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Ratings: Rashford and Fernandes put United 2-0 up on aggregate with victory over Granada; Lindelof MOTM?

Manchester United beat Granada 2-0 in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes on Thursday evening. It was a fraught first half until Marcus Rashford, played through by a Victor Lindelof long-ball in the 31st minute of the match. Granada did not seem to be in the mood to score goals, as they had done at home in the last two knockout rounds of the competition. A late penalty scored by Bruno Fernandes, after he was seemingly fouled in the box, giving United a two away goal cushion to take back to the Theatre of Dreams next week.

Granada started the game well, launching on the attack right away, trying to get United with their pants down. Fortunately, it was not meant to be for the Spanish side. The game soon started to become lacklustre and the highlight was a streaker on the pitch in the sixth minute, who looked rather like Mohamed Salah, but it was not him, he will still be hiding after Liverpool were humiliated by Real Madrid. United had the majority of the possession in the opening 25 minutes of the match but there were no real chances that could have amounted to something, which was a worry, but something United have been known for, especially recently.

In the 31st minute of the match, not that we were able to see it live on BT Sport in England, Marcus Rashford opened the scoring, getting his 20th goal of the season so far. On replay, David De Gea fed the ball out to Victor Lindelof, who had time on the ball to think ahead. Rashford was rushing forward, remaining onside only for the Swedish international to loft a long ball up field to Rashford, who beat the Granada goalkeeper cooly to put United ahead, which ends Granada’s current form at home in the knockout stages where they have beaten both Napoli and Molde 2-0 in the first leg, losing 2-1 in the second and going through on aggregate.

United will need to make some changes next week with a flurry of yellow cards in this half. Paul Pogba was booked in the eighth minute of the match, Scott McTominay was booked in the 40th minute and Luke Shaw was booked in the 42nd minute and both McTominay and Shaw will miss the second leg through suspension, which is not the end of the world for United but it will cut Solskjaer’s options down a little next week at the Theatre of Dreams. The first half was brought to a close with United still leading 1-0, having 66% of the ball and more importantly, having eight shots, one on target resulting in the goal, two off target and five being blocked.

At the start of the second half, Solskjaer made his first substitution with Alex Telles replacing Shaw, who was booked in the first half – possibly keeping him fit for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur. Both United and Granada were trying to get something from the game in the early stages of the half with United seemingly the most comfortable team on the pitch. In the 65th minute of the match, Edinson Cavani replaced Rashford, the scorer of the only goal in the match, which will have been well-received by some with Rashford’s injury not completely recovered. United will need to retain their lead ensuring that they don’t conceded.

Harry Maguire was booked in the 72nd minute of the match, which means he will also miss the second leg because an accumulation of yellow cards in the competition. United should strive to score more goals in this match to give them a cushion next week, as United’s defence will not be as strong as it could be next week, which could see Solskjaer revert to a 3-4-1-2 formation or similar. In the 64th minute of the match, Solskjaer made his third substitution with Nemanja Matic replacing Pogba, who was on a yellow card from the eighth minute of the match. Granada have not looked like scoring in this match, which might change next week.

Nemanja Matic was booked in the 84th minute of the match for a foul, which was a harsh booking. A minute later, Solskjaer made his fourth substitute with Donny van de Beek replacing Mason Greenwood. United should, in may opinion, have given Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga a chance as United are leading, could have scored more goals and more importantly, earned both players more confidence ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford in a week’s time. United won a penalty in the 89th minute of the match with Bruno Fernandes scoring his 24th goal of the season a minute later. United got what they needed a two-goal cushion to take into next week.

No matter what those who always find something to moan about say, United won this match with two away goals, which will put them in good stead of reaching the semi-final of the competition. They will need to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford next week, or score a few more goals to give them more of a cushion. However, the suspension of Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay will be a big loss and Solskjaer will need to have a game plan to get by without the trio. It is possible that other players end up getting booked next week, which will cause more of a problem for the club. That said though, United have one foot in the door.

