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Manchester United make it through to their 5th semi-final under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanks to an early goal from Edinson Cavani and a late own goal from Granada defender, Jesús Vallejo.
Cavani struck after just six minutes when a cross by Alex Telles was flicked on at the near post by Paul Pogba which found the Uruguayan just inside the 18-yard box. His left-footed volley left Rui Silva in the Granada goal flat footed as he watched the ball fly past him into the back of the net. This goal brought up the striker’s 50th goal in European competitions.
United doubled their lead in the 90th minute when Telles picked the ball up on the left hand side and attempted to pick out Juan Mata in the box. His cross just evaded the substitute but Vallejo couldn’t get himself out of the way and the ball glanced off his head and past the despairing Silva.
The visitors did have some chances throughout the game to make the tie nervier for the home side going into the last 20 minutes of the game with Yangel Herrera having a few chances from close range which he failed to make the most of.
This win means Solskjaer’s men go on the face Roma in the Europa League semi-finals where his team will be faced with the prospect of meeting with some of their former teammates in Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who both currently apply their trade for the Italian side.
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