Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not expecting an easy ride when his side take on Granada in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie at Old Trafford on Thursday (Match Result – Man United 9/20, Draw 18/5, Granada 13/2).
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes helped United to a 2-0 victory during last week’s first-leg in Spain and barring a surprise comeback, the Red Devils should book their place in the semi-finals.
Solskjaer is certainly expecting his side to deliver a victory on home soil, but he is wary of the threat Granada will pose and certainly will not be underestimating the team that currently sit eight in La Liga.
“You know, we’ve got a great foundation to play from and a good result but we go into this game wanting to win the game,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“We know that Granada will come here and give it everything they’ve got so we have to go out there, try to dominate the ball, score goals like we always want to do and keep carrying on.
“We’ve seen them against Barcelona and Real Madrid and seen how dangerous they have been. We have to play a very good game.”
United (11/10 to win Europa League) will be without suspended trio Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay for Thursday’s second-leg, although Rashford and fellow forward Daniel James could feature despite recent injury concerns.
With Sunday’s Premier League clash with Burnley also on the horizon, Solskjaer has confirmed he is likely to rotate his line-up for the European clash.
“We have to make sure that we get through,” the Norwegian added. “I always pick a team to win a game. There will be a few changes; some of them are forced and some of them are maybe rotation.”
The winner of Thursday’s tie will face either Ajax or Roma in the semi-finals, with the Italian side currently holding a 2-1 advantage heading into this week’s second-leg in Rome (Match Result – Roma 7/4, Draw 11/4, Ajax 7/5).