It was the year 2006 when Manchester United defeated AS Roma 7-1 at Old Trafford. Since then the Red Devils enjoyed a lot of success while Giallorossi did okay. Fast forward fifteen years later, Manchester United are no longer in the Champions League. Rather they have now become regulars in the Europa League.
Rather it was AS Roma who recently played the Champions League semi-final in 2018 rather than Manchester United. The Red Devils have dropped their lofty standards however that does not mean that they are not hungry for trophies. While the Italians are again trying to be a top club in Itlay and Europa League will be essential for their success.
Last season as well the Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the Europa League. Perhaps they have might have learned a few lessons from that. As for Giallorossi, they have the experience and the players to cause an upset. They will go into the game believing that they can get something out of this game.
Analysis: Manchester United vs AS Roma
The Red Devils are likely to start with a 4-5-1 formation. They will try to play with pace and energy. Thier wingers in one on one situation will be the key for them to get the goals. Since Manchester United are the home side they will dominate possession and try to switch the play.
As for the Giallorossi, they have been very effective on the counter-attacks this season. However, Paulo Fonseca’s team hasn’t been very effective in pressing the ball. They often commit more men forward in the hope of pressing the ball. It is possible that they might press high early in the game to get an early advantage.
Their hopes of an early advantage are not unrealistic. This season they 11.5 dribbles per game, compared to Manchester United with 11.2 dribbles per game. By winning the ball early they can dribble past United’s defenders to create chances. However, someone like Pogba could also drop deep and help the build-up which will in turn leave Roma outnumbered at the back.
When and Where ?
Manchester United will host AS Roma at Old Trafford in the Europa League on 30th April 2021 at 12:30 AM (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
Only Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are not avilable to Ole Gunnar Solskjear. Apart from these two, he has his own squad to call upon.
Predicted Line Up: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.
Pedro and Riccardo Calafiori are unavible for the game. Nicolo Zaniola is a long term absentee.
Precited Line Up: Lopez; Cristante, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko.
Head to Head stats
Manchester United have faced AS Roma six times in thier history. They have won four times, drawn once and the Italians have won once.
Manchester United: Paul Pogba
The Red Devils have often missed a midfielder who can drop deep and link-up play. Pogba has often played that role but it does not bring out the best in him. However, in this game, it is likely that he will have to drop deep to link up the play. If he is unable to do that Manchester United will be in trouble.
AS Roma: Edin Dezko
The Bosnian at the age of 34 is a threat upfront. He has good experience and he links up the play as well. The former Manchester City striker often turns up for the big games as well.
The 12th Man Prediction: Manchester United 2 vs AS Roma 1
The Red Devils have been in great form this season. The likes of Rashford and Fernandes are capable scorers. However this season they have often conceded the first goal as well. But they still have enough quality to win this one.