Date: 10th March 2023 at 11:00am
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Manchester United took a huge step towards reaching the last eight of the Europa League on Thursday courtesy of a 4-1 first leg win over Real Betis at Od Trafford. 

The Red Devils, who suffered a record-equalling defeat against Liverpool at Anfield last time out, went ahead through Marcus Rashford early on, before goals from Antony, Bruno Fernandes and Wout Weghorst late on sealed victory.

Erik ten Hag named an unchanged side from the defeat against Liverpool, with Lisandro Martinez partnering Raphael Varane at centre-back.

England international Harry Maguire was an unused substitute for the match, continuing his frustrating season so far.

Maguire has found his playing time heavily reduced this term, but it appears that the defender could be the subject of a lucrative offer from one of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer.

According to The Sun, French champions Paris Saint-Germain are readying a £50 million offer for the centre-back.

It is claimed that a deal to take the Englishman to the French capital was close to being completed back in January, but time ran out and the player ultimately stayed put in Manchester.

Maguire looks increasingly likely to leave Old Trafford this summer

Maguire, who remains club captain at Old Trafford, has fallen behind the likes of Varane, Martinez and Victor Lindelof in the pecking order, while Ten Hag has also opted to start Luke Shaw as a makeshift central defender ahead of Maguire.

The 30-year-old joined United from Leicester City back in 2019, costing The Red Devils a record fee for a defender.

He instantly became a regular for his new side, making more than 100 appearances across his first two seasons with the club.

The England international remained a regular when Ten Hag first arrived, starting United’s first two games of the season – defeats against both Brighton and Brentford.

Since then, the defender has struggled to maintain a regular starting spot, and it appears that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer.

The player’s current contract is set to run until 2025, but it looks increasingly unlikely that he will fulfil the entirety of that deal.

PSG, who have won the Ligue 1 title during eight of the last ten seasons, were dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich earlier this week, and are in desperate need of defensive cover.

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