Manchester United vs. Grenada Preview: Team news, ones to watch, predicted line ups, kick-off time and how to watch
GRANADA, SPAIN - APRIL 8: (L-R) Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United, Edinson Cavani of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League match between Granada v Manchester United at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on April 8, 2021 in Granada Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Manchester United welcome Grenada to Old Trafford on Thursday for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie, knowing that a place in the next round is theirs should they avoid an almighty capitulation. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side know that they need to avoid defeat by two or more goals to ensure they faced either Roma or Ajax in the competition's penultimate round. 

United will be hoping to maintain their great form of late, having lost just one of their last 18 games in all competitions. 

Team News 

Yellow cards for both Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire in the reverse fixture mean the pair will be suspended for the second leg, with a temporary captain yet to be decided. 

Alex Telles seems the most natural of replacements for Shaw, who has been arguably United’s most influential player thus far, while it remains to be seen whether Eric Bailly  will be given the all clear for the game following his recent battle with COVID. 

Scott McTominay is also suspended for the game, with Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek both in contention to return to the lineup. 

Youngster Anthony Elanga is likely to travel with the squad again and build on the match day experience he gained in Spain last week. 

Finally, David De Gea is likely to see a return to the number one position with Dean Henderson seemingly being preferred in league matches recently. 

The visitors will definitely be without Domingos Duarte, who not only picked up an injury and had to be replaced in the first leg but also collected a yellow card which means he is banned. Yan Brice Eteki is also sidelined through suspension. 

Neydor Lozano and Luis Milla could be missing too, and there is a question mark over Alberto Soro's involvement. 

Striker Roberto Soldado did not feature in the 2-1 win at Valladolid at the weekend. 

Predicted Lineups 

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Telles, Fred, Pogba, Mata, Van de Beek, James, Greenwood 

Granada XI: Silva; Foulquier, Sanchez, Vallejo, Neva; Herrera, Gonalons; Puertas, Montoro, Kennedy; Soldado 

Player to watch  


In what was, with all due respect, a timid performance from Grenada in the first leg, Kennedy offered a fleeting glimpse of why the Spanish club had reached this stage of the competition.  

The former Chelsea and Newcastle United man was direct and fearless going forward, with his incisive dribbling and willingness to shoot from seemingly anyway causing United problems on occasion. 

His work rate in the first leg was also commendable, most notably as he raced back from his attacking position to execute a perfectly timed challenge to prevent breaking away down the line. 

If Granada have any chance of qualifying, they’ll need another dogged performance from their Brazilian star again on Thursday. 

How to Watch 

The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport, with coverage starting at 19:15 BST, with kick off at 20:00 BST.