Matic's praise for McTominay certainly resonated in light of Pogba's struggles.
"Scott is fantastic", he added. "He fights for the team, he runs a lot". "Alexis played Champions League for a few years with different clubs, at least one club that is feeling the responsibility to win it when he was at Barcelona".
Frenchman Lenglet told Spanish broadcaster COPE Sevilla: "I believe we are ready for United".
Mourinho-managed teams, too, are hard to beat when they are ahead - a fact highlighted by a prolific Liverpool side's struggles to break down United after the Portuguese set his side up defensively in the second period following Marcus Rashford's two-goal salvo in the first 24 minutes.
Barcelona have improved defensively but you can still get at them due to their attacking intent. The Englishman had been forced slightly wide but the finish was glorious. Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford also were far more comfortable in their roles while United caught Liverpool on the counter repeatedly in the early minutes, leading to Rashford scoring twice.
Romelu Lukaku was influential in the win against Jurgen Klopp's men.
He knows how to win and his mind was already drifting to the next two assignments.
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.
"I can imagine that if we lose against Sevilla, everyone will have forgotten what we did in the last couple of weeks".
Here's what Charlie is predicting for that fixture and the four Champions League meetings.
The Liverpool coach has often stressed he does not see the captain's armband as a guarantee of selection for the biggest games.
Manchester United have been in pretty good form at the moment.
Although Liverpool were not discredited in defeat in a stadium where they historically struggle, central midfield is the area which will evolve as part of the next stage of their development.
He knows the fans don't hate him, they're just angry with him, but it was the first time I've heard him use the word "hate" and I just think he's realising he needs to do something to ease the anger.