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Manchester United will face Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals. Paul Pogba’s heroic second-half performance at the San Siro decided a tightly-contested last-16 tie between United and AC Milan. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows any team to come this far in the competition deserves a lot of credit and highlights the Nazaries as a side to be wary of.
“Well, it is another difficult tie, of course,” the Norwegian told the club’s official website. “They have done well in La Liga and we know we are up against a team that will be technically very good and tactically very good.
“They beat Molde, so they must be very good! It is the first time they [Granada] are in Europe and, of course, it is a new experience for them and hopefully we can end it here. They are a good side and we know that. As I said, technically the Spanish teams are so good and we have got to be so good defensively to win the ball off them.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer fired a dig at Jose Mourinho earlier this week when he claimed to have made more progress at the club than the Portuguese manager did. After the match with AC Milan, forward Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who was Mourinho’s star man at Old Trafford, sided with his former boss.
“I think it’s better [winning a trophy], it looks better, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t win nothing,” he said. “I think it was better than mine, but I won trophies, that’s the big difference.”
But, alongside the Europa League fuse, Manchester United fired another shot. As the club has signed the biggest shirt sponsorship deal in Premier League history after agreeing on a five-year deal with little-known tech firm TeamViewer starting from next season.
The remote software company will replace car manufacturers Chevrolet, who have been the principal shirt sponsor since 2014, with the new contract worth around £47million across five seasons – meaning the total value of the deal comes to a massive £235m.