Manchester United have one foot in the Europa League Final after winning the semifinal first leg against Roma 6-2. It was a shock result after Roma went into the halftime break up 2-1. Manchester United exploded in the second period thanks to five unanswered goals. Roma now need four goals to overturn the deficit and cannot afford to concede another strike to Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team were average in opening 45 minutes of the first leg, but found a second gear in the second half. The Red Devils go into the match on Thursday unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions. Solskjaer has the option to rest some of the team’s key players in the semifinal second leg in preparation for the final against either Arsenal or Villarreal.
Manchester United’s Sunday fixture against Liverpool at Old Trafford was postponed after fans broke into the stadium to protest owners, the Glazer family, and the proposed European Super League. Roma fell to a 2-0 loss to Sampdoria and are now winless in their last six games. Three consecutive matches ended in defeat for the Giallorossi.
Roma coach Paulo Fonseca is expected to leave the club at the end of the season. Had he not taken the Giallorossi into the Europa League semifinal, it is likely he would have been sacked already. Former Napoli, Chelsea, and Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri is expected to be appointed in Fonseca’s place.
Roma vs Manchester United Betting Odds
Manchester United are heavy favourites to win in Rome and punch their ticket to the Europa League Final. The Red Devils go into the match at odds of 37/40 to win at full-time. Manchester United are unbeaten in seven Europa League knockout fixtures. They have outscored their Europa League opponents 16-3. Manchester United have posted an away record of 17W-7D-3L while scoring 51 goals and allowing 23 to opponents.
Roma are struggling and win may not be enough to overturn the 6-2 scoreline against Manchester United. The Giallorossi are at odds of 14/5 to win at full-time against Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma have posted a record of 15W-6D-3L at home this season.
After playing well against Manchester United in the first half of the first leg, Roma completely capitulated in the second period. It should be noted that they made life difficult for themselves in the first half and Manchester United couldn’t take advantage of Roma’s mistakes.
Roma have outscored their Europa League knockout round opponents 15-10. Six of those 10 goals were scored by Manchester United. Until going to Old Trafford, Roma had not lost a knockout stage match. Roma’s play has been so poor that following the 2-0 loss to Sampdoria at the weekend, midfielder Gianluca Mancini apologised to supporters.
Roma vs Manchester United Team News
Anthony Marital remains sidelined for Manchester United. The Frenchman has been out since suffering an injury during the March international break. The Red Devils should be just fine without the Frenchman in the team. Solskjaer is likely to play a strong side after the game against Liverpool on Sunday was postponed. Bruno Fernandes scored twice in the first leg – once from the penalty spot, surprise, surprise. Edinson Cavani added two goals as well.
Fonseca has a number of injuries going into the Europa League semifinal second leg. The coach had to make three substitutions in the first half of the first leg because of injuries. Due to making three substitutes at three different points in the first half, Fonseca was unable to use his other two allowed substitutions in the second half. Roma had used the allowed breaks in play to make subs.
Eight names are on the Roma injury list. Leonardo Spinazzola terrorised Manchester United’s right side in the first half but went off injured. He is unlikely to play due to a hamstring injury. The same goes for leading scorer Jordan Veretout. He suffered a muscle injury moments after kickoff at Old Trafford.
Goalkeeper Pau Lopez also went off injured. He suffered a shoulder injury making a save. Stephan El Shaarawy, Riccardo Calafiori, Pedro Rodriguez, and Marash Kumbulla are all expected to miss the game as well.
Roma vs Manchester United Prediction
Both teams to score goals: YES @ 51/100 - BET NOW
If the first leg is anything to go by, we are in store for goals in the second leg. Manchester United may have won the first leg 6-2, but they were second best at halftime. Roma’s injuries and inability to make additional substitutions killed their chances of holding onto the lead. In addition, Roma’s play out from the back was poor and they turned the ball over several times. Five of Manchester United’s last eight games ended with both teams scoring goals.
Edinson Cavani to score anytime @ 5/4 - BET NOW
Edinson Cavani has 12 goals in 33 games for Manchester United. The former Paris Saint-Germain striker maybe 34, but is arguably the only true striker Manchester United have in the team. He could get another start following his two-goal performance in the first leg.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 27/50 - BET NOW
Manchester United and Roma combined for eight goals in the first leg. By halftime, the game had already seen over 2.5 goals. Roma have nothing to lose and should come out all guns blazing. Their defence was poor in the first leg, which should allow the Red Devils to get goals of their own.
Five of Manchester United’s last eight matches in all competitions ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Three of Roma’s last five games in all competitions finished with more than 2.5 goals tallied. Manchester United have one foot in the final and should get the second one in the trophy game. They should open the scoring early on and kill off the game.
Two of Manchester United’s seven Europa League knockout stage games ended with over 2.5 goals scored. We could see a third match in eight with more than 2.5 goals scored as Manchester United qualify for the Europa League Final against either Arsenal or Villarreal.
Roma vs Manchester United Tips
Here are our Roma vs Manchester United tips for Thursday's Europa League semi-final 2nd-leg.
1. Both teams to score goals: YES @ 51/100
2. Edinson Cavani to score anytime @ 5/4
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 27/50
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