Man Utd ratings: Harry Maguire claims regular spot but Fred wastes in midfield as Red Devils pass Betis

MANCHESTER UNITED put on a professional display against Real Betis to see them through to the Europa League quarter-finals.

Marcus Rashford’s second-half lightning strike put the tie beyond doubt and sealed a 5-1 aggregate win.

Marcus Rashford scored again to propel Manchester United through to the Quarters


Marcus Rashford scored again to propel Manchester United through to the QuartersPhoto credit: Reuters
Erik ten Hag's team improved after the break


Erik ten Hag’s team improved after the breakPhoto credit: Reuters
Though it was a competitive game throughout


Though it was a competitive game throughoutPhoto credit: AFP

However, United didn’t take it easy early on as Juanmi fired just wide and Joaquin hit the post in the opening 12 minutes.

United eventually grew into the game but failed to delight with an often too-slow performance and lack of ball quality – particularly in the first half.

The 4-1 win in the first leg meant that Erik ten Hag’s team didn’t have to push the issue any further.

But that didn’t stop them from being ready for battle as the game descended into chaos with a series of meaty challenges.

Here’s how SunSport’s Tony Robertson rated the Red Devils.

David de Gea – 6

The usual distribution problems lingered throughout this duel, but were swept well behind the defense when the line was broken or a loose ball was created.

Working with his hands, De Gea handled the ball well, claiming a number of crosses and making a strong punch save from a corner.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7

The stronger of the two full-backs in both attack and defence. Strong on the ball kept the attack relatively calm down his side.

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A tidy but calm performance that once again reminded Ten Hag of his quality as a right-back. Subordinate or

Harry Maguire – 8

Replaced Raphael Varane in the starting XI and came across as sure-footed and on-ball.

Maguire, more combative to step out of the two centre-backs, put in a series of practical blocks on a lofty performance.

Lisandro Martinez – 8

A very good game for the Argentine.

Displayed a good range of passes and dealt with everything that came his way, both when coming up and sweeping behind Maguire, whom he snubbed once in the first half.

Tyrell Malacia – 6

Tactical move from Luke Shaw down the left flank and gave United another option in the build by moving inside as an extra midfielder.

Most threats seemed to come through his side, and defensive performance was far from solid in general.

Casemiro – 6

In the team after the suspension for the next four domestic games, but was back in the thick of things tonight.

He and Fred have been guilty too many times of leaving holes in United’s defense for Betis to play through.


Had a hot time in the early stages. Dribbling past too many times and guilty of a number of unnecessary turnovers, but all the while maintaining his usual enthusiasm.

Usually thrives in a chaotic game like this, but was a shadow of its usual self. Substituted after 60 minutes.

Facundo Pellistri – 7

Facundo Pellistri impressed in his first start for United


Facundo Pellistri impressed in his first start for UnitedPhoto credit: Reuters

Offered United an outlet down the right side and was effective with the ball at his feet despite the few occasions this occurred. A ridiculous yellow card in the 30th minute.

Responsible for United’s most dangerous first-half chance when his volley hit the post. Overall he has done well in his first start for the club.

Bruno Fernandes – 7

She grew and got better and better as the game progressed. He made good changes throughout and was his typical tiger self when called on the defensive.

Played at Rashford early in the second half but the Englishman failed to finish before doing the same for substitute Sabitzer. Substituted after 68 minutes to avoid suspension.

Marcus Rashford – 7

Rashford's strike made it 27 for the season


Rashford’s strike made it 27 for the seasonCredit: AP

Today again on the left wing. More reserved commitment in the build-up, but looked sharp in the final third despite some good chances on the ball.

Thundered home a sensational opener just seconds after blasting a far easier shot miles over the bar. Substituted after 60 minutes.

Wout Weghorst – 6

Showed why he’s important to this United side by making his way into midfield to get the ball up and put it forward.

However, in the last third he lacked the quality of his game, he missed some easy passes. Was inches away from opening the scoring in the first half.


Marcel Sabitzer (60 minutes for Fred) – 6

He almost added a second goal with a close shot into the box but saw Rui Silva’s chance.

Jadon Sancho (60 minutes for Rashford) – 4

Should have had a chance for Elanga late before flaring his lines on shot. The offside flag saved his embarrassment.

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

Has worked hard since its inception and should offer some valving as a left winger.

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

Easily substituted in via Wan-Bissaka for fresh legs but offered a more dynamic option at right back.

Victor Lindelof (On for Martinez 75 minutes) – 6th

The introduction allowed Martinez a break but with Betis seemingly out of strength his work was limited. Man Utd ratings: Harry Maguire claims regular spot but Fred wastes in midfield as Red Devils pass Betis


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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