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Manchester United breeze through Europa League quarters after 4-0 aggregate win over Granada

Manchester United qualified to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals on aggregate after they emerged 2-0 winners against Granada in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.

An Edinson Cavani strike and a Jesus Vallejo own goal confirmed qualification for Man Utd at Old Trafford, progressing to the next stage of the competition after a 2-0 away win last week.

Edinson Cavani broke the deadlock as early as in the 6th minute of the game when Alex Telles floated a cross in from the left flank for Pogba to guide it to an unmarked Cavani. The Uruguayan took the ball out of the air on his left foot and found the bottom right corner of the net to score his first goal for Man Utd in Europe.

Manchester United went three clear of their opponents on aggregate, and the tie was killed off early on just as would have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted it to be.

United dominated proceedings and were the better side on the night, creating better chances and constantly proving to be a threat to the Spanish opposition. Their dominance shone through when Jesus Vallejo turned the ball into his own net in the 90th minute, as the home side wrapped up the tie.

Alex Telles started the move for the second goal on the night as well, as he pushed forward down the left flank and delivered a cross into the box that was glanced by Juan Mata towards the target.

Mata’s glancing header struck Vallejo on the way, as the deflection took the ball inside the right post, past the ‘keeper and into the back of the net.

United will now face AS Roma in their semi-final clash, as head coach Solskjaer will look to finally secure his first major silverware as the Manchester United head coach.

Cavani’s goal

Post-match interview – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Post-match interview – Bruno Fernandes

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By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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