Manchester United draw Granada in the Europa League Quarterfinals; Meet Cinderella

Manchester United will face Granada in the Europa League Quarterfinals on April 8th and a week later on the 15th

Granada defeated Molde in the round of 16, (3-2) on aggregate. Granada did most of the work in the first leg 2-0 and were able to see off the Norwegian side despite losing on the day 2-1. 

Roberto Soldado volley from the first leg against Molde.

Granada qualified last season after being recently promoted from the Segunda division. Granada finished seventh in La Liga on their return season and made it to the Copa Del Rey Semifinals. 

The Europa League Cinderella’s are currently eighth in La Liga and might not be a one season wonder, they are a really well put together side.

Granada has a good base of Spanish players mixed with some South American studs, Venezuelan internationals Darwin Machis and Yangel Herrera have been great for Granada. 

Colombian Luis Suarez, not the biter, has seven goals and former Newcastle forward Kenedy has been nice this season with 4 goals, these South American players have been very important for Granada this season.

Jorge Molina a 38-year-old Spanish center forward leads the team with 10 goals in all competitions and is joined by another older Spanish forward in Roberto Soldado, the former Spurs man scored the pivotal away goal against Molde to help see them advance. 

Go to 6:53 on the video below for the Soldado header.

Granada does have the worst defense in La Liga, currently tied with bottom dwellers Huesca with 44 goals allowed. They also are 11th in La Liga in goals for with 33, they have similar stats to Crystal Palace.

Granada grinds out results when they can and can lose bad at times. They have lost more than they have won in the league, they are 10-6-11 in the league and 2-0-3 in their last five league games. 

The first leg will be hosted by Granada and they will try and give Manchester United everything they got. Manchester United should be happy with the draw, but they must be careful against a side who has defeated PSV and Napoli in the competition so far.

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