After  the long international break in March, club football returned over the weekend in all of Europe big leagues. In that order, the European club football competitions also resumed in mid-week with the UEFA Champions League kicking starting it Quarter Final berths.

In a similar fashion, UEFA Europa League Quarter Final fixtures will begin on Thursday, 8th April, 2021 as Granada welcome Manchester United to Spain at 7:00 GMT, 8:00pm Nigerian time.

The Spanish club's fairytale debut season in European club football competition continues as they’ve already defeated teams from eight different countries in the Europa League this season and are now in chance to make it nine as they take on Manchester United. However, their recent form of three consecutive loss coming into this game is of serious concern.

The Nazaries have a good home record going into this encounter as they have lost just once in their last five games on home turf (W4) – forming part of their ten game run in which the first team to spill the first blood go on to take the day in regular time. Eventual winners of the Spanish club last four UEL home games have had to go into the break with a half time lead. It’s clear, a good start may be the only way for outsiders, Granada to continue their fairytale European campaign.

That being said, they face a Manchester United side that refuses to throw in the towel, and that has won 25 points from losing positions this Premier League Season – nine more than any other club after their 2-1 come back win at the weekend. However, in the Europa League, they’ve been more cohesive at the back, mustering three clean sheets from their last four knockout games this season.

The Red Devils are known for their abundance European pedigree and have scored in every Europa League knockout games they’ve played outside England. They’ve shut out opponents in five of their last six previous games as visitors.

On injury front, Granada have a lengthy injury list with the likes of Dimitri Foulquier, Neyder Lozano, Luis Milla all suffering from knee injuries, while Alberto Soro and Charris Suarez are also out due to a muscle sprain. 

For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he will be without Frenchman, Anthony Martial who has been reported will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury alongside Eric Bailly and Phill Jones who are suffering from different ankle problems; all trio will miss the Red Devils trip to Spain.

Portuguese Artur Dias Soares will be the man in the middle as Granada host Man United for the first time at Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium.

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