April 23, 2021

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Granada 0-2 Manchester United: Red Devils ease one foot in the Europa League semi-finals

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Manchester United took total control of their Europa League quarter-final tie after netting two crucial away goals in an assured showing against Granada.

A half-fit Marcus Rashford fired United into the lead in the first half after taking down Victor Lindelof’s searching long ball and coolly slotting into the bottom corner.

Granada tested David de Gea with several long shots, and struck the woodwork, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team look set to secure another semi-final spot after Bruno Fernandes’ late penalty.

More to follow. 

Manchester United struck twice to ease to a win over Granada and take full control of their Europa League quarter-final clash

Manchester United struck twice to ease to a win over Granada and take full control of their Europa League quarter-final clash

Marcus Rashford latched on to a long ball from Victor Lindelof before racing in on goal and then tucking home a neat finish

Marcus Rashford latched on to a long ball from Victor Lindelof before racing in on goal and then tucking home a neat finish

United will take the first-leg lead back to Old Trafford in their hunt for yet another semi-final under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

United will take the first-leg lead back to Old Trafford in their hunt for yet another semi-final under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

MATCH FACTS

Granada: Silva, Diaz, Vallejo, Duarte (Sanchez 54), Neva (Foulquier 74), Herrera, Gonalons (Eteki 86), Kenedy (Machis 75), Montoro, Puertas, Soldado (Suarez 87)

Subs not used: Perez, Escandell, Molina, Manas

Booked: Duarte, Brice

Manager: Diego Martinez

Manchester United: de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Telles 46), Pogba (Matic 72), McTominay, James, Fernandes, Rashford (Cavani 66), Greenwood (van de Beek 85)

Subs not used: Mata, Grant, Fred, Amad, Henderson, Williams, Tuanzebe, Elanga 

Goals: Rashford 31, Fernandes 90

Booked: Pogba, McTominay, Shaw, Maguire, Matic

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 

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Bruno Fernandes stepped up after United were awarded a late penalty and squeezed the effort from 12 yards into the corner

Bruno Fernandes stepped up after United were awarded a late penalty and squeezed the effort from 12 yards into the corner

Fernandes looked to test LaLiga outfit Granada in Spain and eventually found the target with the stoppage-time spot-kick

Fernandes looked to test LaLiga outfit Granada in Spain and eventually found the target with the stoppage-time spot-kick

Luke Shaw will miss the return leg after picking up a booking in a slight blow to his hopes of further impressing this season

Luke Shaw will miss the return leg after picking up a booking in a slight blow to his hopes of further impressing this season

Pogba started at the heart of United's midfield and also picked up a caution as Granada looked to test the visitors' backline

Pogba started at the heart of United’s midfield and also picked up a caution as Granada looked to test the visitors’ backline

Goalscorer Rashford and Fernandes stood poised over a promising free-kick, but the ace blasted the shot over the crossbar

Goalscorer Rashford and Fernandes stood poised over a promising free-kick, but the ace blasted the shot over the crossbar

Kenedy tried to squeeze a shot in on goal from a difficult angle and proved a constant thorn in United's side down the wing

Kenedy tried to squeeze a shot in on goal from a difficult angle and proved a constant thorn in United’s side down the wing

Daniel James was clattered in a challenge by Domingos Duarte, who was forced off after picking up an injury after the blow

Daniel James was clattered in a challenge by Domingos Duarte, who was forced off after picking up an injury after the blow

Granada coach Diego Martinez (above) urged his team on from the touchline in one of the biggest games in the club's history

Granada coach Diego Martinez (above) urged his team on from the touchline in one of the biggest games in the club’s history

Harry Maguire marauded forward on a fine run for United but saw his attempt whistle wide of the target to the left-hand side

Harry Maguire marauded forward on a fine run for United but saw his attempt whistle wide of the target to the left-hand side

Mason Greenwood tried to jink inside a crowded penalty area but then saw his deft touch defended superbly by Jesus Vallejo

Mason Greenwood tried to jink inside a crowded penalty area but then saw his deft touch defended superbly by Jesus Vallejo

David de Gea was recalled ahead of Dean Henderson in goal and had been on hand to deal with several efforts from distance

David de Gea was recalled ahead of Dean Henderson in goal and had been on hand to deal with several efforts from distance

Re-live the drama from Spain with live commentary from Sportsmail’s KATHRYN BATTE below…

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