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3 talking points from Manchester United’s comfortable victory over Granada

Manchester United have given themselves a real advantage before heading into the second leg of the quarterfinals, next week.

Manchester United claimed a 2-0 victory, over Granada in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals. More importantly, the Red Devils have an advantage of two away goals, before they head into the return fixture at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made three changes from the side that faced Brighton over the weekend. David de Gea returned to the starting lineup after missing a few games due to the birth of his child. He was on the bench on Sunday but was given the nod over Dean Henderson on Thursday.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the 31st minute after he made the most of Victor Lindelof‘s clipped past. The 23-year old controlled the ball perfectly and found the back of the net. Bruno Fernandes doubled the visitor’s advantage in the 90th minute after he dispatched a penalty. Rui Silva, Granada goalkeeper, could have done a better job to deny the Portuguese, as he got both his hands to the ball.

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Marcus Rashford has now scored in back-to-back games for the Red Devils. The Englishman scored a vital equalizer in United’s 2-1 victory over Brighton. He continued his good form and opened the scoring for his side on Thursday. This will be a huge confidence booster for the 23-year old, who did not manage to score a single goal in the month of March.

Moreover, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be relieved by Rashford’s recent form in front of goal, as the Red Devils look to end the season on a high. Anthony Martial has been ruled out of the season due to a knee injury, he picked up during the international break.

This means that the Englishman will have to play a pivotal part in his side’s attack for the rest of the season. The 23-year old scored his 20th goal of the season against Granada and will be hoping to add a few more goals to his tally before the end of the campaign.