Solskjaer’s side will now be able to get ready for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur, who are not the team they were at the start of the season, and neither are United. This will be a battle to show the Spurs supporters that just because they scored six goals at Old Trafford, does not mean they win a trophy, which is something the club have been lacking in for many years now, winning the League Cup more than ten years ago and watching other London clubs win silverware in that time. Spurs are struggling to break into the top four this season which shows how far they have fallen and they could fall further this season.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Good to see him back in goal but it seems likely that he is the goalkeeper for the cup competitions now, unless Solskjaer aims to keep him in goal on Sunday too, considering he has not played in any of the last seven matches before tonight. The clean sheet will be something he is happy about.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Did well inn his own third but I would like to see more from him in an attacking sense. United can be predictable attacking on the left and need to do more on the right. That could work better with a proper right-winger in the team.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Played a superb long-ball into Rashford up the other end of the pitch, paving the way for the Rashford to open the scoring in the 31st minute of the match

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5 Harry Maguire

Helped keep United going throughout the match. Booked which means he missed the next match so will get a break next week. The clean sheet and the 2-0 aggregate lead will help United get through the disappointment. Got forward a few times in the second half.

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23 Luke Shaw

Did what he needed to do in the first half but was booked, which means he will miss the second leg of this match. He was replaced by Telles at the start of the second half.

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39 Scott McTominay

Suspended for next week's second leg. Played the defensive midfielder role and did well throughout the match. Will probably be annoyed that he will miss next week's clash but it is one of those things. He will get a rest now.

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6 Paul Pogba

Booked in the eighth minute of the match. He was not the best player on the pitch but not the worst either. He had his moments but was not involved in anything special.

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Ratings: Rashford and Fernandes put United 2-0 up on aggregate with victory over Granada; Lindelof MOTM?

Seemed to be restricter on the right and played a lot better on the left. Had pace a plenty throughout the match but did not seem to be a threat on the ball. He's a good player to have in the tea, as his energy is great to see. He needs to score more goals though to get the FIFA plebs off his back.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Seemed unhappy at how the game was progressing in the first half and did not look like scoring himself until United won a late penalty, which became his 25th goal of the season.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Looked to have been carrying his injury still, but he has obviously said that he can play with the medical staff giving him the go ahead. Seemed to struggle at times but opened the scoring from a Lindelof assist in the 31st minute, putting United ahead in Spain. He was replaced by Cavani in the 65th minute of the match.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Did well at times for United but experience wise, he was unable to lead the line well for United this evening. He was often isolated up top and was switched to the right when Cavani came on.

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Substitutes

27 Alex Telles

Replaced Shaw 46'. Came on for Shaw and did well at left-back. Seemed to be better at dead-ball situations that with the ball moving. Will probably start next week too, so he has that to look forward too with Shaw suspended.

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21 Edinson Cavani

Replaced Rashford 65'. Made his first appearance in the Europa League this season. Led the line in a more experienced way but still did not get a goal.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Replaced Pogba 74'. Came on late in the game to help steer the club to victory. Harshly booked, which he has something to say about. However, the referee has many harsh booking in him tonight.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Replaced Greenwood 85'. Came on for the last five minutes plus added time. It was nothing more than a cameo for him. He might start next week though.

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Goals: Marcus Rashford 31′, Bruno Fernandes 90’

Assists: Victor Lindelof 31′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Telles 46′); McTominay, Pogba (Matic 74′); James, Fernandes, Rashford (Cavani 65′); Greenwood (Van de Beek 85′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant, Henderson; Williams, Tuanzebe; Mata, Fred, Diallo; Elanga

Bookings: Paul Pogba 8′, Scott McTominay 40′, Luke Shaw 42′, Harry Maguire 72′, Nemanja Matic 84′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: De Gea back in goal against Granada, Greenwood leads the line; Cavani, Van de Beek and Elanga on the bench

Manchester United return to UEFA Europa League action this evening as they face Granada CF at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes, which will be the first time both teams have met in European competition. United reached the quarter-final stage of the completion this season by beating both Real Sociedad (4-0 on aggregate) and AC Milan (2-1 on aggregate) after falling from the group stages of the UEFA Champions League at the end of 2020. Granada came through the qualification stages and the group stage beating Napoli and Molde with the same 3-2 on aggregate scorelines.

