Manchester United must respect Sevilla’s Europa League pedigree – says Van Persie

Robin Van Persie

Former Man United striker, Robin Van Persie has urged United not to underestimate Sevilla as they clash in the Europa League semi-final.

Van Persie cited the Spanish club’s fine record in the competition as a reason for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to be on high alert in Cologne.

Sevilla have won the Europa League five times, including twice when it was the UEFA Cup, and claimed the honour three times in a row from 2014 to 2016.

He said: “They are one of the favourites, [but] first they have to find a way around Manchester United,” Van Persie, who won the 2012-13 Premier League at Old Trafford, told Stats Perform News.

“They are cup fighters, they live to play these type of games.

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“I almost talked to them before my time at Arsenal, they were one of the three options I could go to. It was tempting to go there, but then I chose Arsenal.”

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