Manchester United 4-1 Real Betis LIVE! Europa League result, match stream and latest updates today


Manchester United vs Real Betis LIVE!

Manchester United showed their character by comprehensively beating Real Betis 4-1 in the Europa League four days on from their humiliating defeat at Liverpool.

Marcus Rashford kept his cool to lash the hosts into an early lead as the snow fell at Old Trafford, only for Ayoze Perez to drill home a superb leveller against the run of play. That moment gave hope to Manuel Pellegrini's side and David De Gea was breathing a sigh of relief just before the break after his terrible pass led to a Perez effort deflecting off the post.

But United returned strongly from half-time and Antony curled home a lovely left-footed strike before skipper Bruno Fernandes, who faced intense scrutiny for his Liverpool display, headed home.

Wout Weghorst, another criticised after Anfield, scored his first Old Trafford goal to wrap up a comfortable win that means Ten Hag's men head to Seville next Thursday with a three-goal cushion.

Man United vs Real Betis highlights

  • GOAL! Rashford gives hosts perfect start

  • GOAL! Perez cracker levels tie

  • GOAL! Antony fires United back in front

  • GOAL! Fernandes adds a header

  • GOAL! Weghorst gets his goal

Manchester United FC 4 - 1 Real Betis Balompié

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Manchester United survived another key test of their mentality by beating Real Betis 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Recap the action with our match report!

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Man United hit by VAR controversy

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Paul Scholes was left unhappy by Real Betis’ opener, which Juanmi appeared to have assisted following a handball.

He told BT Sport: “These rules are stupid, aren’t they? Handball is handball, it’s handball that led to a goal and should have been disallowed.”

Read the full story!

That is some stat!

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Highlights: Weghorst grabs first Man United goal in Europe

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Around the grounds

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Marcus Rashford delights in Wout Weghorst goal

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“100 per cent, he’s a forward and he gets joy from scoring goals. As much as he works hard he wants to score goals and everyone was very pleased for him.”

Highlights: Antony’s fine strike puts Red Devils back ahead

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United in command ahead of return leg

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These sides will reconvene in Seville for an early evening kick-off next week. And remember, no away goals!

FULL TIME! Man United 4-1 Real Betis

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Job done for the Red Devils, and how!


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90+2 mins: Pellistri has been a livewire off the bench and chases Fernandes’ through ball down to fire at Bravo, via a deflection. Good stop.

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90 mins: Four minutes added on as United consider taking a corner short, but Fernandes will instead swing it in.

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88 mins: United want a fifth... Casemiro flashes a cross past the far post.

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85 mins: All United fans making the noise now, those 4,000 away supporters maybe just thinking this tie is beyond their side even back in Seville next week.

GGGOOOOAAALLLL!!! Man United 4-1 Real Betis

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82 mins: WEGHORST!

Pellistri straight into the action with a dart down the right to find McTominay... his shot is parried to Weghorst for the striker’s second Man United goal!

The big Dutchman absolutely loves that.

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81 mins: After the corner is dealt with, McTominay and Pellistri replace Fred and Antony.

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80 mins: Fernandes the next to play in a lovely pass behind the Betis line, which is just cleared with United well on top.

Willian Jose replaces Juanmi for the visitors as McTominay prepares to come on.

Man United chance!

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79 mins: Weghorst slips in a delightful pass for Antony, who one-on-one is denied by Bravo!

Man United chance!

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75 mins: Superb block by Felipe!

After a disastrous attempt to clear a ball into the box, he sticks a leg out to deny Weghorst’s rebound.

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72 mins: Betis showing little sign of getting back into this one, Antony bouncing a weak attempt wide from distance.

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68 mins: Yellow card for Fernandes and Pezzella really wants to have a go at the midfielder after he went in for a challenge with Bravo!

It’s not a great challenge from Fernandes after a loose backpass allowed him to chase the goalkeeper down - but he arrived second and conceded the foul.

He’s perhaps going to get away with that. Not quite a studs up challenge on Bravo’s shin -and VAR agrees.

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67 mins: Sancho teases his two markers left and right, and left and right again, before teeing up Fred for a tame shot easily leapt on by Bravo.

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65 mins: Ten Hag sends Rashford and Shaw for early baths.

Sancho and Malacia come on for the final 25 minutes.

Betis swap Rodriguez for Guardado.

Man United chance!

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63 mins: Samba football from the Red Devils now!

Fernandes rolls a through ball for Antony and he has four players free for a pass... and chips it over the bar.

All smiles now at Old Trafford!

