AS Roma will host Manchester United in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final. The Red Devils managed to thrash the Italians by 6-2 in the first leg at Old Trafford. Burno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani both scored a brace, while Pogba and Mason Greenwood also got on the scoresheet.
In reply to it, the Italians only score two twice through Edin Dzeko and Lorenzo Pellegrini. Now they have a four-goal deficit to cover up for in the second leg. The odds are very much against them but they would want to draw inspiration from their stunning comeback against FC Barcelona in 2018.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be very much optimistic that his team will be able to qualify for the final. While for Paulo Fonseca it could be his last game for Roma in Europe, as Jose Mourinho is set to join the club next season.
Analysis: Roma vs Manchetser United
Giallorossi will try to score early goals so that they can build some momentum for the rest of the game. While the Red Devils will try that they don’t concede early. However this season there have been where they have conceded the first goal. Many times they have been able to make a comeback but not every time.
If Manchester United can score in the early parts of the game, they would very much be able to finish the game. The prospect of beating the Red Devils by four goals already seems to be a daunting task. By scoring another early on, the Giallorossi will feel overwhelmed by the task in front of them.
Thus the first 20-25 minutes of the game will be crucial for both teams. They would also prefer to attack through counter-attacking football. This is because their players will have more space and time to operate, which will make it easier for them to score.
When and Where?
AS Roma will host Manchester United in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Europa League at Stadio Olimpico on 7th May 2021 at 12:30 AM.
Team News and Injury Update
Paulo Fonseca will be without a couple of players for this game. Jordan Veretout, Pau Lopez, Leonardo Spinazzola, Nicolo Zaniolo, Stephan El Shaarawy, and Pedro all are out injured. While Marash Kumbulla is a doubt for the game.
Predicted Line Up: Daniel Fuzato; Chris Smalling, Federico Fazio, Gianluca Mancini; Rick Karsdorp, Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bruno Perez; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Borja Mayoral; Edin Dzeko.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has only two injury worries in Phil Jones and Anthony Martial. Apart from these two, he has his squad available with him.
Predicted Line Up: David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Fred, Scott McTominay; Paul Pogba, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood; Edinson Cavani.
Head to Head Stats: Roma vs Manchester United
This will be their eighth meeting in a competitive game. The Red Devils have won five times, Giallorossi have won once and one game has been a draw.
The Italians have a striker like Dezko who can take care of the finishing part. However, they need someone who can create chances for Dezko to finish. Pellegrini can be that player and he needs to bring in his A-game if Roma have any chance of qualifying for the final.
Out of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, the former has been more error-prone. At times, strikers are also able to get the better of him in the physical battle. Dzeko might try to play close to the Swede. Though he has played very well at times and he will need to play well, if he commits an error, the Red Devils could be in trouble.
12th Man Prediction: AS Roma 1 vs Manchester United 3
The Giallorossi should be able to score one goal, given how the Red Devils have often conceded this season. However, in their search for more goals, they will leave space behind and Manchester United players will be able to score goals through counter-attacks.