Manchester United flexed their muscles against Granda in the Europa League quarterfinal first leg in Spain. The Red Devils claimed a 2-0 win thanks to goals on either side of halftime from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes (from the penalty spot). Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team go into the Europa League quarterfinal second leg against the Spanish side ready to seal progress to the semifinals of the competition for the second time in as many seasons.
Despite winning the first leg, Manchester United allowed Granada to tally 11 shots with three on target. The Red Devils dominated possession with 68%. Manchester United are favourites to win the Europa League outright at odds of 6/5. Granada are now at odds of 250/1 to win the Europa League. If they want to lift a first-ever European trophy, Granada must overturn their 2-0 deficit away from home.
Perhaps playing away at Old Trafford in the second leg will be of benefit for the Spanish team. An early goal for Manchester United in the second leg would not doom Granada. They must score three goals to win the tie at the moment and two to force extra-time. In the round of 32 and round of 16, Granada lost both away legs. They benefitted from winning the home legs of those ties.
Manchester United go into the Europa League quarterfinal second leg in good form. They came from behind to defeat Tottenham Hotspur in the league on Sunday. Now, Solskjaer’s team are primed for the Europa League semifinals.
Manchester United vs Granada Odds
Manchester United go into the match on Thursday night as heavy favourites according to leading sportsbooks. The Red Devils are at odds of ½ to claim a victory at the end of full-time. Solskjaer’s team have been strong at Old Trafford in the Europa League knockout rounds.
They claimed a nil-nil draw against Real Sociedad in the round of 32 after wrapping up the tie in San Sebastian in the first leg. Manchester United secured a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the first leg of their last 16 tie. On that occasion, the Red Devils conceded a late goal allowing AC Milan a lifeline. The teams are at 7/2 to draw on Thursday night. Granada will have to be nearly perfect to get something from a game in which Manchester United are far more talented.
Reports on Tuesday claim that Solskjaer is “coming of age as a manager”. The fickle Manchester United-loving media and support called for him to be sacked this time a year ago. Now, nearly everyone is happy for the former player to continue in the hotseat.
Granada are at odds of 7/1 to pull off a shock at Old Trafford. Manager Diego Martinez’s team are coming off of a 2-1 come from behind La Liga win over Real Valladolid at the weekend. The victory ended a four-game losing streak in all competitions for Los Rojiblancos.
Manchester United vs Granada Team News
Forward Anthony Martial will miss the match as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered during the March international break. Martial will be joined by centre-back Eric Bailly on the sidelines. Bailly is recovering from a positive COVID-19 test. He tested positive following the March international break and may not be cleared to play. According to recent reports, Bailly has recovered from COVID-19 and will be in Manchester ahead of the clash. He could be far from match fit, however.
Winger Daniel James picked up a knock in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals against Granada. He is a doubt to play in the second leg.
Martinez has a few names on the Granada injury list. The injuries suffered by Los Rojiblancos could have a greater impact than the ones on Solskjaer’s list. Defender Domingos Duarte is nursing a knee injury. He isn’t due back until next month. Midfielders Luis Milla and Alberto Soro are doubts due to their respective injury issues. Defender Neydar Lozano is ruled out with a skull fracture. Defender Pepe Sanchez has a knock and is a doubt to play.
Goalscoring has been an issue for Granada in 2020-21. Jorge Molina leads the team in goals with 11 in all competitions. Striker Roberto Soldado has added 10 to the Granada cause this season. Neither were a factor in the first leg of the quarterfinal.
Manchester United vs Granada Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 5/6 - BET NOW
Manchester United had no issue with Granada’s attack in the first leg a week ago. They are unlikely to have difficulty with Granada in the second leg either. Manchester United saw out two draws in the home legs of their previous Europa League ties. After thrashing Real Sociedad in San Sebastian, they saw out a nil-nil draw at home. Expect more Manchester United dominance in the quarterfinal second leg.
Bruno Fernandes to score anytime @ 7/5 - BET NOW
With the number of penalties that Manchester United get in all competitions, it is difficult to look past midfielder Bruno Fernandes scoring a goal. The Red Devils got a late penalty in Spain in the first leg which was scored by Fernandes to give the team a commanding 2-0 lead. He is the team’s set-piece specialist and could score on Thursday night to kill off the tie.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 10/11 - BET NOW
Granada won at the weekend, scoring twice against Real Valladolid. It was their first win in five games and the first time Granada scored in over 180 minutes of football. Martinez’s side are in their first-ever European campaign.
It is remarkable that Granada have reached the quarterfinals in their first attempt at Europe. However, their away legs in the knockout rounds have been very poor. They lost 2-1 to Napoli and 2-1 to Molde. Manchester United’s defence is too good to concede to a team that has scored 40 goals away from home. There is only one result on Thursday night and that is a Manchester United win.
Man Utd vs Granada Tips
Here are our Man Utd vs Granada tips for Thursday's Europa League match at Old Trafford.
1. Both teams to score: NO @ 5/6
2. Bruno Fernandes to score anytime @ 7/5
3. Under 2.5 goals scored @ 10/11
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