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61 mins: How hard will United push to truly put this tie to bed?

Antony launches another effort on goal, held well by Bravo.

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60 mins: Rubial and Canales were being prepared by Pellegrini anyway and they enter the field of play for Betis at the restart, replacing Joaquin and Luiz Henrique.

GGGOOOAAALLLL!!!! Man United 3-1 Real Betis

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Shaw’s corner is met unmarked at the near post and United have some breathing space!

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57 mins: Lovely ball across the face of goal by Fernandes is turned away for a corner, Weghorst had gambled near-post and couldn’t catch up with it.

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55 mins: Time for United to put Betis really under the cosh, a two-goal lead heading to Spain next week would be massive.

Weghorst is definitely up for it, perhaps a bit too much as he gets booked for dissent after conceding a foul.

GGGOOOOAAALLLL!!!! Man United 2-1 Real Betis

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52 mins: ANTONY!

The winger is kindly shown inside from the right wing and picks out a sublime curling effort that Bravo doesn’t even bother diving for!

Huge for Man United.

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49 mins: United content to knock it around at the back before a questionable lob forward narrowly evades Luiz Henrique to create an attack.

It eventually comes to Wan-Bissaka underlapping into the box, he cuts it back into no-man’s land.

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46 mins: Dalot had a poor first half so not a huge surprise to see Ten Hag make that change, which will try and get a better grip of Juanmi down Betis’ left wing.

Kick-off! Man United vs Real Betis

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We’re back underway in the first leg of this last-16 tie, the score tied at 1-1.

Wan-Bissaka on for Dalot.

Stats check

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Plenty of goal action in this game with Man United firing off nine shots, four on target, to Betis’ five, one of which hit the target.

Nine fouls by United though, to four, but they do tally 56 per cent of possession.

Around the grounds

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No goals in any of the other three Europa League games kicking off at 8pm.

Questions being asked of Man United

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Once again, the Red Devils enter a half-time break a goal worse off than they perhaps feel they ought to be.

We all know what happened last time - and they have dropped off since conceding...

Real Betis enjoying themselves

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The LaLiga side have loooked far from perfect yet have done well to drag themselves back into the tie after the early goal.

Perez’s leveller was a sublime finish and they have clearly rattled Man United, and need only do more of the same in the second half - bar tightening up a bit in defence.

Half time! Man United 1-1 Real Betis

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All square at Old Trafford in an increasingly even last-16 first leg!

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45 mins: Fine interplay by Antony and Fernandes, sending the Portuguese playmaker through to poke a ball across the box... no one is there to finish it off though.

One minute added on.

Real Betis chance!

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43 mins: OFF THE POST!

De Gea gives the ball away and Perez looks to roll in his teammate for an easy finish but a deflection turns it onto the post and United escape!

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42 mins: Nice and calm from the hosts as the break approache, Weghorst pokes through Rashford to force an opening and he cuts it back to Antony... cleared well by Abner!

Replays show Rashford was well offside however, no way that would have counted.

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39 mins: Big questions of United now, who crumbled on the weekend after conceding a surprise goal.

They have not exactly clicked back into gear since the leveller tonight, either.

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36 mins: Those 4,000 away fans in fine voice as United look to get a grip on the game in the sleet.

The goal has only raised Betis’ confidence, though. They might fancy a second...


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34 mins: Minor question of a handball by Juanmi in the build-up to that goal but VAR is satisfied, with certainly not enough evidence to rule it out.

But that finish from Perez... phwoar. A really lovely hit across De Gea with the outside of his foot. 1-1.

GGGOOOAALLL!!! Man United 1-1 Real Betis

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32 mins: PEREZ!

A fabulous finish across the face of goal!

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30 mins: United looking the favourites for the next goal, Casemiro the next to try his luck after Varane’s knockdown from a corner... he contorts himself to scoop an effort high off-target.

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28 mins: Antony looks much better on the left wing than the right, the Brazilian popping another decent ball into the box.

Betis clear and Antony comes forward again, Bravo tipping away Rashford’s placed effort before Fernandes’ shot is blocked.

Man United chance!

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27 mins: Weghorst, who is offside to be fair, flings a leg at Antony’s neat cross from the left and sends it well over the bar!

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25 mins: Rashford pops up on the right to fizz a ball into the box, which Antony fails to control.

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23 mins: Rodriguez stabs a shot goalwards as the corner bounces around - Betis want a penalty but it clearly hit Weghorst in the chest.

