MANCHESTER: United face Granada in the Europa League on Thursday night and will be hoping to book their place in the semi-finals.
Manchester United will hope to ease into the semi-finals of the Europa League when they welcome Granada to Old Trafford for the second leg of their quarter-final tie on Thursday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have one foot firmly in the final four after a 2-0 first-leg win in Spain, during which Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes struck either side of the half-time whistle.
Amid tensions off the pitch between Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer over the necessity of trophies for success, the Norwegian took one step closer to that illustrious first piece of silverware in the Man United dugout as Rashford and Fernandes ensured that the Red Devils would take a comfortable first-leg lead into Thursday’s game at Old Trafford.
After dropping down from the Champions League in somewhat disastrous fashion, the Red Devils are certainly regarded as the favourites to go all the way in this season’s Europa League, and fans are licking their lips at the prospect of a potential all-English final between Man United and Arsenal on May 26.
Solskjaer has recent experience in getting one over North London clubs, as his side avenged their 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur by beating them 3-1 in the capital at the weekend, during which Fred, Edinson Cavani and the resurgent Mason Greenwood all netted after Scott McTominay’s opener was controversially ruled out.
The Red Devils have now won their last three on the bounce and welcome Granada to Old Trafford on an eight-game unbeaten streak on home soil, although they could only muster draws with Real Sociedad and AC Milan in Manchester during the previous rounds.
Surprisingly, Will Fish has been included in the first time that host Granada tonight, Ole has this to say.
“He’s a very good talent,” the Norwegian said. “A composed centre-back with physical stature. He’s one we believe in.
“Of course, we’ve lost a few defenders so to have Will on the bench is a good experience for him and he’s there if he’s needed and he’s ready.”
Fish was spotted arriving along with fellow teenagers Amad, Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga, all of whom will be hoping to get some minutes if United can get the tie wrapped up early.