Manchester United vs Granada Summary
Manchester United cruised past Granada to reach a fifth semi-final under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. An early goal from Cavani put the tie beyond an aggressive Granada side but a Vallejo own goal sealed their fate late on. A few controversial moments during both legs against United could have proven troublesome but United were clinical and barely got out of second gear. Now United face Roma in the semi-finals and are favourites to win the Europa League but have to get over the mental block of semi-finals to do so. Before any of that, the Reds draw their attention to Burnley in the Premier League and want to secure second place and keep the pressure on City.
Manchester United vs Granada Player Ratings
David de Gea 8/10
Confident performance. Commanding in the box, strong hands, good distribution and one excellent reaction save. Everything you want.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.5/10
Solid game again. Defended well and attacked with purpose. Good game.
Axel Tuanzebe 8/10
A lot of pressure on him without Maguire. Only the second time he has played with Lindelof but did very well. Good recovery pace and some crucial blocks. Good to see him back.
Victor Lindelof 7.5/10
Solid game. Did struggle with Soldado in the air at times but for the most-part he did well.
Alex Telles 8.5/10
Two crosses that led to goals. His distribution was excellent and his linkup with Bruno and Pogba was very slick. Defended well too.
Nemanja Matic 7/10
Decent on the ball and good strength. Did get run past by Herrera often.
Good energy and some good play but a lot of poor passing and dispossessed a lot. Not his game.
Mason Greenwood 7.5/10
Made a lot of driving runs and showed his strength. Good passing too.
Bruno Fernandes 7/10
Was marked by two players but still played well with good linkup. Almost scored a worldie.
Paul Pogba 7.5/10
Brilliant vision to head the ball back to Cavani. Played so well in the first half that it’s a shame the referee gave him a foul for nothing because he then had to come off.
Edinson Cavani 8/10
Beautiful technique for the volley and unlucky not to score a second. His 50th in Europe and first in Europe in Red. Two in two for Cavani.
Donny van de Beek 8/10
Great 45 minutes and unlucky not to score. Played well and that will do his confidence the world of good.
Daniel James 7/10
Offered good width and lively after an injury.
Juan Mata 7/10
Made some good passes and decent runs. Fed Telles for the goal. Good to see him back.
Lively and unlucky that the ref decided to ignore two blatant fouls on him.
Brandon Williams 7/10
Decent cameo. Did nothing wrong and 10/15 minutes of time he hasn’t been getting regularly.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 7/10
Started with a strong side to show respect to a Granada side that can go all-out then when the game tailed off, he was able to give rests to crucial players needed in the run in to the end of the season. Maguire, Shaw, McTominay and Rashford all rested, Pogba off at HT and Bruno, Cavani, Wan-Bissaka and Greenwood all subbed off with time for others to get minutes on. A good day at the office. Now a chance to push away from the other top four and push closer to City.