"We know it has been hard for me as a coach to motivate my players for a competition we didn't want to play [the Europa League]". In terms of the Champions League and the European Cup, this season is only the sixth time in the club's history they have competed in the competition.
"We can't look too far ahead".
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". There would be no holding back despite facing Chelsea on Sunday, Mourinho said, and no obligation to play Pogba.
Manchester United travel to Seville tomorrow for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.
"I don't think it's fair to talk about the responsibility of players", he told a news conference on Tuesday.
N'Zonzi was dropped in January after indicating his desire to leave, but Montella has healed his relationship with the player and the Frenchman has returned to the fold to the delight of his team-mates, who view him as an integral part of the side. I understand that, from your point of you, but I don't like that approach. "When I decide a team I don't look at age, salary, transfer fee, because I think that's not fair".
The club's French defender, Clement Lenglet admits Wednesday night will be a test of his team's abilities, as well as his own as he will be faced with Manchester United's Belgian global forward Romelu Lukaku.
Jesus Navas (Sevilla): "I know it would be nice for some of the friends I've got back in Manchester if we did manage to pull it off and knock out United (out of the Champions League)". Ibrahimovic, on the other hand, hasn't featured for United since he played against Burnley on Boxing Day as his knee injury came back to trouble him. "I have read books about his style of coaching", Montella said of the Portuguese.
"We played the game with the players we had available, the only player that didn't played was David de Gea because we have lots of respect for Sergio Romero and we like him to have some matches before the World Cup but every match we give everything".