How Manchester United could line up against Granada

How Manchester United could line up against Granada

Manchester United will be without three players for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie against Granada on Thursday.

Due to an accumulation of bookings, both defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw will miss the contest, while Scott McTominay was cautioned for the third time in the tournament in last week's 2-0 victory.

Alex Telles has recovered from illness to step in at left-back for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Axel Tuanzebe can fill the defensive gap left by Maguire while Eric Bailly (coronavirus) and Phil Jones (knee) are still out.

In McTominay's absence, veteran Nemanja Matic is expected to return to the engine room, and his partner Fred ended a Premier League scoring drought that dated back to September 2018 against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

With Matic in charge of the engine room, Paul Pogba will almost certainly start on the left side of the attacking quartet, particularly with Daniel James doubtful and Marcus Rashford in need of rest.

With Anthony Martial set to be out for the remainder of the season, Edinson Cavani is likely to continue up top, with Solskjaer stating that the club is fighting hard to keep him on the books for the new campaign.

Mason Greenwood, who came off the bench to score in the Red Devils' 3-1 win over Spurs at the weekend, should secure a spot in the starting XI this week, but Amad Diallo and Donny van de Beek will have to wait their turn.

In the Premier League, Dean Henderson appears to have established himself as Solskjaer's number one, so David de Gea should be recalled for Thursday's match.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Telles; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani

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