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Manchester United 2-0 Granada: Player ratings as Red Devils cruise into Europa League semi-finals

Max Parsons
Apr 15, 2021, 10:10 PM GMT+1
Edinson Cavani celebrates his early goal
Edinson Cavani celebrates his early goal | OLI SCARFF/Getty Images
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An Edinson Cavani strike and a Jesus Vallejo own goal gave Manchester United a comfortable 2-0 win over Granada on Thursday night, securing the Red Devils' spot in the Europa League semi-finals with a 4-0 aggregate score against their Spanish opposition.

The hosts wasted no time in venturing forward and grabbed the opener within just six minutes. Paul Pogba superbly headed Alex Telles' cross into the path of Cavani, who clinically swept the ball into the bottom corner on the volley.

The blistering start to the game wasn't a precursor to the subsequent action, but United managed to grab a second goal in the final minute of the 90, when another Telles cross was turned into his own net by Vallejo.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side held out comfortably enough to see out the 2-0 win on the night, booking their place in the Europa League's last four. Now, let's see how the Red Devils rated.

MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER RATINGS

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

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Aaron Wan Bissaka blocks Angel Montoro's cross | OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

David De Gea (GK) - 6/10 - Looked comfortable when called into action, but was hardly worked throughout.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) - 7/10 - Quite sloppy on the ball, giving possession away cheaply on numerous occasions but was superb defensively, making eight ball recoveries.

Axel Tuanzebe (CB) - 6/10 - Was physically imposing throughout and, despite conceding a couple of opportunities with some dodgy marking, he was mostly solid making five interventions.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - 7/10 - Maintained a level head at the heart of the United defence, showing great positional awareness to make six clearances.

Alex Telles (LB) - 7/10 - Somewhat loose defensively, not replicating Wan-Bissaka's intensity in closing down and putting a foot in but made an impact on the front foot, getting the assist to the assist for the opener and putting in the cross that forced the second.

2. Midfielders

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Bruno Fernandes battling with Dimitri Foulquier | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Nemanja Matic (CM) - 6/10 - Solid enough as his back four's screen, making five ball recoveries, and mostly kept things simple with the ball to keep his side moving.

Fred (CM) - 6/10 -
Offered bite and industry in midfield, constantly providing an option for teammates and snapping away at opposition heels. For all his possession, however, he couldn't really find a pass to break through Granada's lines.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - 6/10 -
Typically hard working and had a lot of joy in finding holes between the lines. Couldn't find a cutting edge with his two key passes, though. Might have done better with his shooting opportunities as well, skewing three efforts off target.

3. Forwards

Mason Greenwood (RW) - 6/10 - Made some really promising darts in behind and showed good movement throughout but didn't really have much service. Did pass up the chance to convert a free header form around eight yards out on 50 minutes, though.

Edinson Cavani (ST) - 7/10 -
Found himself quite deep at times, trying to link up play and get moves going. Also showed his typical poacher's movement in the final third and found space perfectly to make it 1-0.

Paul Pogba (LW) - 8/10 -
Efficient, progressive and strong on the ball, often driving from deep to give Granada's back line real trouble - notably securing a wonderful assist for the opener - while putting in a big defensive shift with five tackles. Despite another influential performance, he was taken off at the break to avoid suspension.

4. Substitutes

Donny van de Beek (AM) - 6/10 - Managed to get on the ball in good areas and should have got an assist for the chance Greenwood failed to convert. Once again, though, failed to make a real impact.

Daniel James (LW) - 6/10

Juan Mata (RW) - 6/10

Brandon Williams (RB) - 6/10

Amad Diallo (ST) - 6/10

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