Man United VS Real Betis LIVE Football Score 10/12/2022

Man United VS Real Betis LIVE Football Score 10/12/2022

Manchester United will play the second and final of their mid-season friendlies on Saturday evening, with the 20-time English champions set to take on La Liga outfit Real Betis. Erik ten Hag’s side suffered a 4-2 defeat to Cadiz on Wednesday, while Real Betis played two friendlies against Colo Colo in the middle of November, losing 5-0 and 1-0 to the Chilean outfit. Real Betis were last in competitive action against Valencia on November 10, suffering a 3-0 defeat to Los Che, which left them in sixth position in the La Liga table.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won seven, drawn three and lost four of their 14 league games this term to collect 24 points, which is the same number as fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao. Real Betis have also managed to qualify for the knockout round of the Europa League by finishing top of Group C, but they have only won one of their last five in the league, so the winter break came at a good time.

The Green and Whites actually played three friendlies in the middle of November, losing 4-0 to River Plate on November 13 before being beaten 5-0 and 1-0 by Colo Colo in back-to-back matches. Real Betis have another three mid-season friendlies against Man United, Inter Milan and Atalanta BC before returning to competitive action on December 29, welcoming Athletic Bilbao in Spain’s top flight.

Man United, as mentioned, were in friendly action against Cadiz on Wednesday, suffering a 4-2 defeat to the La Liga side, who led by two goals inside the opening 14 minutes of the contest. Anthony Martial and Kobbie Mainoo struck for the Red Devils to level the scores early in the second period, but the Yellow Submarine then went on to win it courtesy of goals from Ruben Sobrino and Tomas Alarcon.

This is Man United’s final match before competitive action resumes, with Ten Hag’s side set to take on Burnley in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on December 21. The 20-time English champions will then be back in action against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on December 27 before ending the year away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Man United were in strong form before the season was halted for the World Cup, winning five of their six matches ahead of the break, including a 2-1 success at Fulham in the Premier League, with Alejandro Garnacho coming up with a last-gasp winner for the Red Devils at Craven Cottage. The result left Ten Hag’s side in fifth position in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have played a game more, while the team will take on Barcelona in a two-legged Europa League knockout round playoff in February.

Real Betis have had Youssouf Sabaly, German Pezzella, Guido Rodriguez, William Carvalho and Andres Guardado in action at the 2022 World Cup, with Pezzella, Rodriguez and Carvalho still at the tournament. As a result, all five will be unavailable for selection here, while the La Liga outfit have injury problems in the shape of Juan Cruz, Joaquin, Luiz Felipe and Victor Camarasa.

Head coach Pellegrini will still be able to call upon a strong starting XI, though, with the likes of Nabil Fekir, Sergio Canales and Borja Iglesias set to feature from the first whistle. As for Man United, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony, Fred, Christian Eriksen, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Raphael Varane, Tyrell Malacia, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot and Facundo Pellistri are all absent due to their involvement in the 2022 World Cup.

Jadon Sancho and Axel Tuanzebe have not made the trip to Spain, meanwhile, but there is still experience in the squad in the shape of David de Gea, Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Martial. Ten Hag is expected to name the majority of the side that took to the first whistle against Cadiz, although there could be a change at right-back, with Marc Jurado potentially replacing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while De Gea might replace Martin Dubravka between the sticks. Zidane Iqbal impressed in the first half against Cadiz, while Mainoo scored off the bench, and both players are expected to be involved alongside a number of other youngsters.

Selecting shadow squads with both teams still absent several players on WC duty, we should expect an experimental contest between two sitting 6th and 5th in their domestic leagues, respectively. Betis certainly struggled in their 5 most recent matches, losing 4 and drawing just 1, including three friendly matches against River Plate and Colo Colo (twice). Departing for a South American tour in November, Betis lost all three matches, conceding 10 goals in those losses against the Argentines and Chileans. Man Utd were also in action recently, again using a largely shadow squad as they fell to a 4:2 friendly loss against Cadiz on Tuesday.

Head Coach Ten Haag also has several players absent because of the World Cup, including England pair Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, Brazilian trio Anthony, Casemiro and Fred, as well as Portuguese pair Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes. Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands) and Lisandro Martinez (Argentina) are also still in WC action.

As such, a shadow squad with the likes of Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay and Donny Van De Beek are all likely to feature. Manchester United conclude their Spanish training camp with a friendly against Real Betis on Saturday evening. The bulk of Erik ten Hag’s squad are on World Cup duty so he has been working with fringe men and youngsters in Spain, and his team duly suffered a 4-2 defeat to Cadiz in their first exhibition match on Wednesday.

A return to competitive action is just around the corner with Burnley set to visit Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup fourth round before Christmas so Ten Hag will be keen to boost the fitness levels of his players that did not travel to Qatar. Real Betis are likely to provide a stiff test for United as they are enjoying another decent campaign, with seven wins from 14 games placing them sixth in La Liga heading into the World Cup break.

Manchester United take on Real Betis on Saturday night – just before England’s World Cup quarter-final. United’s game against Betis will be kick-off at 5pm, with England’s knockout tie at 7pm. The midweek game against Cadiz ended in a 4-2 defeat, with United showing clear signs of rust by conceding twice inside the first 13 minutes. There were positives to take from the fixture, with United now set for a tougher test against Betis, who are sixth in La Liga, level on points with Atletico Madrid.

The starters who did play 45 minutes against Cadiz, largely did not take their chance, with Zidane Iqbal and Anthony Martial the two exceptions. Erik ten Hag has to work out whether to change up his selection, or double down, hoping the players can learn from the lessons of Wednesday night, and show an improved performance with extra minutes in the bank. Considering many of these players will be required for the Carabao Cup fixture against Burnley on December 21, Ten Hag has little choice. He spoke after the game to say he was pleased with the youngsters who came on in the second half, even though there were some errors.

The one change we do anticipate is in goal, where David de Gea needs game time, and will be keen to impress in his native Spain, especially after Luis Enrique’s exit as national team boss. De Gea trained on Thursday after sitting out against Cadiz, and he is likely to feature, especially after Dubravka’s underwhelming performance. Another change could come at right-back, where Aaron Wan-Bissaka struggled against Cadiz. His United career was already hanging by a thread, and under-21 star Marc Jurado could get the nod instead.

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