Real Betis vs Man United – Europa League: Live score and updates
Real Betis 0-0 Manchester United (agg 1-4) LIVE: Juanmi misses BIG early chance to reduce deficit for Spaniards in Europa League last-16 tie, with Red Devils under pressure in first half
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A United free-kick almost squirms its way into the goal as Pellistri’s shot from six-yards out hits Weghorst and clips the post before rolling across the face of goal. So close.
There is absoutely zero midfield play in the last few minutes as both sides adopt a route one approach. First Fernandes sends a ball over the top for Rashford before Betis do exactly the same at the other end. De Gea is alert and gathers comfortably.
Betis win a free-kick as Tyrell Malacia flies into a challenge. Gonzalez wins the initial header that see’s the ball go up in the air but United eventually clear their lines.
Juanmi is again in on goal after beating the offside trap set by United defenders. The attacker has to shoot from a tight angle and hits it straight at the Spanish goalkeeper.
The Manchester United man gets shown a yellow card on his first start for the club and quite frankly it is an absolutely ridiculous decision.
Pellistri has the ball at his feet and goes to ground trying to retain his touch that got away from him. He reaches the ball first and definitely wins the challenge fairly. Betis midfielder Rodriguez goes down under the challenge and the referee brandishes a yellow card.
It’s an early change for Real Betis as Juan Miranda comes on in place of left-back Abner. The departing man didn’t look to be in any discomfort as he left the pitch but an injury can be the only reason he has been hooked so early on by Pellegrini.
United finally start to rediscover some sort of composure as they make a few passes around the edge of the Betis box with Fred, Fernandes, and Rashford all involved. The latter uses his quick feet to create some space but is denied by Betis defenders who do well to stay in shape and get men behind the shot.
The Red Devils started calmly but have quickly lost all of that initial control as Betis look like scoring every time they mount an attack.
The defence is disorganised and being pulled to pieces whenever Betis come forward. As we say that Ayoze Perez nearly gets on the end of a simple long-ball forward. Ten Hag is not happy in the dugout.
We mentioned 41-year-old Joaquin before kick-off and he almost sends the baying Betis crowd crazy as his strike from outside the box takes a deflection before clipping the post. Great strike, Betis are looking really dangerous.
Betis counter-attack and should be ahead on the night after Juanmi used his pace to blister past Maguire and working his way into a one-v-one in the box against De Gea. United’s defence is all over the place and fortunately for them the attacker pulls his effort wide.
A wicked tackle near the halfway line ends up in United getting their first corner of the game. Fernandes whips a delivery into the box and it nearly results in a goal. Casemiro heads the ball on but Wout Weghorst can’t stretch enough to knock the ball into the net.
Erik ten Hag’s side are enjoying pretty much all of the ball in the opening minutes as Betis are made to chase the men in red around the pitch. The hosts do nearly find a way through after United conceded possession cheaply on the edge of their box but the chance eventually fades away.
It’s a fast start from the visitors as a ball over the top is chased down by Pellistri. The youngster uses his pace to get in behind the Betis defence but blasts his cross over the United attackers flooding into the box.
We’re underway in this round-of-16 Europa League clash as Man United look to avoid any sort of implosion as they lead 4-1 on aggregate.
This is your five minute warning ahead of kick-off so get your drinks, snacks, and whatever else you may need ready as you join us throughout tonight’s opening Europa League clash.
Many of us are amazed that former Man United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is continuing to shine at the age of 37. But he’s got nothing on Real Betis’ Spanish playmaker Joaquin.
The LaLiga legend has been at Betis since 2015 and starts again tonight against Manchester United at the age of 41! Can’t see him managing 90 minutes against United’s pacey attack but what an amazing career he has had.
Earlier today Gareth Southgate named his first England squad since the nation’s Qatar World Cup disappointment. Three Manchester United players have been incliuded in the squad ahead of the upcoming international break.
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Arsenal will also be in action tonight as they take on Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates in their second-leg tie. That is more finally poised than United’s trip to Spain with the Gunners currently drawing 2-2 on aggregate. You’ll be able to follow all of the action from London on Sportsmail as well.
Facundo Pellistri has in many ways been Manchester United’s forgotten man since joining from Uruguayan side Penarol in 2020 under the reign of Ole Solskjaer. He was previously loaned out to Spanish side Rayo Vallecano but was kept at Old Trafford this season by Ten Hag.
United’s Dutch boss has been impressed with the 21-year-old winger and has been handing him a couple of opportunities to make an impact off the bench in the Premier League and cup competitions.
Tonight he gets his very first senior start for the club. Hopefully the occasion won’t overwhelm him and he can give United fans something to shout about on their flight home to England.
Players have arrived and made their way into the changing rooms at the Benito Villamarín stadium with kick-off at 5:45.
Manchester United’s permanent captain Harry Maguire has been picked to make a rare start for Erik ten Hag for tonight’s clash in the Spanish sun. The England international hasn’t started since United’s 2-0 away win over Leeds at the start of February.
Former Man City Premier League winning manager Manuel Pellegrini has named a strong side to face United tonight as Betis try to come from behind and pull of what would be a Europa League miracle.
Our starting eleven for #RealBetisManUtd!#BetisDay #EuroBetis pic.twitter.com/PE73AICQ8z
Here comes the team news with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag deciding to hand youngster Facundo Pellistri his first start for the club. Some wholesale changes have been made with Varane and Luke Shaw rested on the bench but Rashford, Fernandes, and Casemiro all start.
🔴 U N I T E D 🔴@FPellistri07 is in for his first start for the Reds 👊#MUFC || #UEL
The LaLiga outfit perhaps won’t be the most familiar name with English football fans, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they aren’t serious competitors.
Betis are currently fifth in the Spanish top division and are aiming to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
However, they are winless in their last three league outings and despite enjoying a great season so far, it is extremely unlikely that they find a way to claw back the existing 4-1 deficit.
The duo have been key leaders for United this season but have to tread carefully against Betis tonight. Should either be booked then they will miss the quarter-finals should the Red Devils reach that stage. Ten Hag however insisted he will play both stars.
Antony hasn’t travelled with the United squad and will be absent after coming down with an illness.
Argentinian youngster Alejandro Garnacho is also missing after he limped off injured against Southampton last time out, revealing in a recent social media post that he expects to be out of action for a considerable amount of time.
Ten Hag has been largely reluctant to make changes to his starting line-ups this season but could do so today with United firmly in control of this tie.
Brazilian Casemiro will most definitely start with this being his last available chance to feature before he starts his four-match ban, while it would be no surprise to see the likes of Rashford, Fernandes, and Raphael Varane placed on the bench after playing lots of minutes throughout the season.
Lisandro Martinez is expected to start after he joined Ten Hag in yesterday’s pre-match press conference.
It’s an early kick-off for Manchester United who will get underway inside the Benito Villamarin stadium at 5.45. Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag will be delighted with that as he eyes to jet his squad back to England ahead of an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Fulham on Sunday.
United have played more matches than any other team in Europe’s top five leagues and have looked tired in recent games as his side played out a 0-0 10-man draw against Premier League strugglers last time out.
Good evening and welcome to Spain for tonight’s Europa League second-leg clash between Real Betis and Manchester United.
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