Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the “exceptional” duo Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford after Manchester United moved to pole position to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Rashford and Fernandes scored both goals in United’s 2-0 win at Granada, to give them two away goals and a solid advantage ahead of next Thursday’s second leg at Old Trafford, where the Spanish side will have to. score at least three goals to progress. 90 minutes.
The pair scored on their side’s only two shots on target throughout the game in Spain, against a limited but defensively resolute side of Granada, while also seeing five reserved players – meaning Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire will be absent from next week’s game with suspension. .
Speaking after the match, Solskjaer said BT Sport: “[Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes] were exceptional, so important to us. It was a very good run from Rashford, takes the ball wonderfully. Bruno is so confident on penalties even though the keeper almost saved him.
“Bruno drives the team, he drives himself. He is so eager and enthusiastic about winning and doing well.
“I’ve played in teams with much stronger personalities than that, to be honest. It’s the way for us to improve, to level up, to demand more and more.
“Marcus scored a fantastic goal on a great pass from Victor, a great run and great skill to drop the ball like that. We’ve seen it many times before like this, it’s a goal of the highest quality. . “
“It wasn’t a perfect night. We had three yellow cards and three suspensions. 2-0 is a very good result. We know how difficult it is to come to Spain. We have to play well to get a result.
“It was an important goal, the second. A 1-0 lead, losing three players is not a good position to be. I don’t think we deserved five yellow cards, but it happened. We are delighted with the result. The result, of course. “
Fernandes’ goal, ending a six-game drought for the Portuguese midfielder, came from the spot after winning a penalty kick in the last minute of the game following a foul by the midfielder of Grenade Brice – who appeared to grab him in the face of a crusader by Alex Telles – who himself had been introduced after Shaw was kidnapped as a precaution.
“I didn’t see the penalty,” Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference. “I just saw his eye when it came out. It got hit, Mike Phelan said he got one in the face and it was a clear penalty, but I didn’t see it.
“His eye is red. Scoring with only one eye open is also a skill! I had to protect Luke Shaw, but I think and hope he should be fine for the weekend.”