Manchester United have a two-goal advantage ahead of their Europa League quarter-final second-leg against La Liga side Granada on Thursday evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side reached the semi-final stage last season, losing to eventual winners, Sevilla. The Red Devils will be looking to reach the last four for the second year running as they hope to complete the job at Old Trafford
A great goal from Marcus Rashford in the first half was accompanied by a late Bruno Fernandes penalty in a game that the Premier League side dominated. Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay will all miss Thursday’s game through suspension, however, United will believe they can cope without them, especially with the first-leg advantage.
Granada played decently in the first leg by pressing high and defending with solidity, though they had little impact on the game going forward. The’ defeat to United was their fourth consecutive loss in all competitions, though they broke the jinx with a 2-1 comeback triumph at relegation-threatened Real Valladolid on Sunday.
However, their chances of producing a miraculous turnaround at Old Trafford against a Man Utd team that have lost just once in 17 games seems almost impossible.
Manchester United have had a season full of triumphs and travails but the Premier League side seem to be in great form at the moment. The Red Devils extended their unbeaten away run in the league with a superb 3-1 victory at Tottenham on Sunday, where they played some of the best attacking football that the Premier League has seen in weeks.
Manchester United haven’t lost a Europa League fixture at Old Trafford since 2012, and with a 2-0 first-leg advantage likely to offer counter-attacking possibilities against a Granada team chasing goals, punters can back Manchester United to win and over 1.5 goals.