Manchester United sail smooth into the final 4 of the Europa League as they beat Granada 2-0, winning 4-0 on aggregate. The Devils did not have to display top game as they already sat with a 2-0 comfortable lead from the first leg. Here is 5 Key points to look into as United head into the Semi Finals of Europa League:
United reserves make their mark
Manchester United were down 3 key players heading into the fixture. Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay were all suspended from yellow cards in the reverse fixture. It paved a way for change as Martial is out from Injury. The deputies Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe and Alex Telles had an excellent night. The Serb was composed throughout the game. He kept things simple for United. He did not have to break any sweat foil Granada’s attack and made the most passes than any other player on the pitch.
Axel Tuanzebe played his first game since the defeat to Sheffield United since January. He was calm and gave a solid performance for United. Axel registered 93% passing accuracy with 54 accurate passes. He also had 4 ball recoveries, 4 duels won, 3 clearances , 2 interceptions.
Pogba’s attacking, assists United
Pogba had another excellent game as he registered an assist for the third successive game. Pogba lead the team in Maguire’s absence and seemed to be inspired by the armband. He knocked a header down Cavani’s path from a difficult position for United’s first goal. The only downside of his performance was his early booking.
Van De Beek’s Encouraging Performance
It was speculated for Van de Beek to be given a rare start in the fixture, but that was not the case. He was brought on for the second half of the game. However, Van de Beek was impressive during his spell. He operated at a deeper role than Fernandes; showing they can coexist to a great extent. He was confident on the ball and comfortable in possession. He created an excellent chance for Greenwood, only for the him to head it poorly. The signs are there for his eventual integration into the starting 11, but until then he remains patient and proves his worth.
Disappointing Game time for Amad
Solskjaer could have started Amad with Rashford out. Solskjaer brought Amad only in the 82nd minute. The second half was fairly dull and was crying out for creativity. It was good, that Amad was brought on as 8 minutes is better than nothing. But Solskjaer could have been bolder. Anthony Elanga remained an unused substitute and will have to wait for his debut.
Cavani up and Firing
Cavani has now scored in European Competition for the 11th consecutive season. He continued his scoring form in his very first attempt with Granada. The Uruguayan scored the opener after Granada left him in way too much space in the penalty box. Cavani has been playing as a clinical striker as we know how he can be. The strike was his 50th European goal in all competitions and his first with United. United will be hoping Cavani stays for another season amidst rumors of him leaving for South America.