Granada vs Manchester United
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 8 April 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, Granada.
One of the greatest matches in Granada’s history will come in a tough moment for Nazaries. They will play host to Manchester United in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie on Thursday evening at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.
However, the spirits are not quite at the highest level in Granada’s dressing room as the team led by Diego Martinez suffered a demolishing 0-3 defeat to Villarreal on Saturday afternoon in La Liga.
Whilst the loss will by no means affect the team’s domestic ambitions, it could play a massive factor in terms of the players’ self-confidence here, especially if we know that Martinez has fielded his strongest line-up against El Submarino Amarillo.
The Red Devils will enter the tie in much higher spirits having completed a second-half comeback against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday evening at the Old Trafford.
Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s men thus made a massive step towards securing the top-four finish in the Premier League. They are now four points clear off the third-placed Leicester and as many as nine points above Chelsea in fourth.
Granada vs Manchester United Head-to-head
The two sides did not have the opportunity to take on each other in the past.
Granada vs Manchester United Prediction
Manchester United have pretty much everything on their side going into this tie. They have won this competition under Jose Mourinho in the 2016/17 season, and it is still their lone UEFA Europa League title.
Since the Red Devils are eliminated from both domestic cups and since they do not have a realistic chance of catching city rivals at the top of the Premier League standings in the remaining eight rounds, the continental competition represents their only opportunity for the trophy this season.
Granada have lost three on the spin going into this tie, a streak that includes a 2-1 defeat to Norwegian Molde in the reverse fixture of the last 16 round. Manchester United, on the other side, are unbeaten in ten straight Premier League outings. They did not concede more than one goal in the last five domestic league matches. They have also kept things tight at the back in the previous Europa League game against Milan (a 0-1 victory in Italy) and we can’t see them conceding a goal here. The away win to nil is the way to go.