Manchester United eased to a 2-0 Europa League quarter-final first-leg advantage over Granada on Thursday.
Marcus Rashford’s fine first-half goal gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men the edge over the Spaniards and it was added to late on by a Bruno Fernandes penalty. In truth, they never looked likely to have a glove laid on them by their opponents.
It leaves the Red Devils well placed to secure a semi-final against Ajax or Roma.
Here’s are the winners and losers on the night.
✔️ Marcus Rashford: 7.1
The match winner with a goal of quite brilliant quality. An excellent run from the left flank was surpassed even by a long pass from Victor Lindelof. Rashford still had much work to do but took a brilliant first touch and finished in fine style.
Was not regularly involved, but his contribution in front of goal was ample reason for recognition.
❌ Mason Greenwood: 5.9
It certainly was not all good for Manchester United going forward. Indeed, in an attacking sense they were rather limited, with few opportunities created over the course of the match.
Greenwood had an unimpressive match in attack, struggling to get involved and offering little direct threat on goal. Ultimately replaced by Edinson Cavani.
⭐ Victor Lindelof: 789
It was a complete defensive display from Manchester United in Spain, with each member of the back four winning their individual battle by some distance. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were especially strong through the centre, it was Lindelof who caught the eye with a long pass forward.
Given time on the ball, and spotting the Granada defence was not dropping off, he played a low-percentage, long straight pass on a sixpence for Rashford, who did the rest.