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22 mins: Betis’ best move of the match so far comes through Joaquin, dropping into the centre circle to play in Luiz Henrique.

Martinez gets across to concede a corner.

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18 mins: An injury for Bravo after rushing out to deal with Rashford. After a bit of a moment, the veteran goalkeeper will continue.

Man United chance!

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17 mins: Shaw breaks in down the left and Weghorst turns it goalwards at the near post - but it goes just wide!

The big striker wants a corner that isn’t forthcoming and replays suggest he had a point.

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15 mins: Loose from Casemiro in a more patient United attack and Betis latch onto it... and launch a long ball low, flat and straight at United’s defence.

Ten Hag, sporting a rather nice beanie tonight (it is freezing), intensively takes notes.

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13 mins: Varane steps out of defence to win the ball and find Antony, who tries to cut inside in the box but has Abner all over him like a hot rash and Betis get back to clear.

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11 mins: Betis putting together some nice play in the middle third but it’s all a bit flimsy and lightweight from the Spaniards, Carvalho and Rodriguez not yet getting a grip on the game from the centre of the park.

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9 mins: Weghorst beats the offside trap to send a diving header goalwards... if anything he gets too much on it and Bravo can pluck it calmly.

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7 mins: Lovely composure from Rashford to take his time on that moment, beat his man neatly and then lash it home - a powerful finish matched by his roar to lift the crowd after his celebration.

Awful start for Betis.

GGGOOOOAAALLL!!! Man United 1-0 Real Betis

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5 mins: That one will count!

Betis come forward but concede a foul and United go quick, Fernandes crossing for a poor clearance from Felipe to fall to Rashford and he buries it!

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4 mins: A great atmosphere being created by the 4,000 Beticos in the away end, the home fans a bit more sat back and waiting for their players to earn their approval.

A bit of volume raised as Fred picks up a ball down the right in an offside position. The flag goes up but play is allowed to continue for Weghorst to chest home.

No doubts though, offside.

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2 mins: Weghorst up front for United tonight with Rashford on the left wing and Fernandes playing centrally. Fred also playing quite advanced in the midfield.

Kick-off! Man United vs Real Betis

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And we’re off at Old Trafford!

Some big teams in action in the 8pm Europa League kick-offs

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Here come the players!

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Time for that Europa League anthem as a packed Old Trafford welcomes the two teams.

Real Betis are right up for this!

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Erik ten Hag backs Bruno Fernandes

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The players are lining up in the tunnel with Bruno Fernandes about to lead Manchester United out again tonight.

The boss said he “definitely” wanted him as the captain, behind club skipper Harry Maguire, despite his antics at Anfield.

“I think he is playing a brilliant season and he has played a big role in us being where we are,” Ten Hag told reporters. “He is an inspiration to the team; everyone makes mistakes and we learn. I have to learn and he will as well.

“He is intelligent. I’m really pleased he is our player and he is captain when Harry [Maguire] is not playing.”

Man United vs Real Betis: Countdown to kick-off

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The warm-ups are finished off and we’ll be getting underway in just ten minutes’ time...

Europa League early games come to an end

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A big win for Roma as Arsenal take a level scoreline back to London.

Former Man City boss out to haunt old rivals

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Manuel Pellegrini boasts a pretty strong record against the Red Devils having faced them with three former teams; Villarreal, Manchester City and West Ham.

As City boss, he won three, drew one and lost two derby days while winning two and losing one with the Hammers.

Weirdly, all four of his European ties against United at Villarreal finished 0-0.

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Pellegrini calls on Betis to believe in themselves

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Speaking ahead of tonight’s game, Manuel Pellegrini urged his Real Betis players to have the confidence that they can go toe-to-toe with Man United.

“We must be the best Betis team we can be if we are to win here but we can beat Manchester United,” he said.

“United have more financial power than us, but it depends on how you play on the pitch. We don’t feel inferior or feel that we are any better than United, but we have to show that on the pitch.”

Man United vs Real Betis: Countdown to kick-off

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The warm-ups are underway at Old Trafford... kick-off in 30 minutes!

Erik ten Hag explains his selection to BT Sport

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“We want to win so we need a good performance, we think this is the best team for that.

“Of course, they get the opportunity for rehabilitation but this is the most important game and we’ve picked a team with the best chance to win the game.

“We lowered our standards in the last couple of games, Sunday we got hammered for it in the second half.

Real Betis’ away support head into Old Trafford

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Behind the scenes at Old Trafford

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Erik ten Hag issues rallying cry in his programme notes

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“There are some performances and results which cannot be quickly forgotten, and our defeat at Anfield is an obvious example of this.

