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MANCHESTER UNITED comfortably booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League at the expense of Real Betis.

Marcus Rashford's sublime strike capped off a 5-1 aggregate score line across both legs.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils' potential new Qatari owners arrived at Old Trafford earlier today for a tour.

Elsewhere, United are set to join the race for Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham.


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  • Gary Stonehouse

    Morning, United fans

    Boss Erik ten Hag and Red Devils' fans are anticipating the Europa League quarter-final draw at noon today with relish.

    Marcus Rashford's latest sublime goal sunk Real Betis 1-0 in Spain to complete a 5-1 aggregate triumph.

    The striker's 19th goal in 24 club games since the World Cup also means he's netted 25 times in Europe for United – one more than Cristiano Ronaldo managed.

    But Ten Hag was just as keen to single out other performers and recalled centre-back Harry Maguire shone too.

    The Dutchman labelled midfielder Bruno Fernandes as "brilliant" and was "pleased" with full-debutant winger Facundo Pellistri.

    Ten Hag praised Rashford's self-belief as the 25-year-old pounced soon after a horror miss.

    And his overall verdict was: "All the players did very well, the players that come in can do a job and give good performances so we not only have 11 players, we have a squad."

    On the transfer front, there are more claims Tottenham will dig in to keep Harry Kane.

    And Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is rated hungrier than ever to move to the Prem.

    Finally, United's potential new Qatari owners were given a tour of the club yesterday morning.

    Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani has reportedly tabled a £5billion bid but current owners the Glazers are said to want £6bn.

    Al Thani is promising to wipe the club’s debt and fund upgrades for Old Trafford and the Carrington training ground.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rashford breaks Ronaldo record

    How about this for a stat?!

    Marcus Rashford's crazy goal form post-World Cup means he's surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo in one major way.

    Rashford's winner at Real Betis tonight took him to 25 European goals – one more for United than all-time great Rashford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Rashford kept his belief'

    Marcus Rashford's winner proved his belief is unstoppable.

    That seemed to be the conclusion of United boss Erik ten Hag as tonight's 1-0 triumph at Real Betis sealed a 5-1 aggregate route to the Europa League last eight.

    Rashford now has 30 goals this season for United and England, including 27 for the Red Devils, of which 19 have come in 24 games since the World Cup.

    But he produced a woeful miss shortly before lashing home a 25-yard special on 55 minutes.

    Boss Ten Hag said: "That tells you something about the team's performance, and it tells you something about him.

    'If he keeps the focus and makes sure he has the energy, the way he has to play in that system and style, he will get in scoring positions.

    "Then it's about him – he has the ability to finish.

    "Rashy had some chances before and he missed some, but he kept his belief. He kept trying and got his reward.

    'All good strikers know that not every chance you get will be a goal. But at this level, you don't create five or six chances in a game, so one of the two has to be in."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Bruno brilliant' says Erik

    Bruno Fernandes has certainly bounced back form his much-criticised display in the 7-0 Anfield annihilation.

    United boss Erik ten Hag raved about his attacking midfielder as tonight's 1-0 win at Real Betis sealed a 5-1 aggregate triumph in the Europa League last 16.

    Ten Hag told BT Sport: "Bruno, I think he was brilliant today.

    "He led the team from the first minute by his game, his possession made the rhythm of the game and then scored a goal. So I'm happy."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Sub ratings

    Marcel Sabizter (on for Fred 60mins) – 6

    Almost added a second goal with a close shot in the area but saw the chance saved by Rui Silva.

    Jadon Sancho (on for Rashford 60mins) – 4

    Should have squared a chance for Elanga late on before fluffing his lines on the shot. Offside flag saved his embarrassment.

    Anthony Elanga (On for Fernandes (68mins) – 6

    Worked hard after his introduction and should offered an outlet as a left wing runner.

    Diogo Dalot (On for Wan-Bissaka 75mins) – 6

    Simply coming on for fresh legs over Wan-Bissaka, but offered a more dynamic option at right back.

    Victor Lindelof (On for Martinez 75mins) – 6

    Introduction allowed Martinez a rest but with Betis seemingly out of steam his work was limited.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Front three ratings

    Facundo Pellistri – 7

    Offered United an outlet on the right side and was effective with the ball at his feet despite the limited occasions this occurred. Handed a ridiculous yellow card in the 30th minute.

    Responsible for United's most dangerous chance in the first half with his volley striking the post. Overall did well on his first start for the club.

    Marcus Rashford – 7

    Back on the left wing today. More reserved involvement in build up but looked sharp when on the ball in the final third despite missing a number of good chances.

    Thundered home a sensational opener just seconds after firing a far easier shot miles over the bar. Subbed after 60mins.

    Wout Weghorst – 6

    Showed why he is important to this United side, dropping into midfield to help bring the ball upfield and make it stick up front.

