Match officials confirmed: Real Betis vs Manchester United

Manchester United visit Seville to take on Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin Stadium on Thursday.

After a 4-1 humiliation at Old Trafford, United go into the second leg with a three-goal advantage. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after six minutes before Antony, Bruno Fernandes and Wout Weghorst all got their names on the scoresheet in the second half.

Going into this game, however, Real Betis played out a 1-1 draw with Villarreal at the weekend. The result leaves them fifth in La Liga, and they’re on the verge of getting knocked out of Europe tonight.

The match officials for the game have been confirmed by UEFA.

Srdjan Jovanovic will be the man in the middle (referee), while the sidelines will be supervised by assistant referee Uros Stojkovic and Milan Mihajlovic.

Meanwhile, Paolo Valeri will be in charge of VAR, with Daniele Doveri his assistant. The role of fourth officials has been given to Novak Simovic.

Hopefully Jovanovic can do a better job than Anthony Taylor at the weekend. The standard of referees in the Premier League is very poor, but it’s not like we ever get any luck when it comes to officiating in Europe.

Two Reds walking on thin ice

Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro are both one booking away from a one-match suspension, so the Reds will need to be on their best behaviour if they feature in the tie. Given United’s lead, Erik ten Hag may take the opportunity to rest several frequent starters.

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