A dominant display saw Man United secure a compelling 4-1 victory over Real Betis in their first-leg Round of 16 Europa League tie on Thursday as the Red Devils look to continue remaining consistent in their performances moving further into the season. Excellent in their approach against the La Liga side, United will be keen on moving into the Quarter-final of the European competition.
Following a proactive start to the game against Real Betis, Man United ensured they established themselves as the dominant side on the evening from the first whistle. Having created numerous goal-scoring opportunities throughout the first half, the Red Devils struck first, with Marcus Rashford finding the back of the net in the 6th minute.
The Spanish club ensured they retained a semblance of control in retaining possession following the opening goal however, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side levelling the score in the 32nd minute moving into the half-time break.
The hosts were quick to regain control of the game throughout the second half however, with the Red Devils ensuring they found the back of the net thrice during pivotal moments in the half. Goals from Bruno Fernandes, Antony, and Wout Weghorst saw Erik Ten Hag’s side remain resolute throughout the ninety minutes on the pitch, as they look forward to continuing improving on their collective displays on the pitch over the coming weeks.
Man United Player Ratings Vs Real Betis: Starting XI
David De Gea (GK) – 4/10: Inconsistent in his distribution on the pitch, De Gea remained a liability for most part of the game on Thursday. Having shown a lapse in concentration over recent fixtures, the Spaniard will be needing to return to his best form moving forward.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – 5/10: Substituted at half-time, the Man United defender struggled to make an impact on the pitch against Real Betis. With the place up for grabs within the starting line-up, the full-back will be keen on performing to the best of his abilities moving forward.
Raphael Varane (RCB) – 7/10: Excellent in orchestrating the backline, Varane ensured United remain dominant in their defensive display on Thursday. Pivotal to the team’s performances, the Frenchman will be keen on continuing to remain consistent in his output over the coming weeks.
Lisandro Martinez (LCB) – 7/10: An imposing presence on the pitch, Martinez remained a reliable presence against the La Liga side. Expected to remain an integral part of the backline, the Argentinian will be keen on maintaining his excellent standard of performance over the remainder of the campaign.
Casemiro (CDM) – 7/10: Impenetrable in possession, Casemiro delivered a notable display on Thursday. Vital to the team’s performances on the pitch, the midfielder will be keen on continuing to remain consistent in his displays moving forward.
Fred (CM) – 6/10: Tenacious in his approach, Fred delivered an impactful display against Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Expected to retain his place in the starting line-up at the weekend, the Brazilian will be keen on making a case for a starting spot.
Bruno Fernandes (CM) – 8/10: An impactful presence on the pitch, Fernandes delivered a notable display against Betis. With the Portuguese midfielder pivotal to the team’s prospects in attack, Fernandes will be keen on continuing to remain consistent in his output over the remainder of the season.
Antony (RW) – 6/10: Having scored a sublime goal on the evening, Antony delivered a promising performance on Thursday. Needing to find consistency in his performances, the forward will be keen on performing to his potential over the coming weeks.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – 7/10: Proactive in his approach, the Man United forward delivered a promising performance against Real Betis. A key figure in United’s frontline, the winger will be keen on continuing to perform to his potential over the coming fixtures.
Wout Weghorst (ST) – 7/10: Tireless in his application on the pitch, Weghorst ensured he delivered a notable contribution on Thursday. With the forward having proven key to Ten Hag’s approach in recent months, the Dutch international will be keen on maintaining his level of output over the coming weeks.
Man United Player Ratings Vs Real Betis: Substitutes
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 7/10: Excellent in his contribution following his introduction on the pitch, Wan-Bissaka delivered a notable performance against Betis. With the right-back likely to make the starting line-up this weekend, Wan-Bissaka will be keen on making the best of his opportunities moving forward.
Jadon Sancho (LW) – 6/10: A decent cameo saw Sancho deliver a promising performance on Thursday. Likely to be granted game-time over the coming weeks, the forward will be keen on making a case for a starting spot moving forward.
Tyrell Malacia (LB) – 6/10: A reliable cameo saw Malacia remain an imposing presence in defence against Betis. Expected to be rotated with Shaw over the busy period of fixtures, the full-back will be keen on making the best of his opportunities over the coming weeks.
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Facundo Pellistri (RW) – 7/10: A boisterous presence on the pitch, Pellistri ensured he delivered a notable contribution on Thursday. Likely to be granted more game-time, the youngster will be keen on performing to his potential moving forward.
Scott McTominay (CM) – 6/10: Decent in his cameo, McTominay delivered a reliable performance against the Spanish side. Expected to be utilised as a rotational figure over the coming fixtures, the midfielder will be keen on making the best of his opportunities moving further into the season.
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