Manchester United need to ‘bully’ Sevilla in ‘dangerous’ Champions League clash, says Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand says his old side face a ‘dangerous’ night ahead against Sevilla and urged the Red Devils to ‘bully’ the La Liga club.

United came away from Spain with a 0-0 draw a fortnight ago but must beat Sevilla to progress to the last-8.

Jose Mourinho described the draw as ‘not great but not bad’ and will take encouragement from his side’s three wins since against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

However, Ferdinand says the aggregate score is risky and urged the Red Devils to deploy ‘old school English’ tactics and play at pace against Sevilla.

‘0-0 is dangerous. United have to come out of the blocks firing, come out and try bully this team,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘Play at a fast, old school English type of pace. Don’t play slow pass it here, pass it there, be direct, make them defend, and be clinical.

‘They should be rocking. There will be a confidence and swagger. There’s been a lot of negative stuff said about United.

‘As a team, bar Man City, United have had a good season, where they are in the league, cup competitions and still in the UCL.’

United last made the last-8 in 2014 when the club were knocked out by Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich 4-2 on aggregate.

The Red Devils face Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.