Manchester United vs Sevilla: Robin van Persie shares his prediction

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Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has backed the club to edge a five-goal thriller against Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final on Sunday

Previewing the match for UEFA, the Dutchman said: “Sevilla have a very strong team.

“They’re true cup fighters; they won the Europa League three times in a row, so they’re going to be a tough team to beat for Manchester United.

“Ole [Gunnar Solskjær]’s behind the wheel again, getting United going. Every coach always chooses his main guys, and even though Mason Greenwood is only 18 years old, he’s one of them.

“The manager gave him that confidence; he gave it to Anthony Martial, he gave it to Marcus Rashford, he gave it to Paul Pogba, and he gave it to Bruno Fernandes, and these guys are leading by example.

“They’re blossoming with the confidence they get from the coach. That suddenly makes them contenders, in the Europa League but in the Premier League as well in the near future.

“And it mostly comes down [to when] Bruno Fernandes arrived. He is like the engine of the team. You can see that Pogba likes to play with him, because Paul Pogba recognises a world-class player.

“So now they can boss games. The front three players, they’re on their toes, because that final, killer ball can always come, from Bruno or from Pogba.

“[In terms of] world-class midfielders, Pogba was alone [before Bruno Fernandes arrived], and now he’s not, which makes the whole team tick better.

“Sevilla are playing so well – so silky, technical.

“Manchester United: they’re in a very good shape now. They look fit, they look strong, they look ready.

“I would go for Manchester United, but Sevilla are a very, very good team, so a very close one. Man United 3-2 Sevilla.”