Manchester United have a healthy advantage to take into this week’s Europa League last 16 second leg against Real Betis.

United’s 4-1 win at Old Trafford left Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini admitting that his side were lucky not to lose by more.

Betis host United in the second leg on Thursday in a 5.45pm kick-off, with the Red Devils looking to confirm a quarter-final place.

Now the manager is dealing with another problem heading into the fixture.

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Manchester United v Real Betis: Round of 16 Leg One - UEFA Europa League
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Betis injury blow

Spanish newspaper AS report defender Luiz Felipe faces a fortnight out of action after picking up a hamstring injury against Manchester United.

Felipe completed the game at Old Trafford and had been a regular in recent weeks for Real Betis, making 20 starts.

At the weekend he was not part of the Real Betis squad which faced Villarreal on Sunday.

Betis drew 1-1 with top scorer Borja Iglesias on the scoresheet. He was on the bench at Old Trafford, and will likely start on Thursday night.

Pellegrini did recall captain Sergio Canales into his starting line-up against Villarreal after injury, but he lasted only 58 minutes.

Manchester United are heavy favourites to go through with a three goal advantage. Real Betis now have two draws and one defeat from their last three games.

United will likely rotate a few players on Thursday night, with a FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham to play on Sunday.

One player who will feature is Casemiro, who is now serving a four-game domestic suspension.

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