Granada seem to be a different team in competitions than they are in La Liga, sitting in ninth place currently and unlikely to feature in European competition next season because of this. However, as they have beaten both Napoli and Molde, both 2-0 scorelines at home in the last two knockout rounds, losing 2-1 away from home and still reaching the next round, they will be seen as the team to beat, which could be an uncertain match for United as they tend to struggle against teams they should beat easily. Hopefully this is different as United are seen as the favourites to win the competition this season.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

McTominay, Pogba;

James, Fernandes, Rashford;

Greenwood

Substitutes:

Grant, Henderson; Telles, Williams, Tuanzebe; Mata, Fred, Diallo, Matic, Van de Beek; Cavani, Elanga

Granada CF:

Silva;

Díaz, Vallejo, Duarte, Neva,

Herrera, Gonalons;

Kenedy, Montoro, Puertas;

Soldado

Substitutes:

Banacloche, Fabrega; Foulquier, Pérez, Germán; Brice; Suárez, Machis, Molina

United and Granada have not yet met in any European competition so Thursday’s match will be the first and also the first time United have played at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes. Granada have not yet faced any English opposition in European competition either, so in a week’s time, it will be their first time playing a competitive match at Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams. United have faced Spanish opposition many times, including beat Real Sociedad in the round of 32 stage of the competition this season, winning 4-0 in the first leg and drawing 0-0 in the second, winning 4-0 on aggregate.

United also faced Sevilla in the semi-final of the competition last season, losing 2-1 in the one-legged match with the competition being delayed and switched to one-legged matches after the round of 32 stage because of the coronavirus pandemic which raged around the world. United have pedigree in facing Spanish teams in European competition, facing Barcelona, Valencia, Real Madrid, Celta Vigo, Athletic Club, Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruña and Atlético Madrid. United have played 59 times against Spanish opposition, winning 14, drawing 23 and losing 22 – scoring 69 goals and conceding 80.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-3-3] Three-man midfield could overpower Granada with Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek

Manchester United return to UEFA Europa League action on Thursday evening as they face Granada CF at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes, which will be the first time both teams have met in European competition. United reached the quarter-final stage of the completion this season by beating both Real Sociedad (4-0 on aggregate) and AC Milan (2-1 on aggregate) after falling from the group stages of the UEFA Champions League at the end of 2020. Granada came through the qualification stages and the group stage beating Napoli and Molde with the same 3-2 on aggregate scorelines.

Granada seem to be a different team in competitions than they are in La Liga, sitting in ninth place currently and unlikely to feature in European competition next season because of this. However, as they have beaten both Napoli and Molde, both 2-0 scorelines at home in the last two knockout rounds, losing 2-1 away from home and still reaching the next round, they will be seen as the team to beat, which could be an uncertain match for United as they tend to struggle against teams they should beat easily. Hopefully this is different as United are seen as the favourites to win the competition this season.

How United have faired against Spanish opposition in European competition as this is the first time they will have played Granada.

United and Granada have not yet met in any European competition so Thursday’s match will be the first and also the first time United have played at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes. Granada have not yet faced any English opposition in European competition either, so in a week’s time, it will be their first time playing a competitive match at Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams. United have faced Spanish opposition many times, including beat Real Sociedad in the round of 32 stage of the competition this season, winning 4-0 in the first leg and drawing 0-0 in the second, winning 4-0 on aggregate.

