Europa League and FA Cup action: What’s in store for Manchester United this week

Manchester United will play their final two fixtures this week ahead of the March international break.

Their last Premier League match before the break was a stalemate with relegation candidates Southampton. United were unable to find the back of the net and suffered a significant blow when Casemiro received a straight red card in the first half.

With it being his second red of the season, he’ll now miss four matches.

Thursday, March 16 5.45pm – Real Betis (A), Europa League Round of 16 second leg

First up for the Reds is the second leg of their knockout tie with Real Betis. They head into the game with a three-goal advantage, having overseen a 4-1 win in the reverse clash at Old Trafford last week.

The match will take place at the Benito Villamarin Stadium and provides Erik ten Hag with the opportunity for rotation in the starting line-up, as the side are unlikely to concede three with no response.

Casemiro will be available for selection.

Sunday, March 19 4.30pm – Fulham (H), FA Cup quarter-final

Another achievable prospect of silverware is on the cards for United in the form of the FA Cup, however, Fulham are not the easiest opponents they could’ve been drawn to.

Marco Silva’s side have been in outstanding form since returning to the top flight this season and currently sit eighth-placed in the league table.

The last time the clubs faced, it took until injury time for the Reds to secure all three points after a tightly contested trip to Craven Cottage.

Casemiro will not be available for selection and will serve the first of his four-game suspension.

International break

Club football then pauses for Euro 2024 qualifiers through the end of March, with United returning to action on April 2 against Newcastle United.

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