Europa League: Granada vs Manchester United quarter-final first leg preview

Manchester United will be looking to be put one foot in the semi-finals of the Europa League when they take on Granada in the first leg on Thursday night.

The Reds go into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Brighton in the Premier League whilst the visitors were defeated 3-0 at home by Villarreal in La Liga.

Anthony Martial remains unavailable for Solskjaer having suffered a sprained knee on international duty with France, however, Marcus Rashford is expected to face Granada despite suffering a late injury against Brighton last weekend.

The Europa League may not have been top of everyone’s priority list this season but it presents Solskjaer the only opportunity of winning silverware this season. Having been knocked out the FA Cup and with the reds 14 points off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table the Europa League is the only competition left to win and in facing Granada on Thursday night it presents United a great opportunity to progress to the semi-finals.

Sitting currently in 9th place in La Liga Granada are no mugs and United will have to be at their very best should they wish to leave Spain with a result but given the Reds could have faced Arsenal, Ajax and the likes this is a draw which has been kind to United and its one which United need to take full advantage of.

The Reds away form has been particularly impressive this season and if we can put in a repeat of the performance we seen against Real Sociedad earlier in the season then United should have far too much for Granada and leave Spain with a result.

The draw couldn’t really have been any kinder for United and although It wont be easy on Thursday this is still a game I expect United to win albeit it will be close.

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