Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at Granada (Europa League)

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Manchester United midfield maestro and Portugese magnifico Bruno Fernandes says that his club is made for trophies. Well, not so much recently, although their tradition for winning silverware is certainly unmatched in England.

The UEFA Europa League provides the only opportunity for winning one this season, and to get there they’ll first have to beat Granada FC in the quarterfinals. Leg one of two is in Andalucia on Thursday night. United are heavily favored to win both this match and the tournament overall.

Manchester United at Granada UEL Quarterfinal FYIs

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

Team News for Both Sides: 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

Between this season and last, United have reached three tournament semifinals, but lost all of them. Their last trophy was in the Jose Mourinho era.

“We can’t think of anything else at this club,” said Fernandes.

“United is made for trophies and the whole mood is around that. We reached the semis {of the League Cup] and lost to City, but that’s not enough,” Fernandes said. “That wasn’t our time. We need to be in finals and win them.”

Look for Bruno to get a first team assignment in this one, where he’ll be joined by David de Gea, who will be playing in his home country. It seems the roles have been reversed now, Dean Henderson has become the first choice goalkeeper, while David de Gea is the cup competition keeper now.

Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at Granada (Europa League)

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Cavani

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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