Harry Maguire.

Early team news for Granada second leg

Tuesday 13 April 2021 15:00

Manchester United will definitely be without three players for the Europa League quarter-final second leg with Granada at Old Trafford.

Yellow cards for Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay in the 2-0 victory in Spain mean all three must serve a one-game suspension.

With skipper Maguire a rare absentee, it means somebody else will be pulling on the armband.

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Alex Telles, who came on for Shaw in the first leg, is the natural replacement for Luke at left-back, while we await an update on Eric Bailly after his late return from international duty with Ivory Coast following a positive test for COVID-19. Axel Tuanzebe is a strong candidate to partner Victor Lindelof at the heart of the defence.

There are numerous options in midfield to replace McTominay as the Reds look to book a semi-final meeting with Roma or Ajax, following the Serie A side's 2-1 triumph in the first leg in Amsterdam.

The fact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a strong side for the home leg with Real Sociedad earlier in the competition, when holding a 4-0 lead, suggests it is unlikely he will make too many unforced changes to his line-up, with the ambition to lift the trophy next month burning bright within the squad.

Anthony Elanga was the latest youngster to be added to the Europa League squad and he could be in the frame again after scoring for the Under-23s in last Friday's clash with West Ham United.

David De Gea started in his homeland and kept a clean sheet, with Dean Henderson returning to action in the superb 3-1 success at Tottenham.

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Ole revealed Daniel James was unavailable for the Spurs game due to injury, while Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford have also been nursing niggles.

United have a home fixture with Burnley on the horizon, on Sunday afternoon, before the rare luxury of a free midweek ahead of the long-awaited trip across the Pennines to Leeds United.

However, the priority will be to get the job done against a team currently lying in eighth place in La Liga.

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GRANADA TEAM NEWS

The visitors will definitely be without Domingos Duarte, who not only picked up an injury and had to be replaced in the first leg but also collected a yellow card which means he is banned. Yan Brice Eteki is also sidelined through suspension.

Neydor Lozano and Luis Milla could be missing too, and there is a question mark over Alberto Soro's involvement.

Striker Roberto Soldado did not feature in the 2-1 win at Valladolid at the weekend.

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