UEFA Europa League Quarterfinal, Granada vs Manchester United: Manchester United secured a 2-0 away victory against Granada in the 1st leg of the Round of 16.
Manchester United dominated the early stages but neither side produced any moments of quality before Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock, latching on to Victor Lindelöf’s raking pass before prodding his finish past Rui Silva.
That jolted Granada into action with Yangel Herrera hammering an effort against the post and Roberto Soldado dragging a chance wide.
Europa League Quarterfinal Granada vs Manchester United: Penalty
The home side was more adventuresome after the interval but United held firm and delivered a telling blow in the dying seconds when Bruno Fernandes was fouled by substitute Yan Brice, the Portuguese dusting himself down to squeeze his penalty past Rui Silva.
Rashford vindicated Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision to start the forward with a superb touch and finish for United’s opener, while Bruno Fernandes’s late spot-kick surely gives the Red Devils an insurmountable lead going into next week’s return leg.
United rarely looked like running riot in a game that lacked rhythm and urgency, but it is hard to see a way back for Granada at Old Trafford.
Europa League Quarterfinal Granada vs Manchester United: Up next for both teams
Both teams are back in action on Sunday evening when Granada is away to Valladolid and United travel to London to face José Mourinho’s Tottenham. The second leg then takes place on Thursday, with Ajax or Roma awaiting the victors in the semi-finals.