“It is not acceptable for Manchester United to lose in that fashion to any team, but especially not to Liverpool. I want to make clear to you, our fans, that I share your bitter disappointment about the result, and the players have been left in no doubt that we cannot tolerate what we saw in the second half on Sunday.

“Me, the staff and all the players have to take joint responsibility.”

Man United vs Real Betis: Countdown to kick-off

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Under an hour until we get underway at Old Trafford!

Over in Lisbon, Arsenal are now trailing to Sporting CP...


Man United vs Real Betis match odds

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Man United: 3/10

Draw: 4/1

Real Betis: 8/1

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).

Joaquin starts for Real Betis

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Betis legend Joaquin starts in a 4-2-3-1 setup for the visitors at the ripe old age of 41.

Otherwise, Abner comes in at left-back with Luiz Henrique and Juanmi also picked for the attack.

Playmaker Sergio Canales loses his race to be fit to start tonight.

Unchanged from Man United

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A bold call by Erik ten Hag to send the same XI that lost to Liverpool right back our there again tonight!

Your Betis team

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Real Betis XI: Bravo; Sabaly, Pezzella, Felipe, Abner; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Joaquin, Henrique, Juanmi; Perez.

Subs: Gonzalez, Victor Ruiz, Iglesias, Canales, Willian Jose, Rui Silva, Guardado, Ruibal, Martin, Sanchez, Miranda, Perez Guerrero.

How Man United line up tonight

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Manchester United XI: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Weghorst, Fernandes; Rashford.

Subs: Heaton, Butland, Lindelof, Maguire, Malacia, Sancho, Pellistri, Wan-Bissaka, Elanga, McTominay, Garnacho, Mainoo.

Today’s destination

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A proper cold one in Manchester tonight. Temperatures barely above freezing, rasping wind, sleet/snow/rain - you name it.

It’s 19°C in Seville, meanwhile...


Head-to-head record

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United have never lost a competitive game to Real Betis... or won one... or drawn one.

The Spanish side did, however, beat them in a mid-season friendly this season as Nabil Fekir scored the only goal during the World Cup break.

A busy night in the Europa League

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Four of the eight last-16 first legs are underway with Arsenal level at Sporting CP after both sides scored during the first half in Lisbon.

Roma lead Real Sociedad and Bayer Leverkusen are a goal up over Ferencvaros, with Union Berlin versus Union Saint-Gilloise also 1-1.

Manchester is... green?!

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Los Beticos are well backed and in fine voice on their first-ever trip to Old Trafford.

Manchester United vs Real Betis: Countdown to kick-off

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The Red Devils rocked up nice and early to Old Trafford with team news expected anytime from now to 7pm.

Evening Standard score prediction

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Surely, a reaction can be expected from United. Ten Hag’s side have at least proven they can come back from the brink before and, at home, look favourties to do so again.

Man United to win, 2-0.

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Predicted Real Betis XI (4-2-3-1): Bravo; Sabaly, Pezzella, Felipe, Miranda; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Ruibal, Canales, Perez; Iglesias.

Early Betis team news

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Manuel Pellegrini will be without Nabil Fekir for the foreseeable future after the France international suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Juan Cruz also misses out but Sergio Canales travelled after missing the last two games with a thigh injury.

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Predicted Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Martinez, Malacia; Fred, McTominay; Sancho, Fernandes, Garnacho; Rashford.

Early Man United team news

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Marcel Sabitzer and Anthony Martial are definitely not available for Ten Hag, with options looking a little light for United.

Casemiro is fit after a knock however, likewise Victor Lindelof. Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek remain long-term casualties.

Where to watch Manchester United vs Real Betis

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TV channel: The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 in the UK. Coverage gets underway at 7:15pm.

Live stream: Subscribers can watch on a live stream across mobile devices, laptops, games consoles and more through either theBT Sport website or app.

Manchester United vs Real Betis

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Hello and welcome!

The Europa League last-16 tie between Man United and Real Betis starts here with Old Trafford playing host to tonight’s first leg.

For the Red Devils, a second trophy of the season is very much on their agenda in this competition having downed Barcelona in a play-off round to get here - with this their third encounter with Spanish opposition this season.

But a 7-0 humbling at Liverpool last weekend has reminded Erik ten Hag that his squad is far from the finished product.

Real Betis are fifth in LaLiga and hold out hope of winning their first-ever European title, which will require victory in their maiden meeting with Man United.

Kick-off comes at 8pm!

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