The Spanish club travel to Manchester on Tuesday evening for the second leg of their last-16 clash with the Red Devils – the winner will progress to the quarter-finals.
Sevilla impressed in last month’s first leg but the tie ended goalless, thanks to a quite brilliant performance from goalkeeper De Gea.
The Spain international had kept out efforts from Joaquin Correa and Steven N’Zonzi in the first half before he pulled off a miraculous save to deny Luis Muriel’s close-range header.
De Gea has been magnificent for United all season and his performance in Seville led Rio Ferdinand to brand him the ‘best goalkeeper in the world’.
And ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Old Trafford, Sevilla have taken matters into their own hands by sending a cheeky request to De Gea on Twitter.
Rio Ferdinand reacting to De Gea’s save yesterday is the best thing you will watch tonight. [via BT] pic.twitter.com/CxpTrvn9KH
— Red Devil Bible (@RedDevilBible) February 22, 2018
Speaking to BT Sport following the first leg, Ferdinand said: ‘We were talking about De Gea before, when he first came, even as players we were sitting there with doubts really.
‘A young kid just coming to Manchester United, and we needed to win every year. How were we going to do that with a young kid, who was inexperienced and looked like he was lacking confidence?
‘But you look where he is today and that’s a sign of someone who has worked hard to get where he needs to get.
‘He’s the best goalkeeper in the world. Time and time again he produced saves like this. I celebrated it like it was a goal. He’s the full package – it was breathtaking.’
United head into the last-16 clash on the back off last weekend’s important Premier League win over rivals Liverpool.
Paul Pogba missed that fixture with an injury and Mourinho is unsure whether he will be fit to return against Sevilla.
On the task his team face to progress to the last-eight, Mourinho said: ‘I think it is a very difficult match. We are going to try to prove that we are better [than the first leg].’