Marcus Rashford scored his 20th objective of the season and Bruno Fernandes slotted a late penalty to place Manchester United in complete command of their Europa League quarter-final in opposition to Granada.
For the primary time in his profession, England striker Rashford made it 20 objectives in consecutive seasons as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males recorded a snug 2-Zero victory in opposition to their Spanish opponents on the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes stadium.
Rashford’s function in opposition to European debutants Granada had been unsure forward of the quarter-final first leg, however the ahead began and scored a tremendous opener added to by Fernandes’ late penalty in a 2-Zero win.
The 23-year-old limped out of Sunday’s win in opposition to Brighton on his return from the ankle grievance that dominated him out of England responsibility and Solskjaer chosen him on Thursday regardless of admitting the ahead was not absolutely match.
Rashford regarded in discomfort inside minutes of kick-off in Spain, however he dug deep and capped his vivid first-half efficiency by opening the scoring when giving Victor Lindelof’s excellent go the end it deserved.
The England ahead brilliantly managed the ball and slotted dwelling his 20th objective of the marketing campaign, changing into the primary United participant to achieve that tally in successive seasons since Wayne Rooney in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Rashford was changed within the 65th minute and Fernandes added one other away objective on the demise heading right into a second leg that Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire will miss via suspension.
Granada didn’t critically check recalled goalkeeper David De Gea on an evening when hordes of followers locked out of the sport as a substitute lined the streets hoping to encourage the LaLiga facet to a well-known outcome.
One particular person did get in, sans clothes, and disrupted the early phases of a tie that was not even 5 minutes outdated when Rashford was grimacing.
The 23-year-old was in a position to proceed and regarded United’s largest menace throughout a turgid opening interval, failing with a hopeful free-kick after which bending extensive of the highest right-hand nook.
Granada supplied simply as little as they appeared extra intent on retaining their defensive form, with Chelsea loanee Kenedy lashing over and ex-Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado hitting into the side-netting on uncommon assaults.
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The latter likelihood inadvertently led to United scoring, with De Gea enjoying the ball quick to Lindelof and watching the centre-back take the ball ahead earlier than sending a beautiful ball over the Granada backline.
Rashford made an ideal run and expertly managed the go, then continued to point out energy and composure beneath strain to fit dwelling a tremendous 31st-minute effort.
That opening objective appeared to awaken Granada, who ended the primary half within the ascendancy.
Yangel Herrera, on mortgage from Manchester City, hit the submit with a cross-shot from a quickly-taken free-kick, with Soldado and Kenedy additionally having alternatives.
McTominay and Shaw picked up bookings that rule them out of the second leg earlier than the break, with the latter changed by Alex Telles when the groups re-emerged.
De Gea dealt effectively with a fizzing half volley from Kenedy within the opening minutes of the second half, however United regarded in management and Maguire was given area to dart forwards and flash an effort extensive.
Paul Pogba headed off beam earlier than Edinson Cavani changed goalscorer Rashford within the 65th minutes, with the veteran failing to learn an outstanding cross from the left by Telles quickly after.
Recalled De Gea needed to take care of one other thumping Kenedy strike because the guests continued to maintain Granada at bay, though Maguire was angered when booked for fouling Soldado.
Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva produced an ideal save to disclaim Fernandes unaware that the playmaker had strayed offside, with Nemanja Matic choosing up United’s fifth reserving of the evening.
Whereas the officiousness of Artur Dias irked United for probably the most half on the Estadio Municipal Nuevo Los Carmenes, the referee helped the guests wrap up victory – and maybe progress – on the demise.
Substitute Yan Brice was adjudged to have fouled Fernandes when a cross got here in and the playmaker stepped up for the ensuing spot-kick, which he simply squeezed dwelling within the 90th minute as Silva one way or the other didn’t hold it out.