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LIVE: Granada vs Manchester United

18′ Fernandes looks to find a way through Granada’s defence and is brought down by Herrera a few yards outside the hosts’ penalty area. Rashford is standing over the free-kick. 

17′ Solskjaer’s side have settled into their rhythm now and are beginning to see a little more of the ball. Fernandes is dropping into the space between Granada’s defence and midfield, although the away side are yet to heavily involve the Portuguese midfielder. 

15′ Shaw lays a short corner off to Rashford, who then picks out Greenwood. The attacker’s left-footed cross from the right is nodded down to Pogba before the Frenchman’s reverse pass is cleared. 

13′ Montoro sends the ball long for Soldado to gather on the halfway line, but the Spanish forward just moved into the United half and is flagged as offside by the referee’s assistant. 

11′ Rashford collects Pogba’s pass inside the hosts’ half and is pulled back by Diaz as he turned away from the defender. Free-kick to the Red Devils. 

10′ Montoro clips the resulting free-kick in towards Soldado, and Fernandes is alert to nod the ball behind for a corner. The set-piece is taken short, and the eventual cross deflects into De Gea’s gloves. 

P. Pogba

Yellow Card

Manchester United

8′ Pogba picks up the first yellow card of the match after catching Kenedy’s left ankle in stretching to collect his own heavy first touch. The hosts now have a free-kick midway inside the United half. 

6′ Greenwood works the ball inside following a throw-in from the left and picks out Pogba. The Frenchman goes for goal from range, and his strike is blocked by Herrera. 

4′ Puertas finds a yard of space midway inside the visitors’ half and lays the ball off to his left for Neva. The full-back floats a cross into the back post which Shaw is able to deal with. 

3′ Lindelof brings the ball out of defence and launches a lofted throughball for James to chase, although the pass is overhit and runs behind for a goal-kick.

1′ The hosts start on the front foot with Kenedy breaking down the left-hand side of the field. His low left-footed cross into the centre of the box is hooked away to safety by Maguire with Soldado lurking.  

1′ Kick-off! The referee, Artur Manuel Soares Dias, blows his whistle and United get us underway. 

The teams are out, and kick-off will soon be upon us here at Nuevo Los Carmenes. 

Granada will be the 11th different Spanish side that Manchester United have faced in major European competition. The Red Devils have lost their first ever meeting with five of the previous 10. 

In the Europa League this season, the home side have only suffered defeat in one of their five matches at Nuevo Los Carmenes. Across those matches, Martinez’s team have conceded two goals. This is Granada’s maiden European campaign, making them the first side since RB Leipzig in 2017-18 to reach the quarter-finals of a major European competition in their first season. Solskjaer’s team, on the other hand, are yet to lose in the Europa League, and they have scored five goals in their last two European away matches. Not only that, but the Red Devils have also kept back-to-back clean sheets on the road in the Europa League.

Diego Martinez makes two changes from the Granada side that lost to Villarreal last time out in La Liga. Vallejo and Neva come into the defence in place of Sanchez and Quini. The Red Devils’ line-up, on the other hand, features three alterations from their one-goal win over Brighton. De Gea returns to the team in place of Henderson, while McTominay and James also start ahead of Fred and Cavani.

MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Lee Grant, Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Donny van de Beek, Amad Diallo Traore, Anthony Elanga, Edinson Cavani. 

GRANADA SUBS: Aaron Escandell, Arnau Fabrega, Dimitri Foulquier, Nehuen Perez, German Sanchez, Luis Suarez, Yan Eteki, Darwin Machis, Jorge Molina.  

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay; Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Mason Greenwood. 

GRANADA (4-2-3-1): Rui Silva; Victor Diaz, Jesus Vallejo, Domingos Duarte, Carlos Neva; Yangel Herrera, Maxime Gonalons; Kenedy, Angel Montoro, Antonio Puertas; Roberto Soldado. 

Granada, who beat Molde in the previous round, will be looking to bounce back against the Red Devils after losing their most recent La Liga fixture 3-0 to Villarreal. After defeating AC Milan in the round-of-16 phase, United come into this match having beaten Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in their last top-flight outing.

Hello and welcome to live match coverage of the Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash between Granada and Manchester United at Nuevo Los Carmenes. 

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