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Europa League Q/F 2nd Leg: 3 Talking Points as Manchester United & Arsenal Progress to the Semi-Final Stage

Arjun Singh Devgan
Manchester United v Granada CF - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Leg Two
Manchester United v Granada CF - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Leg Two / Visionhaus/Getty Images
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The two-legged Europa League quarter-final clash between Manchester United vs Granada and Slavia Prague vs Arsenal came to end which resulted in both the English clubs booking a passage into the last-four of the competition.

Here, we take a look at the talking points from the second leg of the quarter-final games that took place on Thursday.

1. Cavani remains key to Man United's title hopes

Edinson Cavani
Manchester United v Granada CF - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Leg Two / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Edinson Cavani's future at Old Trafford might still be up in the air, but the Uruguayan has shown that he remains key in United's progress of success between now and the end of the campaign.

The 34-year-old opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the sixth minute, which was another impressive display from him following his Man of the Match performance against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Cavani's ability to play between the lines and his position sense become even more important in Europe and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope he continues in the same vein.

2. United's defence looking solid off late

David De Gea, Victor Lindelöf
Manchester United v Granada CF - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Leg Two / Visionhaus/Getty Images

David de Gea started the game in place of Dean Henderson and it made no difference as the Spaniard was impressive on the night, ven keeping the La Liga side out at a crucial moment before his team made it two goals with no reply.

United's defence have conceded just 18 goals since the start of 2021, with clean sheets in 15 of 27 games. A much improved back in recent months.

3. Arsenal to have a reunion with Emery

Alexandre Lacazette
Slavia Praha v Arsenal FC - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Leg Two / Martin Sidorjak/Getty Images

Arsenal breezed through their opponents in the second leg with Alexandre Lacazette (2), Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka scoring on the night to ensure that they progressed to the semi-final on a 5-1 aggregate.

The Gunners will face Villarreal in the last four, where they will face a reunion with former manager, Unai Emery and it will be interesting to see how their former boss goes about plotting revenge on a club who sacked him.

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