Manchester United will be looking to cruise into the next round of the Europa League when they host Granada on Thursday.
The Red Devils breezed past the Spaniards in the opening leg and will start the match at Old Trafford with a 2-0 win.
Much of the pre-game chatter has centred around Marcus Rashford’s availability. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been willing to risk his fitness in recent weeks as the English forward continues to battle a number of nigggles.
“I’ll have to give him as much time as possible – his foot is still a little bit sore, but fingers crossed,” said Solskjaer after Rashford missed Wednesday’s training with an ankle injury.
Captain Harry Maguire, in-form left back Luke Shaw and midfielder Scott McTominay are all suspended for the tie while Anthony Martial remains sidelined indefinitely.
Manchester United once again came from a deficit to win on the weekend as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in London. The win helps them continue their incredible away record.
Their feats on the road this season have been nothing short of remarkable but Solskjaer’s Devils have been a little less impressive at home. Fortunately, they have fared well in continental competition at home and are 16 games unbeaten.
Granada will likely recall former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado to the starting lineup after he missed their 2-1 win at Real Valladolid in league action.
On-loan Chelsea winger Kenedy is an injury doubt for the clash while Portuguese defender Domingos Duarte is suspended.
All eyes will be on Granada as they look to become the third Spanish side to eliminate United in the past three seasons (Sevilla in the 2017-18 Champions League last 16 and in last season’s Europa League semi-final and Barcelona in the 2018-19 Champions League quarter-final).
Manchester United will, on the other hand, be aiming to advance to the final four and make it 10 wins from 28 in home matches against teams visiting from Spain.
The match kicks off at 9pm.
The winner of this tie will face Ajax Amsterdam or Roma in the semi-finals.