Who was United's Man of the Match in Granada?

Thursday 08 April 2021 23:51

Manchester United head into the second leg of our Europa League quarter-final in a commanding position after our 2-0 victory over Granada on Thursday night.

That win came thanks to strikes from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes at Los Carmenes, which ensures we head back to Manchester with two vital away goals.

The first of the night was a superb effort from Rashford, who fastened on to Victor Lindelof's long ball from defence, before plucking it out of the air with aplomb, striding forward and then coolly slotting it past the hosts' helpless keeper Rui Silva.
Ole praises Lindelof after win in Granada Video

Ole praises Lindelof after win in Granada

Hear the boss's verdict on our vital first-leg win in Spain, and his praise for one Red in particular...

That outrageous opener looked set to be the only goal of the night as the clock ticked closer to full-time, before Fernandes won, and then converted, a late spot-kick.

However, it was at the back where United really impressed, during a stop-start encounter. In fact, after the game, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked who he thought was Man of the Match, the Norwegian was in no doubt.

“Yes, definitely, Victor [Lindelof],” he responded to a question from MUTV’s Stewart Gardner. “He kept us glued together. He was good on the ball, took command, and what a pass for the first goal!”
It seems that our supporters agree with Ole’s assessment and the United no.2 topped the post-match poll in our Official App.

The Swede earned 33 per cent of the vote, just edging out our two goalscorers, who finished second and third respectively.

Victor put in a superb performance in a United rearguard that kept a clean sheet away from home for the third time in Europe this season. His defensive highlight of the game came in the second period, when the defender shuffled across to narrow the crossing angle for Yangel Herrera, after he’d found some space down the Granada right flank.

The 26-year-old’s commanding display means he picked up Man of the Match for the second time this season; his first such award was at home to Chelsea in late October.

Victor Lindelof - 33 per cent
Bruno Fernandes - 27 per cent
Marcus Rashford - 19 per cent

Congratulations Victor, and thanks to everyone who voted.