Casemiro and David de Gea will be integral to Manchester United as they look to beat Sevilla in Spain with the pair having already experienced the hostile atmosphere
According to Ivan Rakitic, David de Gea and Casemiro will have to prepare their Manchester United teammates for their ‘suffering’ experience in Seville.
The Croatian, who won the Europa League with the La Liga side in 2014, has experienced the atmosphere and animosity of Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, both as a home player and as a visitor. United need to go to Andalucia and get a result on Thursday night if they are to get into the semis.
Two late goals last week tied the game and the Red Devils have to show their character on a ground that will not be friendly. Casemiro and De Gea both played at the stadium as guests during their away games in the capital and will have the task of preparing the squad.
Rakitic told Spanish outlet AS: “De Gea or Casemiro who played here will surely explain to you that it’s something different. They come somewhere and they say it’s Sevilla’s competition. They have to suffer, I cannot guarantee that we will qualify but we will leave everything on the pitch.”
Casemiro has been an inspired signing since joining from Real Madrid, highlighted by United’s record win in his absence. The Brazilian has given the team a remarkable lead and should enjoy the atmosphere in Sevilla.
Rakitic added: “These people don’t know what to expect on Thursday. It’s a team with a lot of experience and many millions, but United don’t know how Ramón Sanchez-Pizjuán is so full. I have known since I was at Barcelona that players from other clubs sing the Sevilla national anthem on the pitch. It’s unique. What our fans have created is truly impressive.”
Sevilla struggled in La Liga, but Europe gave them a chance to save the season. United have never beaten the Spanish side in their history, losing to them in the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2018.
Erik ten Hag’s side are struggling to get results away from home, especially against top teams. They have struggled against elite Premier League sides but need to impress in southern Spain if they are to keep their Cup treble hopes alive.
The Europa League remains the last European trophy won by the club under Jose Mourinho’s tenure. Marcus Rashford played a part in that success six years ago and has been a leader this season but faces a race against time to be fit on Thursday night after returning to training.