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Man Utd to face Real Betis with quadruple dream still alive

Manchester United booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday, coming from behind to beat Barcelona 2-1 at Old Trafford to claim a 4-3 aggregate success.

That victory has added to the growing feel-good factor currently surrounding Erik ten Hag and his side, with the Red Devils still involved in four competitions this season and perhaps now even contemplating winning what would be a miraculous quadruple.

United's reward for progressing in Europe will be a clash with another La Liga outfit, Real Betis, in the round of 16. The Red Devils last lifted the Europa League in 2017 and they are 5/2 in the To Win Outright market to replicate that success this year.

WhatEuropa League
When8th September 2022 – 31st May 2023
How to watchBT Sport
OddsMan Utd 5/2, Arsenal 3/1, Juventus 8/1, Union Berlin 10/1, Roma 14/1

Barca victory a statement of intent

When the draw was made for the knockout round of this season's Europa League in early November, many a United supporter's heart would have sunk at the prospect of being pitted against Barcelona.

At the time United had just been beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa in the Premier League and questions were beginning to be asked regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's future at the club and whether Ten Hag was the right fit as manager.

However, since then United have lost just once in 20 matches across all competitions, a run that includes their 2-1 victory over Barcelona where second-half goals from Fred and Antony sealed their progress through to the last 16 after Robert Lewandowski had given the Blaugrana a first-half lead.

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The victory over Barca will certainly have raised United's 5/2 hopes of winning this season's Europa League, with a last 16 clash with Real Betis now awaiting them.

United will welcome Betis to Old Trafford for the first leg of the tie on 9th March and they are 2/5 to claim a victory in the Full Time Result market, with their Spanish counterparts priced at 15/2 and the draw 7/2.

The return leg at the Benito Villamarin is then scheduled for the following week, with a place in the quarter-finals of the competition awaiting the winner of the tie.

Other notable matches in the last 16 include Premier League leaders Arsenal facing off against Sporting Lisbon, Bundesliga surprise-packages Union Berlin taking on Union Saint-Gilloise and Jose Mourinho's Roma tackling a Real Sociedad side that finished above United during the group stage.

How many trophies can United win this season?

United still have a lot of work to do if they are to win this season's Europa League, never mind triumph in all four competitions they are currently involved in, but, as it stands, the quadruple tilt is still on.

A first piece of silverware since 2017 could be won as early as this Sunday, as United will face Newcastle in the EFL Cup final at Wembley. The Red Devils are 8/13 in the To Win Outright market to end their six-year trophy drought, while the Magpies are 13/10.

The EFL Cup certainly appears to be United's best route to a trophy this season, but they are also still going strong in the FA Cup, with a fifth-round tie at home to West Ham scheduled for next Wednesday.

Ten Hag's side are 4/6 to win that match in the Full Time Result market, with a Hammers victory available at 15/4 and the draw 3/1.

The Premier League is perhaps the trophy most likely to get away from United, as they currently sit third in the standings, three points behind Manchester City and five off Arsenal, with the Gunners also boasting a game in hand.

However, both City and Arsenal have shown vulnerability over recent weeks, while United have won eight of their last 11 top-flight games. Perhaps a first league title since 2013 is still possible, with the Red Devils priced at 12/1 to lift the Premier League in the To Win Outright market.

Ten Hag the right fit at Old Trafford

United's last Premier League title came in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season as manager and, since then, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick have all tried but failed to deliver English football's top prize back to Old Trafford.

Former Ajax boss Ten Hag is the latest man attempting to return United to their former glories and things certainly didn't start well, with the Dutchman losing his opening two matches in charge to Brighton and Brentford - the latter claiming a 4-0 win.

November's league defeat to Aston Villa added further pressure on Ten Hag's shoulders, but since then the 53-year-old has underlined his coaching credentials, installing discipline to the United dressing room, not least with his handling of Cristiano Ronaldo's infamous departure.

Ten Hag certainly appears to be a coach the United players respect and fans can get behind, with his ability to get the best out of Marcus Rashford particularly catching the eye.

England international Rashford has netted 24 goals across all competitions for United so far this season - already his best scoring campaign - with 16 of those strikes coming across his last 17 appearances.

Rashford is fast developing into one of Europe's most-feared forwards and he is 6/1 to win the PFA Player of the Year accolade this season, while he is 25/1 to become the first Englishman since Michael Owen to win the Ballon d'Or.

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