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Manchester United vs Granada preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, team news and prediction

Daniel Feliciano
Apr 14, 2021, 12:15 PM GMT+1
Manchester United host Granada with a semi-final spot on the line
Manchester United host Granada with a semi-final spot on the line | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Manchester United host Granada in the Europa League quarter-final second leg on Thursday, holding a 2-0 lead from the first game last week.

The Reds earned victory in Spain thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes in a game they largely controlled, as the La Liga side were swept aside by the quality of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's outfit.

Both sides picked up big wins domestically at the weekend to come into the game in good spirits but with injuries and suspensions kicking in for the home side, could an upset be on the cards? Here is 90min's preview for the game.

Where to watch

When is the match? Thursday 15 April
What time is kick off? 20:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? Old Trafford
TV Channel? BT Sport 2 (UK)
Referee?
Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
VAR? Bastian Dankert (GER)

Manchester United team news

The Reds will be without three starters from the first leg with Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay all suspended after receiving yellow cards. That means Nemanja Matic and Alex Telles will likely start, while Axel Tuanzebe should get the nod ahead of Eric Bailly after his bout of COVID-19.

Rashford could be afforded a rest to help recover from the ankle and shoulder problems he's been dealing with, while Dan James is expected to be fit enough to return after missing the weekend win at Tottenham.

Granada team news

The Spanish side have two suspensions of their own with Domingos Duarte and Yan Eteki both missing from the second leg squad. That means German Sanchez should start in the centre of defence in an otherwise unchanged lineup.

Luis Milla and Neyder Lozano are both still out injured and will miss the game.

Predicted lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Telles; Matic, Fred; Mata, Fernandes, James; Greenwood.

Granada: Silva; Diaz, Sanchez, Vallejo, Neva; Herrera, Gonalons; Puertas, Montoro, Kenedy; Soldado.

Recent form

Manchester United

Tottenham 1-3 Manchester United - Premier League (11/4)
Granada 0-2 Manchester United - Europa League (8/4)
Manchester United 2-1 Brighton - Premier League (4/4)
Leicester 3-1 Manchester United - FA Cup (21/3)
AC Milan 0-1 Manchester United - Europa League (18/3)

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Greenwood scored from the bench against Tottenham | ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

Granada

Real Valladolid 1-2 Granada - La Liga (11/4)
Granada 0-2 Manchester United - Europa League (8/4)
Granada 0-3 Villarreal - La Liga (3/4)
Valencia 2-1 Granada - La Liga (21/3)
Molde 2-1 Granada - Europa League (18/3)

Manchester United - Granada prediction

A monumental upset is what is necessary in this second leg if Manchester United are to drop out of the competition, but it seems highly unlikely that will happen.

Solskjaer's side are flying right now and are coming off their best performance of the season against Spurs and while Granada are likely to come out all guns blazing against a United team weakened by suspensions, it won't be enough.

Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Edinson Cavani, Scott Mc Tominay
It should be job done from the first leg | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

United have too much quality and will be able to control the ball for large portions of the game while also creating chances of their own. Granada will have to come out looking for goals and that will only lead to more chances for United to put the game out of their reach.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Granada

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