Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed “exceptional” 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 provide them two away targets and a robust benefit heading into subsequent Thursday’s return leg at Old 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 pictures on course 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.
Speaking after the sport, Solskjaer instructed BT Sport: “[Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes] have been exceptional, so important for us. It was a very good run by Rashford, takes the ball fantastically. Bruno is so confident on penalties even though the keeper almost saved it.
“Bruno drives the staff, he drives himself. He’s acquired such a starvation and enthusiasm to win and do nicely.
“I’ve performed in groups with rather a lot stronger personalities than that, to be sincere. That’s the best way for us to enhance, to take to the subsequent stage, is to demand extra and extra and extra.
“Marcus scored a improbable aim from an amazing cross by Victor, nice run, and nice talent to carry the ball down like this. We’ve seen it a number of instances earlier than like this, it is a top-top high quality aim.
“It was not an ideal evening. We acquired three yellow playing cards and three suspensions. 2-0 is superb consequence. We understand how troublesome it’s to return to Spain. We’ve acquired to play nicely to get a consequence.
⚽ 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 Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 8, 2021
“It was an important goal, the second. A 1-0 lead, losing three players, is not a good position to be in. I don’t think we deserved five yellow cards, but that’s happened. We’re delighted with the result, of course.”
Fernandes’ aim, ending a six-game drought for the Portuguese midfielder, got here from the spot after he gained himself a penalty within the closing 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 haven’t seen the penalty,” Solskjaer instructed his post-match press convention. “I’ve just seen his eye when he came off. He got hit, Mike Phelan said he took one in the face and it was a clear penalty, but I’ve not seen it.
“His eye is pink. To rating with only one eye open can also be a talent! I needed to shield Luke Shaw, however assume and hope he needs to be okay for the weekend.”