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Granada 0-2 Manchester United: Red Devils’ player ratings as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men claim a vital away win | UEFA Europa League 2020-21

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Goals in any half of Marcus Rashford i Bruno Fernandes saw Manchester United record a hard-fought 2-0 away win in the first game UEFA Europa League quarterfinals draw against Granada on Thursday.

After an even start to the game that had no clear chances for both sides, the guests took the lead immediately after the clock mark through Rashford. The Englishman hooked himself to a precise ball from the depths and clinically passed the goalkeeper in the bottom corner.

In the second half, the defense of Manchester United successfully withstood the more coordinated spells of pressure from the home team. The Red Devils seemed to have done enough to win 1-0 when they were offered a golden opportunity to double the advantage later in the game.

Granada Yan Brice Eteki fouled Fernandesa in the extra time. The Portuguese national team player himself performed the resulting spot-kick and was a little lucky when he saw his weak effort leak into the goal, after the goalkeeper extended his hand.

This was the last important moment in the game as Manchester United took two vital away goals in the return leg Old Trafford in a week, although they will miss the services of several key players due to suspension.

In that sense, here is the rating of Manchester United players from the game.


Manchester United vs. Granada player ratings

David de Gea: 6.10

The Spaniard was taken by a series of mostly speculative shots from the home team’s range. However, he was equal to what was thrown at him, while on his return in the early eleven he kept a clean sheet.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka finished off a right flank with a dominant right-back performance
Aaron Wan-Bissaka finished off a right flank with a dominant right-back performance

Manchester United’s right-back was dangerously kept on his toes Kennedy. However, he coped well with the threat offered to him by the Brazilian, and he also progressed with great regularity and purpose in a versatile display.

Victor Lindelof: 7.5 / 10

While the Swede was calm and calm in defense, his greatest contribution in the game was given at the other end of the field. He sought assistance with a great pass over the top, which Rashford neatly turned into an opening goal.

Harry Maguire: 6/10

The Manchester United skipper made a commanding appearance in defense against the cunning Roberto Soldado. Unfortunately, he received a card in the second half, which means that he will miss the rematch.

Luke Shaw: 5.10

Luke Shaw spent most of the first half persistently defending his left flank and picked up a card just before the break during his defensive duties. He was subsequently substituted at half-time and will miss the return leg at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba: 5/10

Paul Pogba he picked up an early card after the home team’s energetic pressure forced him into an awkward foul and was forced to walk the defensive rope until the end of the game.

Although the Frenchman always asked Manchester United to move forward, his usually safe touch and pin-point pass were not quite there, and Matic replaced him with 15 minutes to go.

Scott McTominay: 5/10

This was a fighting and physical performance in the midfield of the Scots, who formed an effective shield in front of his last four.

However, the reservation in the first half means that Manchester United will miss his services in the return match.

Daniel James: 5/10

The Welshman ran throughout the match, forcing the Granada defenders into a series of blurred fights. However, otherwise he could not have influenced the game in an attacking sense.

Bruno Fernandes: 6/10

Bruno Fernandes stormed Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes scored Manchester United’s second goal with a late penalty

The Manchester United maestro was closely followed in the midfield by opposition midfielders, which meant he could not exercise his usual influence on the game.

However, the Portuguese national team player could not be denied, because he won and subsequently realized a late penalty in order for Manchester United to bring a decisive second away goal in the equalizer.

Marcus Rashford: 7/10

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a well-received goal for Manchester United in the first half
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a well-received goal for Manchester United in the first half

Marcus Rashford looked like he knew exactly where he wanted to put the ball, but unfortunately his shot went wide of the left hand post.

He played through the middle after half time, and in the middle of the second half he was taken off as he continues to return to full condition.

Mason Greenwood: 5/10

Mason Greenwood led the line in the first half and played on the right wing in the second. He showed flashes of his talent, but mostly deviated from the rhythm as he occasionally gave the ball to messy passes.

Replacements:

Alex Telles: 5/10

Alex Telles replaced the warned Luke Shaw at half-time and advanced much more often than his predecessor as the home side pushed forward in search of a goal.

However, the Brazilian’s forward attacks meant he was often caught in the back and had to throw himself into the last few fights.

Edinson Cavani: 5/10

Edinson Cavani replaced Rashford in the second half and found it hard to find chances in front of goal, often having to fall deep into his own half to pick up the ball.

Nemanja Matic: 5/10

Nemanja Matić replaced the reserved Paul Pogba in the final phase to add a little solidity to the Manchester United midfield, which he did in his usual calm and unhurried manner.

Donny van de Beek: NO

Donny van de Beek came on for Greenwood in the last few minutes, but barely reached the ball during his time on the field.

Posted April 9, 2021, 5:53 AM IST


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