    Lacked quality with his play in the final third though, misplacing a number of easy passes. Was inches away from opening the scoring in the first half.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Midfield ratings

    Casemiro – 6

    In the team following suspension from the next four domestic fixtures but was back in the thick of the action tonight.

    He and Fred too often guilty of leaving holes in the United defence for Betis to play through.

    Fred – 5

    Endured a torrid time in the opening stages. Skipped past in dribbles on too many occasions and guilty of a number of needless turnovers, but retained his usual enthusiasm throughout.

    Usually thrives in a chaotic game such as this but was a shadow of his usual self. Subbed after 60mins.

    Bruno Fernandes – 7

    Grew and got better as the match went on. Switched the play well throughout and was his typical tigerish self when called into defensive action.

    Played in Rashford early in the second half but the Englishman was unable to finish before doing the same for substitute Sabitzer. Subbed after 68mins to avoid suspension.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rest of the defender ratings

    Harry Maguire – 8

    Replaced Raphael Varane in the starting XI and looked assured both on and off the ball.

    The more combative in stepping up out of the two centre-backs, Maguire put in a number of handy blocks on top of an aerially strong display.

    Lisandro Martinez – 8

    A quietly good game for the Argentine.

    Showed off a good range of passing and dealt with everything which came his way both when stepping up and sweeping behind Maguire, whom he berated at one stage in the first half.

    Tyrell Malacia – 6

    Tactical switch from Luke Shaw at left back and gave United a different option in build up by moving inside as an extra midfielder.

    Most danger seemed to come down his side, and defensive output was generally far from stalwart.

  • Ian Tuckey

    United player ratings

    Here's our man Tony Robertson's verdict on what he labelled a "professional display" as the Red Devils won 1-0 in Spain for a 5-1 aggregate success over Real Betis.

    David De Gea – 6

    The usual distribution problems persisted throughout this tie but swept up well behind the defence whenever the line was broken or a loose ball created.

    When De Gea he was worked with his hands he handled the ball well, claiming a number of crosses and making a strong punching save from a corner.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7

    The stronger of the two full-backs in both an attacking and defensive sense. Strong on the ball kept the attack down his side relatively quiet.

    A tidy but quiet display which once again reminds Ten Hag of his quality from right-back. Subbed off.

  • Ian Tuckey

    F/T: Betis 0 Man Utd 1 – Red Devils cruise through

    Marcus Rashford's wonder winner on 55 minutes put United into the Europa League quarter-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

    The Red Devils saw off a fierce start from their Spanish hosts to eventually look comfortable.

    And Facundo Pellistri can be proud of his lively full debut on the wing.

    For all the reaction, go to our MATCH BLOG

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOAL! Real Betis 0 Man Utd 1

    Marcus Rashford continued his sensational goal form with a 25-yard opener.

    The England striker netted for the sixth time in eight games with a dipping right-footer into the bottom far corner on 55 minutes.

    For all the action, go to our MATCH BLOG

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: Betis 0 Man Utd 0

    The Spaniards instantly threatened at the start of the second period.

    For all the action , go to our MATCH BLOG

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: Betis 0 Man Utd 0

    United overcame Betis' early surge to go in at the break level.

    But it's a lively contest with the Spaniards showing plenty of belief they can overturn the 4-1 first-leg deficit.

    For all the action , go to our MATCH BLOG

  • Ian Tuckey

    How I rule the Red Devils

    Erik ten Hag has been quick to stamp his authority on his Manchester United side, writes GIACOMO PISA.

    The Dutchman has not been afraid to lay down the law since taking over as boss.

    Evidence of that includes the brutal extra running after the loss to Brentford earlier in the season, benching Marcus Rashford for oversleeping before the win over Wolves, and axing Cristiano Ronaldo altogether.

    In a BT Sport interview with United legend Robin van Persie, Ten Hag was asked if he had changed much in terms of the rules at the club.

    The Old Trafford gaffer revealed his rules off the pitch must be followed so ill discipline doesn’t creep in on the pitch.

    But Ten Hag admitted he doesn’t actually have a long list of regulations that his players must adhere to.

    He said: “I have certain rules [that] must be [followed] off the pitch because when there is no discipline in the rules off the pitch, it will transfer on the pitch.

    “For me [there are] not many rules because I am working with adults. I am working with players who have won everything already in the world.

    “They know how to win trophies so also they know what to do, which lifestyle they have to do. And they know that you have to act as a team to be successful.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Conte admits Kane future not clear

    Antonio Conte has dropped a big hint on Harry Kane's future.

    England captain Harry Kane has been extensively linked with a transfer over the summer window, with the likes of Manchester United very interested.

    Previous reports have suggested Tottenham will demand £100million for their record goalscorer, but United chiefs believe they will lower this if Spurs finish outside of the top four.

    However, other reports suggest the North Londoners will block Kane from leaving and risk his contract expiring in 2024.

    Regardless, Spurs boss Conte has confirmed the club's intention to keep Kane, but gave no assurances over such a move.

