Manchester United will relish the chance to turn their focus away from the Premier League and over to Thursday’s Europa League clash with Real Betis.
Erik ten Hag’s side are right back under the microscope after their catastrophic 7-0 defeat to Liverpool, which was so bad that it has erased almost all the positivity the Red Devils had created over the months prior.
It was just a few weeks ago that United booked their place in this round with a two-legged victory over Barcelona, who four places above Betis at the top of the La Liga standings.
Here’s all you need to know about this one.
Man Utd vs Real Betis H2H Results
This will be the first competitive meeting between Man Utd and Real Betis.
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Man Utd team news
Casemiro, who is one yellow card away from a suspension in this competition, is reported to have picked up an injury to more than just his pride in the defeat to Liverpool, with a late fitness test set to dictate his involvement in this one.
Victor Lindelof also missed that game through an unknown injury, while Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane were both doubts for the match but ended up playing. The duo might sit out here having failed to show anything close to their best at the weekend.
Anthony Martial remains out with a hip problem.
Man Utd predictedl lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Martinez, Malacia; Sabitzer, McTominay; Sancho, Fernandes, Garnacho; Rashford
Real Betis team news
Nabil Fekir’s season-ending injury comes as a massive blow to Betis, who are also set to be without midfielder Juan Cruz through injury as well.
There is some positive news for Betis though as Sergio Canales returned to training on Monday after missing the weekend’s draw with Real Madrid.
Real Betis predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Bravo; Sabaly, Felipe, Pezzella, Miranda; Carvalho, Rodriguez; Canales, Rodri, Perez; Iglesias
Betis are more than capable of compounding United’s misery and Ten Hag will have undoubtedly warned his players that they will be on the receiving end of another humiliation if they don’t step their level up.
That being said, the last catastrophe against Brentford proved to be the catalyst for major improvement from United, who have already proved capable of bouncing back from intense setbacks under the Dutchman.
Betis have scored 11 goals in their last four league games and will fancy their chances of getting through a vulnerable United backline, even without Fekir, although United should have enough about them to respond and secure the win.
Prediction: Man Utd 2-1 Real Betis
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