United also faced Sevilla in the semi-final of the competition last season, losing 2-1 in the one-legged match with the competition being delayed and switched to one-legged matches after the round of 32 stage because of the coronavirus pandemic which raged around the world. United have pedigree in facing Spanish teams in European competition, facing Barcelona, Valencia, Real Madrid, Celta Vigo, Athletic Club, Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruña and Atlético Madrid. United have played 59 times against Spanish opposition, winning 14, drawing 23 and losing 22 – scoring 69 goals and conceding 80.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Granada in the UEFA Europa League at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes on Thursday evening…

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson

It is suggested that Dean Henderson is now United’s number one goalkeeper and it has been suggested that David de Gea’s relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is strained. I don’t know whether to believe the sensationalism here but it is clear that Henderson has the talent to succeed in his career and he has done well at United so far. However, there are so-called ‘fans’ with an agenda that suggest United are obsessed with English players to a point whereby it is xenophobic. What a load of rubbish. United are an English club that has history priding themselves on bringing through talent from the home nations.

Henderson is the first goalkeeper to have come through the academy and got as far as he has. He did well on loan every season for the past five season (before this one) when he was loaned to Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and Sheffield United, where he spent two seasons one in the Championship and one in the Premier League. Henderson is at the beginning of his United career and should be supported. De Gea has been a great servant to the club and has, at times, been the difference that the club needed, which will give us all great memories of the player at the club.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles

United can afford to take a risk against Granada in this match and that will be giving some rest to Victor Lindelof, who was a doubt ahead of the Brighton match but ended up playing because Eric Bailly is not back inn the country after testing positive for coronavirus. Lindelof should be left on the bench, just in case he is needed, giving Axel Tuanzebe a run out, which will be good for him. He played very well at times this season, especially against Paris Saint-Germain. Harry Maguire should keep his place in the team as he is a hard worker and can play the whole season in his position, as he has shown since he signed for the club.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will probably play at right-back but Brandon Williams could probably be risked so perhaps he could play ahead of Wan-Bissaka. If not, he could play both against Granada on Thursday and Spurs on Sunday, especially after having a two-week break because of the international break, having not been called up by England. In the left-back position, Alex Telles, providing he overcomes the illness that kept him out at the weekend, could start ahead of Luke Shaw, who should be rested until Sunday, unless United have a mare and need him to come on, which was the case against AC Milan in the last round.

Midfield: Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba

A three-man midfield might change things up a little for United as the 4-2-3-1 formation could be a reason why United have been stagnant when it comes to scoring goals recently. United could afford to risk this as the injuries across the midfield have ceased giving Solskjaer his whole midfield to choose from to get the best from his team. Bruno Fernandes could be rested, as United will need him at his best on Sunday as the Red Devils look to get revenge on Spurs following the 6-1 defeat at the start of the season. Solskjaer cold give Donny van de Beek a start, which would be good for him to regain some confidence.

Along with Van de Beek, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay could both start, giving United a good attacking midfield with McTominay doing the defensive work, if required as the Spanish side may not be expecting United’s might, which should be shown in the away leg, aiming to settle the tie, like they did against LASK last season and Real Sociedad earlier this season. Pogba is a player in good form right now, dispite his poor distribution against Brighton and McTominay always gives his all for United, which is one fo the positive things he does as a player. He’s scored seven goals this season too, matching Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.

Forwards: Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani, Daniel James

In a 4-2-3-1 formation, there tends to be three forwards on the pitch which will be the same in a 4-3-3 formation but this formation could make United an attacking side, allowing Pogba in his favoured midfield position and allowing Van de Beek to shine. This could help United’s attack who should be scoring goals galore with their experience. Marcus Rashford has a 50% chance of featuring for United, which means he probably will but United could risk having him on the bench, ideally keeping him fresh for Sunday, which will be a big match. Edinson Cavani should play as the striker, aiming to right the wrongs from his performance on Sunday.

