Manchester United draw Real Betis in Europa League last-16

Manchester United draw Real Betis in Europa League last-16: Antony of Manchester United celebrates with teammates Bruno Fernandes and Alejandro Garnacho after scoring the team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off leg two match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at Old Trafford on February 23, 2023 in Manchester, England.
(Image credit: Alex Livesey - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Manchester United are set to play Real Betis in the Europa League round of 16.

The first leg will take place on March 9 2023, with the return fixture scheduled for a week later on March 16. Manchester United knocked out Barcelona to reach this stage of the competition, having finished second in their group behind Real Sociedad before Christmas.

United are still going strong in four competitions, too. The Red Devils won the competition back in 2017, when Jose Mourinho lifted his fourth European title – and the club remains one of only an elite handful to have lifted the Champions League/European Cup, Europa League/UEFA Cup and the now defunct Cup Winners' Cup.

In 2021, United came agonisingly close to a second trophy. Villarreal eventually beat them on penalties. 

United must be one of the favourites for the trophy this time, too, flying high in the Premier League and having knocked out La Liga's runaway winners. Along with Arsenal, they are considered the bookies' picks.

Real Betis won't be an easy tie, however. The La Liga side topped their group in the autumn, finishing ahead of Europa Conference League winners, Roma.

Europa League Round of 16 in full: Manchester United will play Real Betis

Erik ten Hag gestures during Manchester United's win at home to Leicester in February 2023.

Erik ten Hag is looking for another European run (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Mark White
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.