    Speaking in his press conference ahead of the clash against Southampton, Conte said: "For sure, the club wants to involve Harry Kane for the rest of his career in my opinion.

    "Because when you have this type of player, a world class striker like him, for sure you want him to stay here for the rest of his career.

    "But then you know football, you know football.

    "Sometimes it's unpredictable but I think it's not in my task to make a decision. This is a decision for the club and for Harry."

  • Ian Tuckey

    It's under way: Real Betis 0 Man Utd 0

    Facundo Pellistri fired an instant cross over on his full United debt.

    And the Betis fans are in good voice as they dream of arguably the best win in the club's history.

    For all the action , go to our MATCH BLOG

  • Ian Tuckey

    Casemiro joins the pink Devils

    Casemiro was joined by a number of his Manchester United team-mates at his daughter's seventh birthday party, writes GIACOMO PISA.

    And Red Devils fans were left chuckling after seeing the group of Premier League stars sitting around a little pink table.

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    Casemiro's wife, Anna Mariana Casemiro, posted a video of what looked to be a Barbie-themed birthday party to her Instagram account.

    The couple, who married in 2014, have two children together.

    And they celebrated daughter Sara's seventh birthday with an adorable bash, complete with a Barbie cake.

    The footage showed Casemiro sat around a small pink table with Old Trafford pals Fred, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Pellistri and Maguire start

    Facundo Pellistri, Harry Maguire and Tyrell Malacia all come in for United at Real Betis tonight, ko 5.45pm.

    Injured Antony, plus Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, drop out.

    With his Spanish side 4-1 down from the Europa League last-16 first leg, Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini has made seven changes from Sunday's 1-1 LaLiga draw with Villarreal.

    Familiar names like Ayoze Perez, Sergio Canales and 41-year-old Joaquin all start.

    For all the action , go to our MATCH BLOG

  • Ian Tuckey

    Old Trafford chiefs show bidders around

    Man Utd’s potential new Qatari owners arrived for a tour of their prospective purchase this morning.

    Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the Gulf state’s ruling royal family, has tabled a bid believed to be under the Glazers’ £6billion asking price.

    Al Thani’s bid is reportedly worth £5bn but he is promising to wipe the club’s debt and fund upgrades for both Old Trafford and Carrington.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Prem is 'biggest dream' for Osimhen

    Victor Osimhen still dreams of playing in the Premier League, reports claim.

    However, there are suggestions that the Napoli goal machine – linked to Arsenal and especially Manchester United – would also be open to joining European giants Bayern Munich.

    The 24-year-old has scored 23 goals in 28 games in all competitions this season.

    He has fired Napoli to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history, and they are also 18 points clear at the top of Serie A.

    But Sky in Germany say his "biggest dream" is to play in the Premier League.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are thought to be keen on his signature.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag promises to name strong line-up

    Facundo Pellistri is expected to start versus Real Betis tonight.

    The 21-year-old winger could make his first start for the club despite joining in 2020.

    Pellistri has played seven times this season with all appearances coming off the bench.

    Meanwhile, Casemiro is likely to play as his Premier League suspension does not carry over into the Europa League.

  • Alex Smith

    Constructive talks

    The Qatari delegation in Manchester have enjoyed a "very constructive" day, report Sky Sports.

    Other claims suggest that today has been positive in terms of discussion between multiple officials.

    The group apparently feel "warmly welcomed", say CBS Sports.

  • Alex Smith

    Ratcliffe will appear tomorrow

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be in attendance as bidders get a tour of Old Trafford.

    Reports suggest that he will be joined by Ineos co-owners Andy Currie & John Reece plus chiefs Rob Nevin and Jean Claude Blanc as well as director of sport Dave Brailsford.

    The Qatari bid led by Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani have been in Manchester today. Yet the main man was not there, leaving the trip to his advisers.

  • Alex Smith

    Kane vs Osimhen

    A striker is reportedly a priority for Erik ten Hag this summer.

    And Thierry Henry has compared Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen and told them who to sign.

    Henry told CBS Sport: “Because of the Premier League and he knows the league, if I’m Man Utd I go Kane.

    “That doesn’t mean Osimhen is not a good player of whatever, it has nothing to do with that. I think Osimhen can adapt in any league.

    “But if I’m Man United, I would look at it like okay, this guy doesn’t need to adapt to anything, he has a way of dropping and can allow Marcus Rashford to run in behind him when he drops."

  • Alex Smith

    Draw simulated

    Man Utd will face a former manager in our simulated Europa League quarter-final draw.

    SunSport put the eight pairs of teams facing off in last-16 action tonight into a virtual hat before the real deal in Nyon tomorrow.

    And the randomised selections threw up a bumper set of fixtures.

    The first pair of teams to come out were Manchester United or Real Betis – and they were pitted against Roma or Real Sociedad.

    It could be another trip to Spain or a meeting with ex-boss Jose Mourinho.

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