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Manchester United did the hard work last week at Old Trafford and now simply need to finish the job off against Roma this evening.
The Red Devils came from 2-1 down to trounce their Italian opponents 6-2 seven days ago and will take great confidence into the Europa League semi-final second leg.
Hot off the heels of announcing former Man Utd man Jose Mourinho as their next manager, Roma are a struggling side who sit seventh in Serie A.
If there is no such thing as a sure thing in football then Manchester United reaching the Europa League final is about as near as it gets. Four goals up after an emphatic comeback in their first leg at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are protecting a 6-2 first leg lead in Rome against an opponent whose form has been woeful in recent weeks.
Indeed so deep are the depths that Roma have plumbed of late that they have already made plans for a new manager next season, confirming yesterday that Jose Mourinho will replace Paulo Fonseca in the summer. The Giallorossi have a rich history of European comebacks having beaten Barcelona 3-0 in the 2018 Champions League quarter-finals but this may well be one task that is beyond them.
Manchester United appear to have firmly ended their semi-final hoodoo as they take on AS Roma in the second leg of their Europa League tie this evening.
A remarkable 6-2 first-leg win at Old Trafford has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Co. all but confirmed for the final in Gdansk, where they will face Arsenal or Villarreal, but the head coach will hope his players are not distracted despite the heavy advantage.
The build-up to the game, United’s biggest of the season, has been dominated by the fallout from the fan protest against the Glazer family before Sunday’s visit of Liverpool. A number of supporters forced their way into Old Trafford to prompt the postponement of the game.
Last week's crushing success at Old Trafford sees Manchester United with one foot in the final, as they visit downtrodden Roma in their Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday.
The two clubs convene at Stadio Olimpico having prepared in far from ideal circumstances, as United saw their weekend game called off amid chaotic scenes and the hosts slumped to a third successive defeat - leading to their manager's departure.
After an unconvincing first-half performance last Thursday, both Bruno Fernandes and evergreen frontman Edinson Cavani (now on 50 goals in European competition) bagged braces as Manchester United came from behind to destroy Roma and effectively seal their place in the Europa League final.
Though the final 6-2 scoreline did not equal United's infamous 7-1 Champions League thrashing of the same opponents back in 2007 - a game in which current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a substitute - the margin of victory was as impressive as their second-half display.
Should they get across the line in Rome this week, Solskjaer will be relieved to break a run of four successive semi-final defeats during his relatively brief reign - including last season's one-off tie with Sevilla. Undoubtedly, the Red Devils are now firm favourites to lift their first trophy since 2017's final success under incoming Roma manager Jose Mourinho - with only Villarreal or Arsenal left standing in their way.
Following the controversy arising from trying to break away from the current structures of European football a fortnight ago, further fan unrest resulted in United's long-awaited Premier League game versus Liverpool being postponed on Sunday afternoon - after over 200 fans broke into Old Trafford, protesting against the Glazer family's ownership of the club.
However, despite the disruption, Solskjaer's men will now have essentially enjoyed a full week's break between home and away ties, so integral players such as the inspirational Fernandes - who has registered a remarkable 19 goals from 31 previous Europa League outings - should be fully fit and firing in the Eternal City.
With a four-goal deficit to make up on Thursday - an improbable ask at the best of times - tailspinning Roma approach their forbidding task deep in the midst of their worst form of the season and with their leader forced to make a premature exit from the club.
Since the Europa League's return in February, Italy's last side standing in Europe have hit a severe domestic downturn - with last Sunday's 2-0 reverse at mid-table Sampdoria following on from a 3-2 defeat against relegation battlers Cagliari. Coming after previously losing to Torino - another team at the wrong end of Serie A - embattled coach Paulo Fonseca had apparently gone all-in on going all the way in Europe.
How events unfolded in Manchester last week means that such plans to save their season have backfired spectacularly, with Fonseca's exit being confirmed earlier this week, as former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho now waits in the wings.
Earlier this week, defender Gianluca Mancini admitted that Roma deserved to lose both of their last two games and issued an apology to the club's fans - who saw dreams of a first European final in 30 years dashed in the space of 45 chaotic minutes.
The Italy international also noted that missing several first-team players of late has played a part in Roma's demise - in fact, they became the first team ever to make three substitutions in the first half of a Europa League game, following a succession of injuries at Old Trafford.
After their trip to Theatre of Dreams resulted only in nightmares, the Giallorossi's weekend loss also meant that they have now won just one of their last nine league matches on the road. Fortunately, Roma have fared much better at the Olimpico - they rank fourth in Serie A at home, compared to 12th away - so some hope of redemption remains.
Primarily, though, their aim will be to restore some pride, after becoming the first Italian side to ship six goals in a continental semi-final.
Following a 6-2 victory in the first leg at Old Trafford, Manchester United already has one foot in the Europa League final, but United may still be wary of a Roma side that turned around a 4-1 Champions League deficit against Barcelona just three years ago.
Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani each scored two goals for United in the first leg semifinal at Old Trafford last week after Roma jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first 33 minutes.
The Red Devils used a five-goal second half to bury the Italian side, which could not make any second-half substitutions after sustaining three injuries to players in the first half.
This game is all that is left of their season, so they will undoubtedly give it everything to try and turn the huge deficit around.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have his eye on a first trophy for the club, so his side will not take this one lightly.
How can I watch?
It will be shown live on BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage getting underway from 7:15pm. The match is also available to stream for its customers on the BT Sport app and website.
What is the team news?
Phil Jones and Anthony Martial were the only members of Solskjaer’s squad unavailable for the Liverpool match last weekend which ended up being postponed.
There are no other injury concerns for the Red Devils, so they should be able to field a full strength team.
Meanwhile, Roma suffered three first half casualties in the first leg last week, losing keeper Pau Lopez, Jordan Veretout and Leonardo Spinazzola.
And Lopez is out for the remainder of the season, while Veretout aand Spinazzola also doubtful for the second leg.
Adding to their apparently unending injury woes, Roma have confirmed that first-choice goalkeeper Pau Lopez will miss the remainder of the season, as he requires shoulder surgery after being forced off in the first leg. Though third-choice Daniel Fuzato was given a rare run out at the weekend, veteran stopper Antonio Mirante was Lopez's replacement that night and is expected to start at the Olimpico.
Former coach Paulo Fonseca also had to prematurely withdraw midfielders Jordan Veretout and Leonardo Spinazzola last Thursday, with the pair remaining doubtful ahead of the return, having missed out on Sunday.
Both Amadou Diawara and Carles Perez were also sidelined against Sampdoria, but Bruno Peres should overcome a knock sustained at Marassi and centre-back Gianluca Mancini has served his European suspension and will be available to play.
Contrastingly, before the scheduled Liverpool fixture, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that only long-term injury absentees Phil Jones and Anthony Martial were unavailable for selection, so an otherwise full-strength squad is expected to travel.
After starting United's last league game against Leeds, both Dean Henderson and Daniel James were not selected for the first leg, while Mason Greenwood only appeared in the final few minutes. The trio will therefore hope to press for a start on Thursday, as they stake a claim for selection in the final - should the Reds go on to complete the job.
Roma XI: Peres; Smalling, Cristante, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Diaware, Mirante, Villar; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
It will take a miracle for Roma to turn this tie around, especially given Manchester United’s remarkably impressive form on the road. The Italians caved in towards the end of the first leg and will want to show that they have more resolve than what they showed at Old Trafford. But the pace, creativity and ruthlessness is with United and they should have enough to win this one. 2-1 Man Utd.