Manchester United vs Granada preview, team news, stats, kick-off time


Team news, stats, kick-off time ahead of Manchester United vs Granada in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Team news

Marcus Rashford is a doubt for Manchester United against Granada. The 23-year-old overcame injury concerns to open the scoring in last week’s 2-0 first-leg win in Spain before being withdrawn in the 66th minute.

Rashford managed 72 minutes of Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League win at Tottenham but was absent from training on the eve of Thursday’s return fixture against Granada.

Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire are all banned for the return leg having been handed one-match suspensions for bookings picked up in Spain.


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says red banners at Old Trafford have hindered their home form this season with the club now changing them to black

Eric Bailly remains absent with Covid-19, with Anthony Martial and Phil Jones long-term absentees.

Granada will also be hit by suspensions, and will be without defender Domingos Duarte and Yan Eteki as a result of bookings in the home leg.

Luis Milla and Neyder Lozano will both remain sidelined.

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Ole: Banners hampered our home form

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the bizarre claim that red banners at Old Trafford have hampered his side’s home form this season.

West Ham's Jesse Lingard celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal (AP)


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United go into their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Granada on Thursday with a 2-0 lead, having won the first leg in Andalusia last week. That was United’s third win from three away from home in the Europa League, but they are yet to taste victory from two home matches in the competition this season.

“If you look at all the banners around the edge they are not red anymore,” Solskjaer said.

“We have looked into this, and there shouldn’t be any reason (why home form is worse) but some of the players have mentioned that, when making that split-second decision, to look to see if your team-mate is there or not, and the red shirt, on a red background, with red seats – we have of course tried to change that, along with the anti-racism campaign, that was important that wasn’t red too.

“When you have a 4-0 win away against Sociedad you don’t have to win at home, and the first game against Milan, we conceded in the last minute. I still think we have played some good football at home.

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“We started off badly with three defeats, Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal early on, but we have improved.”

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  • Manchester United won the first leg of a European tie away from home for the 22nd time – they have progressed from all 21 of their previous such ties.
  • Granada will be the 11th different Spanish side to play away to Manchester United in European competition. Spanish sides have lost on just one of their last 10 visits (W4 D5) to Old Trafford to face the Red Devils (Manchester United 1-0 Real Sociedad in October 2013).
  • After winning seven consecutive home matches in European competition, Manchester United are currently winless in three (D2 L1), their longest run since October 2018 (three games); they have never gone four such matches with a win.
  • Under the competition’s latest format (since 2009), only one has side progressed from a knockout tie having lost the first leg by at least two goals at home – Sevilla versus Real Betis in 2013-14 (Sevilla lost 2-0 at home, won 0-2 away and progressed via penalties).
  • Marcus Rashford has scored eight goals in 10 matches in European competition this season – excluding qualifiers, this is the most by a Manchester United player since Cristiano Ronaldo (eight goals) in 2007-08, while the last player to net more was Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002-03 (12).

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