April 21, 2021

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Three ways Man United could line up vs Granada as squad confirmed

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Manchester United will be looking for a positive result when they face Granada in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie this week.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in Spain ahead of the match on Thursday night as United look to keep their hopes of silverware alive with success in Europe.

This is Granada’s maiden European campaign – they are the first side since RB Leipzig in 2017-18 to reach the quarter-finals of a major European competition in their first European campaign, while the last side to reach the semi-finals in their maiden European season was Villarreal in 2003-04.

In terms of early team news Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford have both been named in the travelling squad for the match.

See how our writers think United should line up and choose your team using the selector below.

Rich Fay

United’s certainty of a top-four finish means they should go all out for the Europa League, but there should still be a bit of rotation in the first leg this week.

In an ideal world both full-backs would be rested, but Telles is the only affordable change available to the back four with De Gea deserving of a return in goal.

McTominay is due a start in midfield while it would be nice to see Van de Beek start as well, even though that does seem highly unlikely.

Amad is close to starting a match now but Greenwood and James make the most sense as starting wide men. In an ideal world Rashord would be rested entirely.



Steven Railston

While it may seem sensible for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rotate the squad, United can take inspiration from their game against Real Sociedad and ruthlessly kill the tie off in one leg, exploiting the away goals rule.

That explains the full strength approach here and if United can score a few goals against Granada, who have conceded the most goals in La Liga this season, the second-leg at Old Trafford will be a dead rubber game.

Although De Gea’s permanent number one spot seems lost to Henderson, it would be foolish to think he won’t make more than a capable deputy in this fixture.

Also, McTominay can come back into the starting XI to replace Fred who hasn’t had his strongest few weeks in a United shirt.



Samuel Luckhurst

There is no harm in recalling De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks more in need of a rest than Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe should have been used more at right-back this calendar year.

McTominay-Van de Beek could be a more frequent midfield partnership next season and Van de Beek needs to get on the same wavelength as Fernandes.

Cavani offers experience in attack, even if he has shown little appetitie to play in the Europa League. Having Amad and Rashford as options off the bench could be decisive.



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