The referee Artur Dias, assisted in the bands by his compatriots Rui Tavares and Paulo Soares, will be in charge of delivering justice. The Portuguese, international referee since 2010, has accumulated more than 80 matches in UEFA competition as experience. He will be assisted at the VAR by Joao Pinheiro.
Despite how decisive Bruno Fernandes is with his figures, Solskjaer empowers the Portuguese with Marcos Rashford. Between them they have scored 62% of the targets in European competition this season (13 of 21).
With 23 goals and 14 assists this season across all competitions, Bruno Fernandes is Manchester United’s differential footballer. It is the main threat presented to Diego Martínez.
Including the knockout rounds, Yangel Herrera, who is on loan from Manchester City, is Granada’s top scorer in European competition this season. The Venezuelan has signed five goals.
Manchester United have reached the quarter-finals of a European competition for the 27th time, advancing on 17 of the previous 26. They have not won the first leg of their last three quarter-final to two-game matches in Europe (2E 1D).
Since RB Leipzig’s participation in the 2017/18 edition, no team had reached the quarter-finals of a European competition in their debut campaign (UEFA Europa League) as the Nasrid side is doing. Ahead they have another challenge that Villarreal already did in the 2003/04 campaign, qualifying for the semifinals in their European debut (UEFA Cup).
Granada is the eleventh Spanish team different from the one that Manchester United faces in European competition: they lost their first meeting with five of the previous 10 (Athletic de Bilbao in 1957, Real Madrid in 1957, Barcelona in 1984, Atlético de Madrid in 1991 and Deportivo de La Coruña in 2001).
Manchester United is not the first ‘giant’ that the Nasrid team will face, which two seasons ago was a member of the Second Division. Their competitiveness has already been suffered in this edition by other great Europeans such as PSV Eindhoven or Naples.
After finishing third in Group H of the Champions League, Manchester United have fallen to the UEFA Europa League in search of a title they already won in 2017. The ‘Red Devils’ have dropped out of the competition to Real Sociedad ( sixteenth) and AC Milan (eighth), conceding just one goal in all four games.
Granada descended on Molde in the second round of the Europa League, which is precisely the old club that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led before assuming the technical direction of Manchester United.
SOLSKJAER GOES WITH EVERYTHING !!! The Norwegian does not save anything for the visit to the Nuevo Los Cármenes, introducing three changes compared to the eleven used a few days ago against Brighton in the Premier League. David de Gea returns to goal, Rashford replaces Cavani and McTominay accompanies Pogba in the control room, replacing Fred.
DARWIN MACHÍS DON’T PLAY !!! Diego Martínez does not start with the Venezuelan in the starting eleven. After recovering in time from some discomfort, Kenedy will accompany Roberto Soldado at the tip of the spear. In defense, Vallejo will make a pair of centrals with Duarte and Carlos Neva returns to the left side.
For his part, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comes out with the following eleven players (4-2-3-1): David de Gea – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw – Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay – Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford – Mason Greenwood.
We already have the initial eleven confirmed !! Diego Martínez puts the following line-up into the fray (4-3-3): Rui Silva – Víctor Díaz, Domingos Duarte, Jesús Vallejo, Carlos Neva – Maxime Gonalons, Ángel Montoro, Yangel Herrera – Antonio Puertas, Roberto Soldado and Kenedy.
That strength will be put to the test by a Granada who will try to achieve what only Leicester City has achieved in recent weeks. And it is that those of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have only lost one of their last 15 official matches, winning eight games in this period.
Despite the disappointment of not advancing to the knockout phase of the Champions League, Manchester United has proven to be back on track, with a well-established foundation. The talent of Bruno Fernandes, the emergence of the quarry personified in the figure of Marcus Rashford or the leadership exercised by footballers such as David de Gea or Harry Maguire make the English team a team that is one of the favorites in the UEFA Europa League and the the only one that is relatively close to Manchester City (-14 points) in the Premier League standings.
Recovered pieces such as Yangel Herrera, Darwin Machís or Carlos Neva, Granada begins to see the glass half full after a streak of not very positive results. Despite qualifying for the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, the Nasrid side have lost six of the last nine official matches. On nights like today, desires and self-confidence prevail more than the last fruits harvested.
Neither Granada nor Diego Martínez is afraid of the big names. Aware of the magnitude of his rival, the Galician coach opts to raise the flag of illusion to stand up to a whole European giant, in search of the ticket that will take them to the best four in the competition.
Historic night for the Andalusian team! Granada’s first experience in Europe has the visit of the ‘Red Devils’, champion of this competition in 2017, to Nuevo Los Cármenes.
Good night Everybody! Welcome to the broadcast of this match between Granada Club de Fútbol and Manchester United Football Club, corresponding to the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals. We start with the preview of the meeting (9:00 p.m.)!