Thoughts ahead of kick-off
Granada-United is not the kind of quarter-final that is going to persuade sports fans to switch over from The Masters. United are fortunate to have drawn such an undistinguished side at this stage, although back-to-back European ties against Istanbul Basaksehir looked kind and look how that went.
The build-up to United Europa League games is predictably low key with the Champions League rightly dominating back pages. Solskjaer misread the room with his indiscreet comments about the ‘war zone’ regarding the goalkeeping department. Nobody has suggested it is anything like Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann between David de Gea and Dean Henderson. On the contrary, their working relationship is amicable.
It is not a journalist’s fault that Solskjaer lacked the authority to drop De Gea when he intended to – for the games against West Brom and Chelsea – and it is then reported about, either.
You only have to look north at Newcastle to see how paranoid a manager can get when a reporter reports what’s going on behind the scenes. Craig Hope of the Daily Mail has been banned by Steve Bruce.