Pellegrini: We need to be at our best

Pellegrini’s side have already defeated United once this season, but that was only a friendly game in December when Erik ten Hag took a squad shorn of World Cup players for a winter training camp in Spain.

In fact, it’s another fixture, from earlier in the campaign, that the Real Betis manager draws encouragement from ahead of this first competitive meeting between the clubs.

“If Real Sociedad managed to win here, it means we can do the same thing,” said Pellegrini.

“If you see what’s been happening, a lot of Spanish teams have managed to win against English teams in the Champions League. It’s difficult to know what they are going to think about us, but I’m completely sure that we’re going to play as always if we want to go into the next round.”

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