Dwight Yorke sends warning to Manchester United over Sevilla star Ever Banega

Ever Banega passes the ball during Sevilla's Europa League victory over Wolves

Ever Banega impressed against Wolves in the Europa League quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United hero Dwight Yorke has urged his former club to ‘keep a very close eye’ on Sevilla star Ever Banega ahead of their Europa League semi-final clash.

The Red Devils edged past Copenhagen to seal their place in the last four of the competition and are preparing for their stiffest test yet at Cologne’s RheinEnergieSTADION this evening.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have watched on with interest as Sevilla narrowly beat Wolves to book their place in the semi-finals, with Lucas Ocampos scoring the only goal in the 88th minute of Tuesday’s hard-fought game.

Yorke was impressed with the performance and has picked out Sevilla midfielder Banega as the biggest threat to United’s hopes in Germany.

‘He’s a fantastic player and a player that United need to watch,’ the ex-United striker said on BT Sport’s Club 2020 Daily programme.

‘Wolves sat back and allowed him to take charge of the game. Someone who has that passing ability the vision, you need to close those kind of players down.

‘He doesn’t look like he’s got a lot of pace anymore but he seems like he’s got a good footballing brain.

‘You give him time and space and – even at my age – I can still play I think so I think United will have to keep a very close eye on him.

‘Sevilla got a fantastic result, we need to be at our best to overcome that. This is not going to be an easy game and I do believe the Europa League winner will come from this game.’

Manchester United players train ahead of their Europa League semi-final

The Red Devils do battle with Sevilla for a place in the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)

Solskjaer has called on United’s big-name players to ‘step up’ as the club look to end the campaign on a high with victory over Sevilla.

‘We are physically definitely ready,’ the United head coach said.

‘Mentally the boys will be ready because a semi-final everyone would want to take part and join in. I just want them to enjoy it.

‘For me as well, looking forward to the semis. We’ve been already twice now in the semi this season.

‘Of course we’re happy with going as far as we have but we’re not satisfied. We want to go one step further.

‘You know that when you come to a semi-final, you’re playing against big teams. Good teams with quality. It’s time to step up for big players, big-game moments.

‘You have to have 100 per cent focus because any little moment can change the game.

‘We’ve learned that it’s very painful to lose a semi-final.’

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