UEFA Europa League: Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes give Manchester United one foot in semis | Soccer Information
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Granada within the Europa League quarter-final first leg to place their facet within the driving seat. In a recreation the place clear-cut probabilities had been sparse, the spotlight of a uninteresting opening quarter got here when a streaker someway managed to seek out his approach onto the pitch, regardless of crowds not being allowed to attend the match attributable to COVID-19 protocols.
Rashford’s objective simply previous the half hour was the sport’s standout piece of high quality. Victor Lindelof strode out of defence and his lengthy ball was completely weighted into the trail of the England ahead, who managed nicely earlier than coolly ending to place United forward and notch up his twentieth objective of the season in all competitions.
Granada fought for a approach again into what was billed as the most important match of their latest historical past, with Chelsea loanee Kenedy testing David de Gea from vary earlier than Yangel Herrera – on mortgage from Manchester Metropolis – hit the submit with a volley.
In a cagey second-half, Fernandes was denied from shut vary by a save from Portuguese countryman Rui Silva late on earlier than the midfielder netted United’s second with a stoppage-time penalty after being felled by substitute Yan Brice Eteki.
“It’s an enormous win. We knew it was going to be laborious coming right here,” United ahead Daniel James instructed BT Sport. “Marcus took his objective rather well and Bruno put his penalty away on the finish. We all the time knew it was going to be powerful. We needed to play our soccer, which is the place the primary objective got here from. Clearly the second objective offers us an excellent platform. As we speak’s a terrific win. We have to go into subsequent week with the identical perspective as at the moment.”
United will be without suspended club captain Harry Maguire, in addition to Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay for the return leg after the trio had been booked. The winners of the tie will face the victors in Ajax Amsterdam’s conflict with AS Roma wherein the Italians maintain a 2-1 lead from their first away leg which was additionally performed on Thursday (April 8).