Manchester United have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Europa League courtesy of a 1-0 win over Real Betis in the second leg of their last-16 tie in Seville.
The Red Devils recorded a 4-1 victory in the first leg of their encounter at Old Trafford last week, putting them in a commanding position to reach the final eight of the competition.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the second leg in the 56th minute, finding the back of the net with a brilliant strike from distance, as Erik ten Hag’s side breezed into the quarter-finals.
Man United had the first half-chance of the match when Casemiro, who was start a four-game domestic ban against Fulham in the FA Cup this weekend, met a corner from Bruno Fernandes, but Wout Weghorst just could not reach to convert.
Real Betis should have scored in the eighth minute when Juanmi’s pace took him clear of Maguire, but the attacker placed his effort wide of the far post.
Joaquin then curled one onto the woodwork from distance in the 11th minute, with Man United coming under pressure from the home side, who were cheered on by a vocal crowd.
Real Betis were the team firmly on the front foot as the first period developed, with the visitors mainly restricted to breakaways through the likes of Rashford and Pellistri.
Rashford fired an attempt of his own just too high in the 50th minute, before Fred missed the target from further out two minutes later, as the score remained 4-1 to the Red Devils on aggregate.
Rashford had a brilliant chance in the 53rd minute when he was found by Fernandes inside the penalty box, but the England international could not find a route past Silva, before De Gea made a reflex save to prevent an Ayoze Perez header from finding the back of the net down the other end.
Real Betis should have scored at least once on the night, with Juanmi having a host of opportunities, but the La Liga outfit were ultimately unable to find a way past De Gea.
Man United will now switch their attention to the FA Cup, preparing to welcome Fulham to Old Trafford in the quarter-finals of the competition on Sunday, while Real Betis will resume their La Liga campaign at home to Mallorca on the same afternoon.
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