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united through Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why he needed to replace Paul Pogba in Europa League win

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba gestures during the Europa League quarterfinal. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Manchester United's Paul Pogba gestures during the Europa League quarterfinal. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Manchester United's Paul Pogba gestures during the Europa League quarterfinal. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Paul Pogba left him with no choice other than to take him off at half-time as the Europa League favourites eased into the semi-finals with a 4-0 aggregate win against Grenada.

Edinson Cavani set United on course for a comfortable victor Solskjaer’s side reached the Europa League semi-finals for the second successive season.

Marcus Rashford’s fine goal and a late Bruno Fernandes penalty in Spain last week put the Red Devils in control of the quarter-final tie heading into Thursday’s reverse fixture at an empty Old Trafford.

United extinguished any hope of a remarkable Granada turnaround when veteran Cavani volleyed home in the sixth minute, with Jesus Vallejo’s late own goal wrapping up a 2-0 win on the night, 4-0 on aggregate.

Yet it was Solskjaer's decision to replace Pogba at half-time after his first half booking that providing a post-match talking point.

"Sometimes, Paul wants to win so much," said Solskjaer. "He went into a couple of tackles after his yellow card but I thought I don't want to risk that (being sent off) even though he played so well. We missed three today with suspensions. The season has been hard enough as it is.

"Granada do give you a game. It's a physical game, they throw people forward. You have to defend in these kind of games."

Pogba insisted he was comfortable with Solskjaer's decision, as he flirted with a second booking before he was taken off.

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Granada's Yangel Herrera REUTERS/David Klein

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Granada's Yangel Herrera REUTERS/David Klein

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Granada's Yangel Herrera REUTERS/David Klein

"Some tackles, a yellow card. I had to come off obviously," he confirmed.

"The yellow card was unfortunate. It wasn't a yellow card for me but you have to accept it. We won the game, that's the most important thing.

"I know the foul just after it, I saw all the players trying to get me out. It's better I come off before red card."

Roma now lie in wait for United in the last four, with Solskjaer looking to end his semi-final failures as United boss by reaching a final at the fifth attempt.

"I've not seen too much of them," admitted the United boss of a side currently sitting in seventh place in the Italian top flight.

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"I knew they played two good games against Ajax. They defend well, as Italian teams always do. We all know Edin Dzeko so every ball into the box is a dangerous one.

"We are looking forward to it. We're in the semis. It feels like a proper European tie because Roma is a club with lots of history. We've done well against Italian sides before. If we can finish the season with a trophy that'd be great."

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