Cavani has seven goals to his name this season, which could be his last at the club, meaning he should aim to score more so he can be looked back upon as a player that gave something to the club. Mason Greenwood, who scored the winner against Brighton at the weekend, should start again as he is young enough to play back to back matches – he could also provide some width and pace, even cut into the middle and cause some damage to the Spanish team. Daniel James should start instead of Rashford as his pace could be deadly and he has been known to score a goal or two in the Europa League and will be due another soon.

Substitutes: David De Gea, Lee Grant; Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams; Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Amad Diallo, Nemanja Matic, Shola Shoretire; Marcus Rashford, Anthony Elanga

Solskjaer can use five substitutes in the Europa League, so he will have a chance to change things up if that needs to happen. United normally name the rest of the squad on the bench in Europe, which could be as many as 12 players. Both David De Gea and Lee Grant could be on the bench with Dean Henderson keeping his starting place in the team. In defence, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams could eb available to choose from, should they be needed. United need to score away from home based on the last two legs which have seen Granada win 2-0 at home and lose 2-1 away, going through on aggregate.

In the midfield, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Amad Diallo, Nemanja Matic and Shola Shoretire could have some involvement in the match and Juan Mata has returned to training this week after his lay off, so he could also be back in action, although this match might be a bit too soon for him, especially after losing his mother recently. In attack, Marcus Rashford could be on the bench, just in case he is needed but keeping him fit for Spurs on Sunday would be better, the same could be said for Fernandes. Solskjaer added Anthony Elanga, who has returned to fitness after a collarbone injury, to his Europa League squad, so he might get some involvement too.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Manchester United must score against Granada, who have beaten both Napoli and Molde, shutting the defensive door at home

Granada CF -v- Manchester United

UEFA Europa League

Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes, Granada

Thursday 8 April 2021, KO 20:00 BST

Referee: Artur Dias Assistants: Rui Tavares, Paulo Soares

Fourth Official: Tiago Martins

VAR: João Pinheiro Assistant VAR: Luis Godinho

Manchester United return to UEFA Europa League action on Thursday evening as they face Granada CF at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes, which will be the first time both teams have met in European competition. United reached the quarter-final stage of the completion this season by beating both Real Sociedad (4-0 on aggregate) and AC Milan (2-1 on aggregate) after falling from the group stages of the UEFA Champions League at the end of 2020. Granada came through the qualification stages and the group stage beating Napoli and Molde with the same 3-2 on aggregate scorelines.

Granada seem to be a different team in competitions than they are in La Liga, sitting in ninth place currently and unlikely to feature in European competition next season because of this. However, as they have beaten both Napoli and Molde, both 2-0 scorelines at home in the last two knockout rounds, losing 2-1 away from home and still reaching the next round, they will be seen as the team to beat, which could be an uncertain match for United as they tend to struggle against teams they should beat easily. Hopefully this is different as United are seen as the favourites to win the competition this season.

Manchester United: WLWWDW

Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 W, Leicester City 3-1 L, AC Milan 1-0 W, West Ham United 1-0 W, AC Milan 1-1 D, Manchester City 2-0 W

Granada CF: LLLWWL

Villarreal CF 3-0 L, Valencia CF 2-1 L, Molde FK 2-1 L, Real Sociedad 1-0 W, Molde FK 2-0 W, Athletic Club 2-1 L

Top Scorers: Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have nearly scored as many goals as Granada have this season. United need to find away goals inn this match with the return leg at Old Trafford.

Manchester United Goals: 23 – Bruno Fernandes, 19 – Marcus Rashford, 7 – Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay, 6 – Mason Greenwood, 5 – Daniel James, Paul Pogba, 3 – Own Goal, 2 – Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 1 – Amad Diallo, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Donny van de Beek

United have been beaten once in the last six matches, winning four, drawing one and losing one. Solskjaer’s side have scored eight goals, conceded three and kept three clean sheets. The goals have dried up since February, when 21 goals were scored across the month. In March, United only scored six goals with two scored so far in April. United’s injury problems are better now than they were in February and March although Anthony Martial looks to have played his last match this season, which is a shame for him. Solskjaer has seen his squad take advantage in the Premier League though which puts them in good stead this season as opposed to last.

