Manchester United travel to Seville for the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie against Real Betis. The Reds lead 4-1 on aggregate thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, Antony, Bruno Fernandes and Wout Weghorst in the first leg.
Competition: Europa League Round of 16
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin
Kick Off: 17:45 UK Time
TV Channel: BT Sport
How do Manchester United Look?
Last time out United were frustrated at Old Trafford by a Southampton side that sit bottom of the Premier League. Erik ten Hag’s side struggled to create chances in the opening stages of the game and had to be bailed out by some good saves from David De Gea. United were beginning to grow into the game but their momentum was halted when Casemiro was shown a red card in the 34th minute. The Brazilian will miss United’s next four games in domestic competitions due to suspension and will be a big loss for the side over the coming weeks. United would continue to push forward despite the absence of Casemiro and almost took the lead just before half-time through Raphael Varane. The Frenchman got onto the end of a good set-piece delivery from Bruno Fernandes but was halted by Gavin Bazunu. United were under pressure for large periods of the second half and couldn’t create anything. Their best chance of the game came from a Bruno Fernandes strike that was pushed onto the posy by Bazunu in the 67th minute. A draw for against Southampton is frustrating but not a disaster, United will to kick on from here as we head into the business end of the season.
Alejandro Garnacho picked up an injury in the game against Southampton after a challenge from Kyle Walker-Peters and will be out for some time. Antony is ill and will not travel to Sevilla. Marcel Sabitzer makes a return to the squad after being out with a knock.
Opposition: Real Betis
Real Betis currently sit 5th in La Liga and are in good form picking up three wins and two draws in their last five games in the league. Betis have been strong in the Europa League earning 16 of a possible 18 points from their six group-stage matches. Manuel Pelligrini’s side will need to make a fast start if they want to overturn the three-goal deficit against Manchester United.
One player Real Betis will be relying on if they are to make the comeback against United is Borja Iglesias. The Spanish striker is Betis’ top scorer in the league with 11 goals and will be a threat in and around Manchester United’s penalty area. United will need to shut the striker down if they want to keep the tie under control.
Manchester United already have one foot into the next round of the Europa League but Erik ten Hag won’t want his side to become complacent. Real Betis will want to put in a strong performance in front of their home supporters and will believe they can make the comeback. United should have enough to win the game even with a rotated side but Betis certainly won’t go without a fight.
Real Betis 1-2 Manchester United