Manchester United triumph over Granada with 4-0 aggregate
fifth clean sheet in six Europa League ties this season for Manchester United
Manchester United Europa League quarter-final victory over Granada on Thursday night at Old Trafford.
The Uruguayan volleyed home on six minutes after a nice move involving Alex Telles and Paul Pogba to net his 50th goal in European competition. Edinson Cavani’s early strike and a late Granada’s own goal at Old Trafford ensured a 4-0 aggregate triumph for the Reds.
Paul Pogba was substituted at half-time following he was booked in the first half and some Granada players strived to have him suspended for a second foul.
“I didn’t want to risk a scenario where he went into a tackle and was a bit late,” Solskjaer explained. “Paul went into a couple of tackles, he went in fairly, won a few. He got a couple of fouls against him that I didn’t think were fouls. There was no point in risking it, really.
“Donny needed a game and he did well but Paul’s a leader on and off the pitch and I’ve got quite a few of them so it could easily have been given to Bruno, David or Nemanja, there are many of them.
“But whoever’s captain gets taken off, so that’s probably the bad omen for today!”
Solskjaer in post-match:
“Top, absolutely delighted for him because he’s had a difficult spell,” Solskjaer said. “Victor and Harry have done well, Eric – when he’s played – has played well, Axel has played fourth fiddle.
“He’s been very patient, worked hard and tonight I thought he and Victor were our outstanding performers, they kept us from any real pressure, they defended whatever came against them, and towards the end a couple of corners, Axel heads the corners away. Delighted for him.”
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Manchester United will now challenge Roma in the last four of the Europa League after their 3-2 aggregate victory over Ajax.