"Do I have the ideal team for Champions League success?"
Some onlookers later questioned the wisdom of such an approach though, with Jose Mourinho having made a decision to take his chances back in Manchester despite the knowledge that a score draw would see United dumped out of the competition at the round of 16 stage. "So, of course, knockout becomes more important than league matches".
Manchester United's scoreless draw in Sevilla was not one for the purists - a turgid affair of few clear-cut chances with neither side asserting any sort of authority upon proceedings. "I don't know, we don't know yet, but he trained a little bit after you left".
Manchester United is now second in the EPL standings, while Sevilla holds the fifth position in the La Liga table. I know that it is very hard to go through.
Doubters may have been quietened by successive wins over Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Liverpool, with a mix of performances ultimately doing enough to give the Red Devils a cushion in second place.
Mourinho hinted Marcus Rashford is in line for another start after his two-goal display against Liverpool.
Sevilla last reached the quarter-finals of Europe's top competition in 1958, only the third edition of the European Cup, losing to eventual winners Real Madrid.
"I read some quotes from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League", Mourinho told reporters, according to the club's website, referring to De Boer.
United have drawn 22 goalless matches in the Champions League, a record they share with AC Milan.