An early goal from Edinson Cavani and a late own goal from Jesus Vallejo were enough to hand Manchester United a 2-0 victory over Granada in the second leg of their quarter-final tie in the Europa League and a 4-0 win on aggregate.
Of course, this is a massive step in the right direction for the Red Devils. While they might have come into the tie as the favourites, they still needed to get the job done and that is exactly what they did over the two legs.
Now, they must focus on getting through the semi-final, a hurdle that they have failed to overcome on multiple occasions under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Football is about ‘now’ though. And at this point of time, the manager must be delighted with his team’s performance as well as result.
Manchester United Player Ratings vs Granada
Here’s how we rated the Manchester United players on the night as they came out with a 2-0 victory over Granada to go through to the semi-final of the Europa League:
David de Gea – 7.5
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6
Axel Tuanzebe – 7
Victor Lindelof – 7.5
Alex Telles – 6.5
Fred – 7
Nemanja Matic – 6.5
Mason Greenwood – 6.5
Bruno Fernandes – 6.5
Paul Pogba – 8
Edinson Cavani – 7
Donny van de Beek – 6.5
Daniel James – 5.5
Juan Mata – 6.5
Brandon Williams – 5
Amad – 5
Manchester United have certainty shown some promising progress this season. But ultimately, a club of this magnitude will always be measured by trophies. And the reality is, they have not managed to win one ever since the arrival of Solskjaer as the manager.
That could change in the near future though and the Europa League this season provides them a brilliant opportunity to do so, as they will be one of the favourites going into the final four.
The Red Devils will take on AS Roma in the semi-finals of the competition. In the other semi-final, Arsenal will face Villarreal.