Manchester United planted one foot firmly in the Europa League semifinals as the visitors saw off a spirited Granada side to earn a hard-fought 2-0 victory in Spain.
Perceived as the minnows of the competition by many, the hosts played with the self-belief of a giant and were inches away from taking the lead when the impressive Yangel Herrera struck David De Gea’s left post.
But on a night full of screams from those on the pitch and on the touchline, it was a Marcus Rashford screamer that broke the deadlock at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes, as the winger raced onto Victor Lindelof’s punt over the top and spectacularly plucked the ball out of the air before stabbing beyond Rui Silva.
And just when it looked like the tie was hanging in the balance heading into stoppage time, Bruno Fernandes was deemed to have been fouled in the penalty area. The Portugal international picked himself up to squeeze his spot-kick past his compatriot to give United breathing room heading back to Old Trafford.
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