Man United's Carrick to hang up his boots at end of season

Jose Mourinho

Charlie Nicholas is backing Manchester United to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by claiming a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Rivals Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus have already booked their places in the last eight and Mourinho added: "If we manage to win the tie and go to the last eight, I think it's a good achievement".

It appears as if Sevilla know that if they have to floor Man Unite in the second leg, they will have to beat De Gea, who has been superb between the sticks for Jose Mourinho's side and has cemented his status as one of the best keepers in the world with a streak of impressive performances against top oppositions.

The last team to advance in any knockout stage despite a goalless draw at home in the first leg was Atletico Madrid, who defeated Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the semifinals in 2014.

"When a team gets into the last eight, the feeling is you are among the best, but anything can happen".

"If we go through to the quarter-finals, it doesn't matter the opponent, it will always be one of the big names in European football, but we'll try", Mourinho said.

Europa League success last season rescued Mourinho's first year in charge at Old Trafford, securing a place in Europe's premier club competition as a result.

"So imagine if we were knocked out - it would be considered a disaster, but for me it would be a disappointment". But when you draw away, even though it's a 0-0, we get to decide the tie at home.

The Red Devils are playing in the Champions League this season after having qualified for the competition thanks to their Europa League triumph under Jose Mourinho last term.

Carrick has won 18 trophies in 12 years at United, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008. "But he trained a little bit".

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