Granada CF Goals: 8 – Roberto Soldado, 7 – Luis Suárez, 6 – Jorge Molina, 5 – Yangel Herrera, 4 – Kenedy, Darwin Machís, 3 – Germán Sánchez, 2 – Ángel Montoro, Domingos Quina, Alberto Soro, 1 – Domingos Duarte, Luis Milla, Antonio Puertas

Granada do not seem to be having a good domestic season. They exited the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage and currently sit ninth in La Liga. In the past six matches, they have won twice and lost four times, scoring six goals, conceding nine and keeping two clean sheets. It seems unlikely that they will qualify for European competition next season – shutting ten points adrift of the Europa Conference League place (sixth) and the Europa League qualification round place (fifth) and their goal difference is only going to hold them back, plus the fact they still have to play Barcelona and Real Madrid again this season, amongst others.

Team News: Anthony Elanga named in Europa League squad with United short of attacking players this season. Two players to miss out for Granada?

Phil Jones (knee), Anthony Martial (knee) and Eric Bailly (coronavirus) have all been ruled out of the trip to Spain to face Granada on Tuesday evening. Marcus Rashford (ankle/foot) has a 50% chance of being available for this match despite playing against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. Solskjaer has called up U23 forward Anthony Elanga for this match, who has eight goals and three assists at U21/U23 level the season, but has spent time out of action due to a collarbone injury, which he seems to have now recovered from. Juan Mata is back in training Amad Diallo could also prove positive in this match, which would be good for him and United.

Luis Milla (muscle) and Luis Suárez (muscle) both seem to be out of action for the visit of United in the first leg of the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Europa League this season. Two players; Quini and Neyder Lozano are ineligible to play in the Europa League having not been named in the squad for the competition this season. This match will be an unknown for both teams as they have never met each other competitively. In the last two knockout rounds Granada have knocked out Napoli and Molde with the same scorelines; a 2-0 win at home and 2-1 defeats away from him, winning with a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.

Predicted Starting XI: Daniel James, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood to spearhead United’s attack in rare 4-3-3 formation which has Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba in the midfield?

Solskjaer has the chance ti rest some players for the match against Granada, keeping in mind the trip to face Tottenham Hotspur in London on Sunday, which will require a fresh side with the North London club out of European competition at this stage of the season. Daniel James, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood could launch the attack inn a 4-3-3 formation with Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba in midfield. In defence, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire and Alex Telles could do the job needed with Dean Henderson continuing in goal, as he has done in this competition this season.

Match Prediction: United and Granada will meet for the first time on Thursday evening – it will also be the first time Granada has played a competitive match against an English club.

United and Granada have not yet met in any European competition so Thursday’s match will be the first and also the first time United have played at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes. Granada have not yet faced any English opposition in European competition either, so in a week’s time, it will be their first time playing a competitive match at Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams. United have faced Spanish opposition many times, including beat Real Sociedad in the round of 32 stage of the competition this season, winning 4-0 in the first leg and drawing 0-0 in the second, winning 4-0 on aggregate.

United also faced Sevilla in the semi-final of the competition last season, losing 2-1 in the one-legged match with the competition being delayed and switched to one-legged matches after the round of 32 stage because of the coronavirus pandemic which raged around the world. United have pedigree in facing Spanish teams in European competition, facing Barcelona, Valencia, Real Madrid, Celta Vigo, Athletic Club, Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruña and Atlético Madrid. United have played 59 times against Spanish opposition, winning 14, drawing 23 and losing 22 – scoring 69 goals and conceding 80.

Granada CF 0-3 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

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