Real Betis vs Manchester United Preview (1-4)

Manchester United look to get the job done in Spain after an emphatic 4-1 win at Old Trafford against Real Betis. United recovered well from their demoralising loss to Liverpool with a big win in their first leg but now must travel to Seville to secure progression to the Europa League Quarter-Finals. Manchester United know they have a big margin to support the performance but would rather build momentum against Betis than lose anymore after their goalless draw with Southampton on Sunday.

Real Betis will need a miracle against Manchester United to progress to the next round and while they have scored three or more a few times this season, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of the last eight matches. They may choose to rest some players with more of a focus towards securing Champions League football next season but they still have a slim chance. Here’s all you need to know:

Real Betis vs Manchester United Match Information:

Teams: Real Betis and Manchester United
Date: Thursday 16th March
KO Time: 17:45 GMT
Location: Benito Villamarín Stadium
Managers: Manuel Pellegrini and Erik ten Hag
Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic

Manchester United Team News vs Real Betis:

Manchester United continue to be without Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek for the long term. Anthony Martial is still unavailable while edging closer and closer to a return to the side. Casemiro, while suspended domestically, is elligible to play in Europe during his four game domestic suspension. However, the most recent news is that Antony missed training this morning and was not part of the travelling squad to Seville we assume through injury. Marcel Sabitzer missed the last two games due to injury but has made the travelling squad and could feature.

Interesting Facts:

  • Manchester United have not lost away in Spain since 2019 when they were dumped out of the Champions League to Barcelona in a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.
  • If Manchester United secure progression to the next round, they will have made the quarter finals of every competition and remain the only club in Europe still in every competition available.
  • Marcus Rashford has five goals and two assists in seven Europa League games. He is the competiton’s joint top goalscorer.

Predicted XI:

I expect some changes for United as they have the luxury of a three goal lead. I think Dalot, Malacia and Maguire definitely come in and possibly Lindelof too. Casemiro, despite being a card away from another suspension, should start this one. Same goes for Fred who I expect to be his partner in midfield.

I think Weghorst will start after his early departure against the Saints. Rashford will start on the left with Sancho on the right. Fernandes is likely start in the middle but I could see Pellistri starting instead of him and Sancho starting the game at 10 to give Bruno some rest. But I expect inevitably, he will come on at some point.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Malacia; Casemiro, Fred; Pellistri, Sancho, Rashford; Weghorst

Predicted Score:

I think United continue their good form in the cups with a win. Provided they don’t have the bad luck and dodgy refereeing they experienced at the weekend!! I think if Betis look for it to not be embarrassing then it may be a struggle. But if they go for it, there will be space in behind for United to pile on the misery. I would expect Rashford to be the difference in this game and a solid defensive display and a clean sheet would not go a miss!

Predicted Score: United to win 0-2

Author: Arjun Handa

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