Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed “distinctive” duo Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford after Manchester United moved into pole place to succeed in the Europa League semi-finals.
Rashford and Fernandes scored each targets in United’s 2-0 win at Granada, to present them two away targets and a powerful benefit heading into subsequent Thursday’s return leg at Outdated Trafford, the place the Spanish facet might want to rating a minimum of three targets to progress in 90 minutes.
The pair scored from their facet’s solely two photographs on track throughout the sport in Spain, towards a restricted however defensively resolute Granada facet, whereas additionally seeing 5 gamers booked – which means Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire will sit out subsequent week’s sport with suspension.
Talking after the sport, Solskjaer advised BT Sport: “[Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes] have been distinctive, so vital for us. It was an excellent run by Rashford, takes the ball fantastically. Bruno is so assured on penalties though the keeper nearly saved it.
“Bruno drives the staff, he drives himself. He is obtained such a starvation and enthusiasm to win and do effectively.
“I’ve performed in groups with so much stronger personalities than that, to be trustworthy. That is the best way for us to enhance, to take to the subsequent stage, is to demand increasingly and extra.
“Marcus scored a incredible aim from an incredible move by Victor, nice run, and nice ability to deliver the ball down like this. We have seen it a couple of instances earlier than like this, it is a top-top high quality aim.
“It was not an ideal evening. We obtained three yellow playing cards and three suspensions. 2-0 is excellent end result. We all know how tough it’s to come back to Spain. We have got to play effectively to get a end result.
⚽ Bruno Fernandes has scored his first aim in 6 apps, ending his longest scoreless run since becoming a member of Man Utd
He has 24 targets in all comps this season, probably the most in a single marketing campaign for Man Utd since Romelu Lukaku (27) in 2017-18 #UEL
— Sky Sports activities Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 8, 2021
“It was an vital aim, the second. A 1-0 lead, dropping three gamers, shouldn’t be a superb place to be in. I do not suppose we deserved 5 yellow playing cards, however that is occurred. We’re delighted with the end result, in fact.”
Fernandes’ aim, ending a six-game drought for the Portuguese midfielder, got here from the spot after he received himself a penalty within the ultimate minute of the sport following a foul by Granada midfielder Brice – who appeared to catch him within the face from a cross by Alex Telles – who himself had been launched after Shaw was taken off as a precaution.
“I have never seen the penalty,” Solskjaer advised his post-match press convention. “I’ve simply seen his eye when he got here off. He obtained hit, Mike Phelan mentioned he took one within the face and it was a transparent penalty, however I’ve not seen it.
“His eye is pink. To attain with only one eye open can be a ability! I needed to shield Luke Shaw, however suppose and hope he needs to be okay for the weekend.”