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Europa League team news: How Manchester United could line up against Granada

The Red Devils have a two-goal advantage to hold on to as they look to make the semi-final stage of the competition

12:25pm on Wednesday 14th April 2021
James Shearman

Manchester United host Granada on Thursday in what should be a comfortable game for the Red Devils in their pursuit of Europa League glory.

Suspensions to Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay shouldn't cause much concern with adequate replacements on hand.

The team selection will, otherwise, be a strong one with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer choosing not to take risks. The Norwegian boss chose to play a full-strength team against Real Sociedad in the round-of-16 second-leg despite holding a 4-0 advantage.

David De Gea will play, having been demoted to second-choice goalkeeper recently, behind Englishman Dean Henderson.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will keep his place at right-back to avoid too much rotation in the backline.

The same applies to Victor Lindelof who will be the more experienced centre-back in the absence of Maguire. 23-year-old Axel Tuanzebe could make a return to the side with Eric Bailly a doubt for the game.

Alex Telles is the obvious replacement for the suspended Shaw.

It would come as a shock to many for Solskjaer to go away from his two holding midfielders, so expect Fred to be alongside the experienced Nemanja Matic with McTominay unavailable.

Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood had moments of brilliance against Tottenham on Sunday, meaning both could start as Marcus Rashford gets a well-earned rest.

Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani complete the attack, as both will try to put the game to bed early on so that substitutions can be made.

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