Manchester United have beaten Granada 2-0, with Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes scoring the goals.

Here is a look at five things we learned from the game…

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Rashford gamble pays off

There were a few eyebrows raised before kick-off when Marcus Rashford was named in the starting line-up.

Rashford went off injured against Brighton and missed Tuesday’s training session.

This was Rashford’s 60th Manchester United appearance in the last 12 months, and 47th of the season.

The gamble paid off, with Rashford latching onto a long pass from Victor Lindelof to score his 20th goal of the season, to put United 1-0 up.

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Amazing pass from Victor Lindelof

Who knew Victor Lindelof could pass like that? The Swede’s long ball for Rashford’s goal was one Bruno Fernandes would have been proud of.

The pass was described as ‘wonderful’ by Robbie Savage on BT Sport’s commentary.

It was Lindelof’s second assist of the season, just one fewer than Paul Pogba and one more than Fred.

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De Gea looked like he had not been away

David de Gea started his first game since the away draw with Chelsea, coming in for Dean Henderson.

The Spaniard did well, and looked like he had not been away.

It was a reminder of the quality he possesses, in his 435th total appearances for the club.

De Ge is likely to start the second leg against Granada at Old Trafford next week.

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Suspensions ahead

Alex Telles came off the bench at half-time with Manchester United resting Luke Shaw ahead of the weekend game with Spurs.

 

There was a little more behind the change. Shaw had been booked, and will be suspended for the second leg at Old Trafford.

This is where United’s strength in depth at the position comes in. Telles is a more than capable replacement and will relish his opportunity next week.

A suspension for Harry Maguire as a result of his yellow card, could be more problematic.

Eric Bailly is still in the Ivory Coast after a positive Covid test. So this could mean a start for Axel Tuanzebe, which would be his first since the defeat to Sheffield United in January.

Scott McTominay also picked up a booking, and he will also miss the second leg. Nemanja Matic or Fred will likely deputise.

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Job half done

Despite the result, it wasn’t a pretty performance. Granada were tenacious, fouling often, preventing United from getting into a rhythm.

Getting the away goals were crucial and United are in a strong position to go through to the semi-finals.

United still have a job to do at Old Trafford next week and there can’t be any complacency. The team will have to play better than this to have a comfortable night next week.

Fernandes scored a late penalty to double United’s lead. That was a relief because 1-0 felt like a bit of an underwhelming result. 2-0 puts us in a commanding position.

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