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Manchester United vs Granada – Europa League Preview

Manchester United vs Granada - Europa League Preview
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Manchester United will be looking to take the next step into the semi-finals of the Europa League when we welcome Granada for our second-leg quarter-final tie tonight at Old Trafford. The game kicks off at 20:00PM BST. It can be watched live on BT Sport 2 with coverage starting at 19:15PM.

The Red Devils have one foot in the final four of the competition as we hold a 2-0 lead from our win last week, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. After we dropped out of the Champions League group stages, we have been the favourites to go all the way in the Europa League. Fans are anticipating it might be an all-English final against Arsenal on May 26th.

We come into the game after securing a 3-1 win against Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. United avenge their 6-1 defeat against the North London club early on the season. Goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani, and a revitalise Mason Greenwood saw us take one step closer to Champions League qualification.

The United players celebrating Edinson Cavani’s goal during our 3-1 win against Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Image credit: Unknown

United has now won three games on the bounce. We welcome Granada to Old Trafford having been unbeaten in the last eight games on home soil. Though, we could only secure draws against Real Sociedad and AC Milan in the previous rounds of the competition at home.

The Red Devils have progressed on 21 separate occasions when we have won the first leg of a European tie away from Old Trafford. Since exiting the Champions League, we have only conceded one goal during the last five Europa League games.

Manchester United Team News

For United, we have a number of players out due to suspension or injury. Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay will all miss the game after picking up bookings during the first leg tie. Eric Bailly will not feature after recently testing positive for covid-19. Anthony Martial remains a long-term absentee as he recovers from his knee injury.

Axel Tuanzebe and Alex Telles are expected to fill the positions left behind by Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire. Nemanja Matic could be recalled to the midfield. This might see Paul Pogba moved out to the left-wing once again.

Marcus Rashford is a doubt for the game as he nurses an injury to his foot. Ole revealed in his pre-match conference whether he might feature or not. He said, “Yes Marcus didn’t train this morning so I’ll have to give him as much time as possible, his foot is still a little bit sore, but fingers crossed he is available tomorrow”

Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Telles; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba, and Cavani.

United's Predicted Lineup Against Granada
United’s Predicted Lineup Against Granada.

Opposition Preview

Granada has been the surprise package of the Europa League this season. Not many had expected the Spanish side to reach this stage of the competition. The defeat against United in the first leg meant they had been on a winless run of four games. They did bounce at the weekend when they beat La Liga strugglers Real Valladolid 2-1 with goals by Jorge Molina and Quini.

The Spanish side is losing ground domestically to make it in the Europa League for a second season. They have lost the last five games away from home before the win against Valladolid. Even though they did not score against United in the first leg, Granada has scored at least one goal in the last 12 away games across all competitions.

If they were to defy the odds, they would be the second Spanish side to do this since Sevilla in 2009 and progress in the competition after being 2-0 down from the home leg. It will be a moment to savour for the club and its players to play at Old Trafford but it is very much likely this is where the competition ends for them.

Granada Team News

Granada will have to be without the suspended duo of Domingos Duarte and Yan Eteki. German Sanchez might fill in for Duarte. Luis Milla and Neyder Lozano will not feature as they are currently injured. Roberto Soldado who missed the league game against Real Valladolid through suspension is expected to spearhead the attack once again.

Predicted score

United are without a number of players through suspension and injuries. However, we have more than enough capability in our squad to ensure our passage into the semi-finals is easily done. Barring a major catastrophe, then it should be a comfortable night for the Read Devils. 

Manchester United 2-0 Granada

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Andrew Wall
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