Man United Team News vs Granada (UEL): Martial, Rashford, Bailly

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Manchester United are heavily favored to win the UEFA Europa League competition, and if they fulfill those expectations, it will mark the very first trophy of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era. The next step on that journey is a trip to lovely and historic Granada, in the Andalucia province of Spain.

They’ll take on Granada FC, a 90-year-old club playing European football for the first time this season, in the first leg of their two-legged-tie on Thursday night.

Manchester United at Granada UEL Quarterfinal Leg 1/2 FYIs

Kickoff: Thurs April 8, 8pm, Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes

United Starting XI Prediction: go here

Referee: Artur Dias, VAR: Joao Pinheiro

TV: BT Sport 2

Odds:  United win -170    Draw  +280     Granada win +500

UEL Outright Odds:  United -165   Granada +2900

Team News

Frenchman forward Anthony Martial could miss the remainder of the season after picking up a sprained knee during the international break that just passed. There is another potential injury issue in attack, with Marcus Rashford coming off 15 minutes early against Brighton, due to an unspecified knock.

Rashford has played through a lot of pain this season, playing on despite numerous injury issues.

He’s a doubt here. Elsewhere Eric Bailly continues to isolate after having returned a positive test for COVID-19. Meanwhile Juan Mata remains away on personal leave.

Switching over to Granada, Luis Milla and Luis Suarez are unavailable for selection, due to muscular injuries. Meanwhile fullback Quini is ineligible for this one.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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