Targets in both half from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes noticed Manchester United register a hard-fought 2-0 away win within the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie in opposition to Granada on Thursday.
After an evenly-matched begin to the sport that lacked clear-cut probabilities for both facet, the guests took the lead simply after the hour-mark via Rashford. The Englishman latched on to a exact lofted ball from deep and clinically slotted a end previous the goalkeeper into the underside nook.
Within the second half, the Manchester United defence efficiently withstood a extra concerted spell of stress from the house facet. The Purple Devils appeared to have carried out sufficient for a 1-0 win once they had been provided a golden alternative to double their benefit late within the recreation.
With the sport headed in direction of added time, Fernandes was fouled within the field by Granada substitute Yan Brice Eteki. The Portugal worldwide took the resultant spot-kick himself and was considerably lucky to see his weak effort trickle into the objective after the goalkeeper obtained a hand to it.
This was the ultimate noteworthy piece of motion within the recreation as Manchester United take two important away objectives into the second leg at Outdated Trafford in per week’s time, despite the fact that they are going to be lacking the companies of some key gamers via suspension.
On that observe, listed here are Manchester United’s participant scores from the sport.
Manchester United participant scores in opposition to Granada
David de Gea: 6/10
The Spaniard was stored busy by a collection of largely speculative pictures from vary by the house facet. Nevertheless, he was equal to no matter was thrown at him as he stored a clear sheet on his return to the beginning eleven.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7/10
Manchester United’s right-back was stored on his toes by the harmful Kenedy. Nevertheless, he dealt effectively with the menace provided by the Brazilian and likewise obtained ahead with nice regularity and function in an all-round show.
Victor Lindelof: 7.5/10
Whereas the Swede was calm and composed in defence, his best contribution within the recreation got here on the different finish of the pitch. He claimed an help with a wonderful go excessive, which Rashford duly transformed for the opening objective.
Harry Maguire: 6/10
The Manchester United skipper put in a commanding efficiency in defence in opposition to the wily Roberto Soldado. He sadly acquired a second-half reserving, which implies he’ll miss the second leg of the tie.
Luke Shaw: 5/10
Luke Shaw spent many of the first half doggedly defending the left flank and picked up a reserving proper earlier than the break in the middle of his defensive duties. He was subsequently changed at half-time and can miss the return leg at Outdated Trafford.
Paul Pogba: 5/10
Paul Pogba picked up an early reserving after the house facet’s energetic urgent compelled him into a careless foul and was compelled to stroll the defensive tightrope for the remainder of the sport.
Whereas the Frenchman was at all times seeking to get Manchester United shifting ahead, his often assured contact and pin-point passing weren’t fairly there, and he was changed by Matic with quarter-hour to go.
Scott McTominay: 5/10
This was a combative and bodily efficiency in midfield from the Scotsman, who shaped an efficient protect in entrance of his again 4.
Nevertheless, a first-half reserving implies that Manchester United can be lacking his companies within the second leg.
Daniel James: 5/10
The Welshman was making runs all through the sport, forcing the Granada defenders right into a collection of mistimed tackles. Nevertheless, he was unable to affect the sport in an attacking sense in any other case.
Bruno Fernandes: 6/10
Manchester United’s midfield maestro was carefully monitored by the opposition midfielders, which meant that he was unable to exert his normal affect on the sport.
Nevertheless, the Portugal worldwide was to not be denied, as he gained and subsequently transformed a late penalty to provide Manchester United an important second away objective within the tie.
Marcus Rashford: 7/10
Marcus Rashford appeared vigorous on the left wing from the beginning and was rewarded for his efforts with a objective that he took expertly to provide his facet the lead.
He performed via the center after half-time and was taken off halfway via the second half as he continues to work his method again to full health.
Mason Greenwood: 5/10
Mason Greenwood led the road within the first half and performed out on the best wing in the course of the second. He confirmed flashes of his expertise however appeared largely off the tempo as he gave the ball away with sloppy passes now and again.
Alex Telles: 5/10
Alex Telles changed the cautioned Luke Shaw at half-time and obtained ahead way more typically than his predecessor as the house facet pushed ahead looking for a objective.
Nevertheless, the Brazilian’s forays ahead meant that he was typically caught out on the again and needed to throw himself into a few last-ditch tackles.
Edinson Cavani: 5/10
Edinson Cavani changed Rashford within the second half and located probabilities in entrance of objective onerous to return by, typically having to drop deep into his personal half to choose up the ball.
Nemanja Matic: 5/10
Nemanja Matic changed the booked Paul Pogba within the closing levels so as to add some solidity to the Manchester United midfield, which he did in his normal calm and unhurried method.
Donny van de Beek: N.A.
Donny van de Beek got here on for Greenwood within the closing couple of minutes however hardly obtained on the ball throughout his time on the pitch.