Manchester United cruised into the Europa League quarter-finals with a 5-1 aggregate win over Real Betis after Marcus Rashford’s 27th goal of the season sealed a 1-0 victory in Spain.
Rashford broke the deadlock just shy of the hour with a stunning strike from range to kill off the tie and end Betis’ hopes of a miraculous comeback. The Spanish side had looked the most dangerous up until that point.
United failed to control the first half, allowing the game to become stretched which almost resulted in Betis taking an early lead through Juanmi only for the forward to miss the target when through on goal. Forty-one-year-old Joaquin’s deflected effort also hit the upright as United buckled under the early Betis pressure.
But wastefulness from former Man City boss Manuel Pelligrini’s side ensured United could weather the storm and progress after Rashford put a horrendous miss behind him to add the finishing touches to United’s win as they march on in the Europa League in search of a second trophy this season.
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Manchester United host Fulham on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter-finals in their final game before the international break.