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Manchester United: James could be crucial vs Granada on Thursday

Manchester United head into their UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg clash with Granada in an extremely comfortable position.

The Red Devils ran out 2-0 winners the last time the two teams came together at Los Cármenes, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes securing victory in Spain.

It goes without saying then that the visitors will need to attack in order to find a route back into the tie and this is where the inclusion of United wideman Daniel James could come into play.

The 23-year-old missed the Premier League victory against Tottenham Hotspur last time out but should certainly be included in the starting lineup this time around.

James is currently in the midst of his most productive season in front of goal having scored five times for the Red Devils in all competitions throughout the campaign.

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However, it’s in United’s defending where James might come in particularly handy against Granada.

With Diego Martinez’s troops expected to attack in order to find a foothold, this will see the United backline handed increased responsibility in keeping the ball out of the net.

With his pace though, the former Swansea City man could provide an extremely useful out-ball for the Red Devils on the right-flank, which could see United able to spring what could be lethal counter-attacks throughout the match.

Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself has suggested that James’ pace causes problems for opposition by stating that he is “hard to play against”.

Indeed, to combat this, Granada may be forced to sit deeper to defend against any counter-attacks that could be terminal in their chances of staging a memorable comeback and progressing to the semi-finals.

Will Manchester United progress past Granada?

Yes, they've got it in the bag.

Yes, they've got it in the bag.

No, they will be eliminated.

No, they will be eliminated.

As a consequence then, this would certainly relieve the pressure on the United backline and indeed open up more space in midfield for the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Considering his characteristics, James seems a perfect candidate to start for the Red Devils as they attempt to get even more comfortable in the Europa League.

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