Granada has to appeal to faith and epic, forced to the miracle at Old Trafford. Having learned to survive means that he does not resign early, but United has done much of the way. More mature, accustomed to the elite, he took advantage of a genius of Rashford to make a difference and an awkwardness of Eteki. A Cameroonian penalty woke the Andalusian team from a sweet and happy dream that now seems to be coming to an end (0-2).
Nothing can be blamed on Granada, a fierce team, with qualities that money cannot buy. No one is going to take away the honor of having surprised the whole of Europe, spellbound by the effort and self-confidence of a dressing room ready to challenge a giant like United. It happens that at the moment of truth the intangible shield and the history of a rival with much more experience and talent to knock down anyone, entrusted to the magic of Rashford.
Neither Vallejo neither Duarte they hit on the run to hunt down the skilled English battering ram, capable of taming a marvelous assist of Lindelöf. Did not pardon Rui Silva, proof that this team crushes space like nobody else. The security with which Granada played was suddenly broken, which was not carried away by the inertia of the 0-1. Unlike. Proud of having risen up so many times, he did not shrink in front of United, willing to look him in the face and bite him as much as he could.
Didn’t the box wobble Solskjaer, with From Gea as holder. Excellent. Sure. Not even crumbs left. He was hardly scared by a hit of Yangel Herrera to wood. The board brought Granada closer to the area of a United that stopped feeling as comfortable as at the beginning. Kenedy He took a couple of shots up his sleeve, both in the final sprint of a first half in which he realized the harsh reality: the Norwegian coach won the game against Diego Martinez.
In his favor, a yellow to McTominay, An A Shaw and another to Maguire That prevent them from being at Old Trafford next week. Three weight absences. Small relief for a Granada who, however, stayed dry at home. The worst news before traveling to Manchester. United, serious in the first leg, leave with a great result and with everything in their face. Especially after the recklessness of Eteki. A penalty he scored Bruno fernandes to put Granada in a bind. Although it has earned all the honors.
Rui Silva; Víctor Díaz, Vallejo, Duarte (Germán, 54 ‘), Neva (Foulquier, 74’); Yangel Herrera, Gonalons (Eteki, 86 ‘); Kenedy (Machis, 74 ‘), Montoro, Puertas; Soldier (Luis Suárez, 86 ‘)
Coach: Diego Martínez
Manchester United, 2
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw (Alex Telles, 45 ‘); McTominay, Pogba (Matic, 73 ‘); Greenwood (Van de Beek, 85 ‘), Bruno Fernandes, James; Rashford (Cavani, 65 ‘)
Coach: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Goals: 0-1, Rashford (30 ‘), 0-2, Bruno Fernandes (90’)
Referee: Artur Dias. He admonished Pogba (7 ‘), McTominay (40’), Shaw (42 ‘), Duarte (50’), Maguire (71 ‘), Matic (84’), Eteki (89 ‘)