A brilliant finish from Marcus Rashford and a penalty goal from Bruno Fernandes gave Manchester United a 2-0 win over Granada on Thursday, putting them in control of the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final.
Rashford latched on to a long ball from Victor Lindelof in the first half, the forward injecting some quality into a frenzied duel at Los Cármenes before Fernandes made it two in the 90th minute after being elbowed by Yan Eteki.
The result gives United a dominant advantage heading into the second leg at Old Trafford, where they should finish the job and reserve their place in the semi-final to face Ajax or Roma.
The Europa League remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s only realistic hope of a trophy and with a place in the top four secured, he can afford to give it his all.
Solskjaer fielded a strong line-up, with Rashford handed a start despite coming off against Brighton on Sunday with a knock. David de Gea was picked in goal for the first time since February and his decision looks to have paid off.
Marcus Rashford is the first Manchester United player to score 20+ goals across all competitions in back-to-back seasons since Wayne Rooney. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/GgbI2pT6Q9
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Soldkjaer gave his reasons for including the dual in his team, Speaking to MUTV before kick-off, He said: “We’ve had a rest over the international break a few players and we felt this is a team to get us a good result to bring back to Manchester.
“[De Gea] wants to play every game but especially here in Spain. I’m sure he wants to prove he’s a top goalkeeper, which we know
“Like Marcus is, he says he’s okay. He’s a little bit sore but he’s not worried about his injury. And there’s no doubt in my mind that I need to play him.”
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