Rashford 8/10, Fernandes 7/10 as Man United put one foot into the Europa League semifinals

Rashford 8/10, Fernandes 7/10 as Man United put one foot into the Europa League semifinals

Manchester United planted one foot firmly within the Europa League semifinals because the guests noticed off a spirited Granada aspect to earn a hard-fought 2-Zero victory in Spain.

Perceived because the minnows of the competitors by many, the hosts performed with the self-belief of a large and have been inches away from taking the lead when the spectacular Yangel Herrera struck David De Gea’s left put up.

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However on an evening filled with screams from these on the pitch and on the touchline, it was a Marcus Rashford screamer that broke the impasse on the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes, because the winger raced onto Victor Lindelof’s punt excessive and spectacularly plucked the ball out of the air earlier than stabbing past Rui Silva.

And simply when it regarded just like the tie was hanging within the steadiness heading into stoppage time, Bruno Fernandes was deemed to have been fouled within the penalty space. The Portugal worldwide picked himself as much as squeeze his spot-kick previous his compatriot to offer United respiratory room heading again to Previous Trafford.

Positives

That is 20 targets for the season now for Rashford, and if the run was good, the contact was out of this world. United have been removed from at their finest, however they bought the job finished and the tie is now theirs to lose having banked two precious away targets.

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Negatives

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males have been robust favourites going into the tie, however the guests made a nervy begin to proceedings and have been responsible of exhibiting an absence of self-discipline. Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire are all out of the return leg at Previous Trafford after choosing up yellow playing cards.

Supervisor ranking out of 10

7 — The Norwegian confirmed religion within the gamers who bought the job finished on the San Siro towards AC Milan with an unchanged again 4 and the inclusion of Rashford. Between them they repaid him with a clear sheet, a exceptional help and a marvel aim.

Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)

GK David De Gea, 7 — A primary begin in seven for the Spaniard, who was well-beaten by on-loan Manchester Metropolis man Herrera’s shinned effort which cannoned again off the put up. To his credit score, the United goalkeeper confirmed good fingers to carry onto a collection of fresh Kenedy strikes.

DF Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 6 — A tricky begin for the visiting right-back towards the unrelenting Kenedy, who pressed onerous. Nevertheless, after taking the time to measurement up his man he was way more comfy.

DF Victor Lindelof, 8 — Did nearly sufficient to shut down Roberto Soldado who was given solely the aspect netting to goal at. Then capped a fairly good 30 seconds with a surprising 70-yard move to select the penetrating run of Rashford.

DF Harry Maguire, 7 — The skipper did effectively to tidy up a harmful low ball in direction of Kenedy inside the primary minute, and he regarded within the temper on the different finish too, turning Carlos Neva inside out on the suitable flank earlier than lashing a thunderous effort simply huge minutes later.

DF Luke Shaw, 6 — Picked out Fernandes with a superb ball simply earlier than the break just for the transfer to filter out. His yellow card for a tug on Antonio Puertas means he’ll miss the second leg. Made approach for Alex Telles at half-time.

MF Scott McTominay, 6 — One other feisty efficiency in the midst of the park from the Scot, who did his finest to frustrate the spirited hosts and picked up a reserving for his troubles.

Marcus Rashford scored a chic aim as United drew first blood of their Europa League tie with upstart Granada. Fran Santiago/Getty Photos

MF Paul Pogba, 6 — A forgettable first contact teed up the hosts for a slick counter-attack however his subsequent intervention was significantly better, charging into the midfield and discovering Marcus Rashford with a superb ball out to the left. Later booked for a slipshod problem.

MF Daniel James, 6 — A quiet begin from the Welshman who turned extra of an outlet as the primary half rumbled on. His tempo was at all times a menace as soon as United began to maneuver up by way of the gears, and he performed Fernandes by way of with one neat back-heel, though the flag would have gone up anyway.

MF Bruno Fernandes, 7 — 9 penalties, 9 targets, however few extra necessary than this one as Fernandes’ 89th-minute penalty trickled over the road to double his aspect’s benefit. Earlier, he’d made an equally necessary contribution on the different finish, prodding the ball behind with Soldado lurking for a tap-in.

MF Marcus Rashford, 8 — There have been questions over the England man’s health ranges previous to kick-off however he repaid his supervisor’s religion with an excellent aim. The superbly-timed run. The chic contact. The cheeky poke past Rui Silva. It was fairly merely attractive stuff all-around.

FW Mason Greenwood, 5 — {The teenager} did effectively to shortly transfer the ball onto Fernandes early on just for Pogba to see his effort blocked, and past that he was quiet. He gifted Granada their finest probability of the second half with a sloppy move that invited a counter.

Substitutes

DF Alex Telles, 6 — Gave the ball away together with his first contact earlier than conceding a nook together with his second. Past that he wasn’t actually examined as United began to take management as soon as extra. Almost picked out Edinson Cavani with a beautiful whipped cross.

MF Nemanja Matic, N/R — Changed Pogba for the ultimate 15 minutes or so — maybe unsurprising contemplating the France star was on a reserving — and he put in an honest shift exterior of choosing up one other yellow.

MF Donny van de Beek, N/R — Got here on for the under-par Mason Greenwood for the closing phases as United regarded to protect their benefit.

FW Edinson Cavani, 6 — Changed Rashford within the 66th minute. I am nonetheless scratching my head at how Telles’ cross one way or the other evaded him, however he linked up brilliantly with the identical man as some wonderful build-up play ended with Fernandes’ late penalty.

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