Manchester United vs Granada: Five things Man United fans could witness

Manchester United vs Granada: Five things Man United fans could witness

Manchester United will welcome Granada at Old Trafford on Thursday night for their Europa League quarter-final return leg.

Man United won the reverse fixture 2-0 at Les Carmenes, putting them on huge advantage over qualifying for the semi-finals.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the first half, thanks to Victor Lindelof for that exceptional through pass from United’s own half.

Bruno Fernandes sealed the game with a decent goal from the penalty spot plus handing Manchester United an easy work to do in the return leg at Manchester.

The night wasn’t a perfect one for United as they are set to be without Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay for the return leg due to suspensions.

And also, David de Gea returned back to action with a clean sheet and he is increasingly likely to start for United tonight.

Five things Manchester United fans could witness in tonight’s clash vs Granada

1. Fred and Nemanja Matic pairing: With Scott McTominay already ruled out of the clash with a suspension, Solskjaer would be keen to see how Matic and Fred control the midfield.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the Serbian prepared for the match against Granada when he brought him late in United’s 3-1 win against Tottenham last weekend.

Manchester United will look to get the Granada job done at Old Trafford
Manchester United will look to get the Granada job done at Old Trafford

Oh! What about Paul Pogba? The World Cup winner cannot be risked tonight as he is one yellow card away from getting a match ban.

2. Axel Tuanzebe and Victor Lindelof pairing: Ouch! Harry Maguire is suspended from playing tonight after getting on the referee’s book in the reverse fixture.

With Eric Bailly out of the squad with COVID-19, Solskjaer confirmed on Wednesday that Lindelof and Tuanzebe would partner at the back.

3. Paul Pogba to feature vs Granada: The France star is one yellow card away from facing either Ajax or AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final be he is expected to take part in the game.

The Frenchman is likely not to start the game against the La Liga side in order to manage the player for the next round but he is likely to come off the bench late on in the game regardless of the scoreline at that moment.

4. Granada to press: A team that is two goals down from the first leg is expected to put in a battle in the return leg, just as we watched Liverpool, Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Porto did in their return legs in the Champions League.

Expect Granada to press Manchester United just like Real Sociedad did
Expect Granada to press Manchester United just like Real Sociedad did

Man United are ready for it and Solskjaer has earlier promised that his side will not park the bus and will look to score goals as they have always wanted.

5. Manchester United to meet AS Roma: This could be what Man United fans will witness tonight. This game will take place in Italy and while we look to proceed to the last-four stage, we take a peep at what would go on with Chris Smalling’s side.

AS Roma won the first leg 2-1 and if they proceed further and United do the same, Manchester United could welcome Chris Smalling at Old Trafford for the first time since he moved to Italy last season on loan and then last year on a permanent deal.

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