Manchester United are favourites to beat Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals.

United have to get the team selection right for the first leg, and while the back four picks itself at present, there are other areas which have questions.

Here is a look at five decisions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to consider…

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Who starts in goal?

Dean Henderson is Manchester United’s first choice Premier League goalkeeper now.

So does that mean David de Gea will take over in the Europa League?

A return to Spain could be an ideal way for De Gea to get his gloves back on, and also boost his Euro 2021 starter hopes.

If Solskjaer goes with Henderson again, then De Gea’s prospects for the rest of the campaign look bleak.

Mason Greenwood or Edinson Cavani?

Edinson Cavani’s performance against Brighton was disappointing, just like his previous games against West Brom and Crystal Palace.

Mason Greenwood meanwhile stepped up to score the winner after Cavani went off.

With United facing Granada and then Tottenham in two away games in four days, Cavani is only likely to start one.

Greenwood could get the chance to lead the line in this one, and after his winner against Brighton, he deserves it.

Who replaces Marcus Rashford?

Marcus Rashford suffered an injury against Brighton, after just returning from an ankle knock which kept him out of the England games.


Pushing him back too soon could be a mistake, and United should look at alternatives.

The most obvious is to utilise Dan James, with Amad a wildcard option.

Perhaps most likely is Paul Pogba filling in wide left, as he did in his matchwinning turn away to AC Milan.

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Is there a spot for Donny van de Beek?

The probable answer here is ‘no’, but Solskjaer may be tempted to give Van de Beek game time due to his experience in European competitions.

The Dutchman could fill in for Bruno Fernandes, who could be saved for the final half hour, while picking up a bit of rest with a view to the Spurs game at the weekend.

There is still a second leg at Old Trafford to play, and so resting Fernandes could be more tempting here.

As an alternative, United could try and play Van de Beek in a wide role in Rashford’s absence, even though it would not be a natural fit.

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Midfield selection ahead of Spurs clash

Solskjaer would ideally try to balance the squad to ensure the same two midfielders do not start this game, and the Tottenham match.

Fred and Scott McTominay will probably get the call for Sunday’s game. Do they both get the nod here?

This may depend on whether Pogba is used in a wide role, to cover Rashford’s absence.

McTominay at least got a rest at the weekend apart from the final seven minutes, and he is likely to start this one.

Nemanja Matic is an option, but not a very good one after his recent performances.

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