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Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Granada

Manchester United’s road to the Europa League final becomes one step closer, having advanced to the semi-final of the tournament after beating Granada 2-0 tonight, 4-0 on aggregate. Having scored an early goal thanks to a brilliant finish from Edinson Cavani, the Red Devils played the game at cruise control, with it often looking like a training match. The game ended with Granada scoring an own-goal from Alex Telles’ cross.  The key point other than progressing through is some of United’s players getting valuable rest, such as Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 6.5/10


The Spanish international was a spectator pretty much the entire game bar the last few minutes where he made two decent saves. He did not have much to do really and was not really tested, however did well when called upon.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8/10


An very impressive performance from Wan-Bissaka, who had his side on lock from the Granada attackers. He made sure no one got through him, putting in many tackles and winning most of his duels. Granada tried pressing him at times, however to no avail, as Wan-Bissaka always ended up breaking out of their press. He linked up well with the midfield and attack as well.

Axel Tuanzebe – 7.5/10

Tuanzebe did not make United feel the captain Maguire’s absence felt, with his return to the lineup being an excellent game. He put in a dominant performance, making sure he won his duels and not letting players getting the better of him. He was very calm in what he did, and his distribution was neat as well. A very good 90 mins for Tuanzebe to build up on and gain confidence from.

Victor Lindelof – 6/10

Being the senior centre-back tonight in Harry Maguire’s absence, Lindelof had a fairly quiet night, having not had much to deal with. His commanded the backline well, and was seen shouting instructions to the other defenders. Calm as usual from the iceman.

Alex Telles – 7/10

The Brazilian was directly involved in both of United’s goal, due to his fantastic crosses. Telles was constantly looking for space throughout the game, in order to put crosses in the box. This paid off for the Brazilian. Defensively, he was pretty assured and did not really have much to deal with. A good performance from the Brazilian left back.

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Midfielders

Fred – 6/10

A fairly standard game from the Brazilian. He was his usual energetic self being all over the pitch and pressing tirelessly. He was certainly a nuisance to deal with for the Granada players. His distribution was tidy as well. Overall a solid game.

Nemanja Matic – 7.5/10

Matic was a proper enforcer in the midfield, stopping multiple Granada attacks, and made sure everything was under control in the centre of the pitch. His distribution was on point as well, with him playing some nice long passes, one of them being a beautiful long ball to Fernandes. He always made himself available for his teammates to pass to.

Bruno Fernandes – 7/10

Fernandes was often the glue between United’s midfield and attacked, having linked play constantly. He could have ended the night with a goal and an assist, having almost scored superb first-time volley, and Cavani missing an header from Fernandes’ cross. His pressing also disrupted Granada from building up attacks. A decent game by the Portuguese.

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Attackers

Paul Pogba (C) – 6.5/10

Having being subbed off at half time in order to give him rest and prevent him from getting a second yellow, Pogba did his bit by getting the crucial assist for Cavani’s goal. He played with a positive intent, always looking to beat his man, move the ball forward and did so often. Had some clumsy moments and was on the risk of getting a second yellow, but he kept his cool and avoided doing so.

Mason Greenwood – 5.5/10

Not the youngster’s best performance, who arguably should’ve scored from what was an open header with plenty of time and space for him to execute it. He lost his footing a few times throughout the game, which often led to him losing the ball. Did make some nice darting runs from the right, before being moved upfront after Cavani’s substitution.

Edinson Cavani – 6.5/10

Cavani scored a fantastic first time volley with his weaker foot, however he could have ended the night with multiple goal contributions, having scuffed easy passes and a header from Bruno Fernandes’ cross. He was a focal point upfront, and he made his presence felt, with Granada not being able to handle his movement. Subbed off at the 59th minute to get some rest.

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Substitutes

Donny van de Beek – 6.5/10


Finally getting some game time, being subbed on for Pogba at the start of the second half, he put in a solid performance. His movement and runs in the final third was ever present, and he should have ended the night with an assist, with Greenwood missing an easy header after being put the ball on a plate thanks to van de Beek’s cross.

Daniel James – 5.5/10

Subbed on for Cavani in the 60th minute, the Welsh winger did not really do much. He worked hard and helped the defence whenever he could, and did make a run or two, but other than that, James did not do much of note.

Juan Mata – 6.5/10

Coming on in the 72th minute for Bruno Fernandes, it was great to see Mata on the pitch after everything he has been through. He was his usual tidy self, having also played a part in United’s second goal.

Brandon Williams – N/A

Subbed on in the 82nd minute, Williams did not do much to warrant a rating.

Amad Diallo – N/A

Also subbed on in the 82nd minute, Amad had a chance to score, with his run ultimately being intercepted by Victor Diaz. Did not do anything of note other than that.

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