The clothes of the League will jump the red devils in the quarterfinals of the Europa League and they are aware that a difficult test awaits them
Granada is preparing for the first game of the impatiently expected clash in the quarterfinals of the Europa League with Manchester United, and Jorge Molina says that the League team will not single out any Red Devil player for special treatment.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can boast of a number of potential match winners in his ranks, with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba becoming talisman figures, while it is obvious to see the attacking danger of Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford.
Molina believes Granada can contain Premier League heavyweights and lay a significant scalp, but admits it would be foolish to single out certain players if United could injure them from almost any part of the pitch.
What was said?
Molina said Goal confronting the Red Devils: “Manchester United are second in the Premier League after the mighty City. I think they have a very good season and we know it will be very difficult.
“They have players who are strong behind and then they have very fast players who go forward. They counter very quickly as we saw in the draw against Real [Sociedad], and they are fast and powerful.
“It’s a very complete team that’s hard to break and you have to be very concentrated so you don’t get hurt.
“They have a lot of top players and they are all very good. If you look at one, the other will hurt you.
“In the end, we have to be constantly focused and have everyone’s help so we can stop them.”
Can Granada be surprised by a surprise?
Diego Martinez is enjoying this phase of the European competition for the first time in his history, and the records will be rewritten in the unforgettable 2020-21 campaign.
Molina believes they can go even further, but admits they have undergone the toughest tests against United.
He added: “Well, we got the most complicated draw, the title favorites. But that’s what everyone wants. Who would have thought we would play a quarter-final against Manchester United?
“They are a great Europe, a historical club, but we will play a draw with the belief that we can make progress. It will be difficult, but if we do things well, we will have a chance.”
Further pressure on how Granada would approach the meeting with the Red Devils, Molina said: “With respect, obviously, because if we didn’t, we would interfere with ourselves. But with the utmost enthusiasm and conviction that we can make progress.”
The bigger picture
Granada has already sent Napoli giants from Serie A from the Europa League this season.
They were sent off in the first round of knockouts, before beating Molde – Solskjaer’s former employer – in the last 16.
Their form has been a bit disappointing lately, with three consecutive defeats suffered in all competitions and only three wins from the last 14 outings.
However, they have impressed under pressure in Europe and continue to occupy a place in the top half of the League table.