April 23, 2021

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Manchester United explain Marcus Rashford and David de Gea decisions vs Granada

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Marcus Rashford is in a fit enough state to start against Granada.

United made three changes from the side that beat Brighton 2-1 in the league on Sunday, with David de Gea, Scott McTominay and Daniel James coming into the starting line-up. Rashford was deemed fit enough to start after coming off with a knock midway through the second half against Brighton. De Gea comes into the side in goal for Dean Henderson.

United are looking to book a spot in the Europa League semi-finals for the second year in succession, after being knocked out in the last four by Spanish opposition (Sevilla) last season.

Solskjaer explained that Rashford declared himself fit for the game in Granada, despite some soreness. He’s been carrying a shoulder injury for some time this season.

Speaking to MUTV before kick off, Solskjaer 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.”

United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, McTominay, James, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood.

Subs: Grant, Henderson, Cavani, Mata, Fred, Amad, Telles, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Elanga.

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