Written by Ciaran Coyle
Manchester United travel to Granada looking to put one foot in the semi-finals of the Europa League against a side who are enjoying their maiden European campaign.Embed from Getty Images
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have had to beat some of the best teams the Europa League had to offer in order to make it to the quarter final stages and Granada will be no different. Whilst Diego Martínez Penas’ side currently sit ninth in La Liga, they were able to overcome Napoli and Molde in previous rounds in order to set up this meeting with United.
The away side will be looking to improve their recent form when taking part in first legs of European quarter final ties with the Red Devils winless in the first games of their last three two legged ties at this stage.
When Grenada made it through to the quarter finals of the Europa League, they became the first team since RB Leipzig in the 2018/19 season to reach the quarter final stage of a European competition in their first European campaign. They will be looking to go one step further by beating United over two legs to become the first team to reach the semi-finals on their first attempt.
Manchester United will be without Anthony Martial for this fixture with the Frenchman picking up a knee injury on international duty with France which could see the 26 year-old miss the remainder of the season. Solskjaer will also be without Eric Bailly, who tested positive for Covid-19 on international duty with the Côte d’Ivoire.Embed from Getty Images
The Spanish side will be looking towards some players with Premier League experience to help them take a positive result to Old Trafford for the second leg, with Roberto Soldado and Kenedy likely to line-up against United on Thursday night.
Sub-edited by Cameron Winstanley
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