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Roberto Soldado gunning to knock United out of Europa League

Granada host Manchester United within the Europa League quarter-finals this week, and their striker is a well-known face.

United followers will keep in mind 35-year-old Roberto Soldado from his underwhelming stint at Tottenham, however he has netted 10 occasions for the La Liga outfit this season and can be gunning to trigger issues for United’s centre-backs – prone to be Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Requested by revered Guardian journalist Sid Lowe if returning to Outdated Trafford with out followers is a bit ‘so what’, Soldado responded: “No, Outdated Trafford is the leche, the enterprise. However I inform you, I’d relatively be there with 80,000 folks.

“It’s an honour for us. It’s an honour to be on this competitors. Europe is one other dimension, everyone seems to be watching – particularly in a quarter-final in opposition to the crew we’re taking part in. A historic membership, recognized world wide. It’s historic for our metropolis and our membership. We is likely to be the small crew, ‘unknown’, however now we have an enormous membership’s ambition: that’s the mentality we have to knock out United. Our stress is to depart all the pieces on the market. If that’s sufficient, good. If not, nice, being right here is a big achievement. However there’s little doubt: the purpose is to win.”

Soldado was recruited by Spurs in 2013 after Gareth Bale’s swap to Actual Madrid.

Throughout his time in London, the Spaniard scored simply seven Premier League targets – in two seasons earlier than being bought.

Juan Mata was Soldado’s team-mate at Valencia however after failing to settle at Spurs he joined Villarreal and performed in the identical aspect as United defender Eric Bailly. The Ivorian received’t be out there for tomorrow night time’s sport after testing constructive for COVID-19.

Soldado has performed in opposition to United thrice in his profession – with Spurs and Valencia – shedding twice and being on the successful aspect as soon as, however he has by no means been on the scoreheet in opposition to the Reds.

When requested if he remembers that win with Spurs from 2013 on New 12 months’s Day, Soldado added: “It’s a tough one to overlook! As a result of I had been house alone on New 12 months’s Eve.”

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