"For us, it's all about getting through to the next round", he told The Mirror.
"And this time we did it for quite a long time, and in the last period so you could see the players in a competitive situation". It's not grey. Tomorrow is really important because it's a knockout match.
Despite Keane's beliefs that United have issues at the back, the club boast the best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded one less goal than Manchester City, while their FA Cup win at Huddersfield at the weekend saw them claim their 24th clean sheet of the season. Sevilla, both under Berizzo and his replacement Vincenzo Montella, have a flexibility in midfield, but essentially have a similar triangle with Ever Banega (or Guido Pizarro, who has stepped in since Banega suffered a thigh injury) as a deep-lying playmaker and Nolito or Franco Vazquez as the Number 10, with Steven N'zonzi playing the restrained shuttling role in a far more responsible manner than Pogba has of late.
"We're a great side and we can achieve things".
"We are not afraid of United".
Teammate Clement Lenglet said the players were determined to prove the doubters wrong against United, telling the club's official website: "Few people think we are going to go through and that truly motivates us".
"We want to show everyone that we are not a small team and can compete against anyone". They do not need to win it - although were Mourinho to become the first manager to lift the trophy with three different sides, it would silence a lot of his critics - but they do need some big performances and big results.
The arrival of Alexis Sanchez on the left side of the United attack in January has exacerbated those differences as Pogba and the Chilean are yet to complete 90 minutes together.
"It's what we should expect of ourselves - to be at this stage of the Champions League", Carrick said about the upcoming clash.