S
SEARCH
M
SW
Collect News Data
May 6, 2021 at 8pm UK
RomaRoma
3-2
Man UtdManchester United
Dzeko (57'), Cristante (60'), Telles (83' og.)
Karsdorp (72'), Cristante (84')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Cavani (39', 68')
Wan-Bissaka (18'), Fred (58'), Cavani (72'), Williams (90+2')

Preview: Roma vs. Manchester United - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Roma vs. Manchester United - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Thursday's Europa League clash between Roma and Manchester United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

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 upcoming departure.


Match preview

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 his 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 end-of-term 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.

Roma Europa League form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L

Roma form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Manchester United Europa League form:
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Manchester United form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Team News

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.

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.

Nemanja Matic and Alex Telles are among the names Solskjaer will consider for his XI, as the upcoming fixture list suddenly looks very cluttered.

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.

Though James has not travelled to Rome, the other two will 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 possible starting lineup:
Mirante; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Villar, Peres; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Fred, Matic; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Greenwood


We say: Roma 1-2 Manchester United

Even if Manchester United decide against fielding their first XI - reasoning that the task of reaching the final is all but complete - a confident and rested side should be able to take further advantage of the disarray injury-addled Roma find themselves in.

While the pre-game appointment of ex-United manager Jose Mourinho as the Giallorossi's new head coach from next season adds a dash of intrigue to the encounter, his former team should comfortably dismiss any hopes of the home side staging an odds-defying comeback.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a draw or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Draw/Away:data



body check tags ::

amp_article__445864 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2021-05-06 16:39:26:
html db last update - 2021-05-03 10:12:05 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!

This page is available in multiple languages
Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City35255572264680
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd342010467363170
3Chelsea351810755322364
4Leicester CityLeicester351961063432063
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham351771155451058
6Liverpool34169957391857
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs351681161412056
8Everton34167114642455
9Arsenal351571349381152
10Leeds UnitedLeeds35155155353050
11Aston Villa34146144941848
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves35129143547-1245
13Crystal Palace34118153656-2041
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35109164058-1839
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton35813143641-537
16Southampton34107174161-2037
17Burnley3499163147-1636
18Fulham34512172545-2027
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35511193268-3626
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3552281862-4417
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Championship Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CNorwich CityNorwich45299773343996
3Brentford452315776413584
4Swansea CitySwansea4523111156371980
5Bournemouth4522111273442977
6Barnsley45238145648877
7Reading451912146052869
8Cardiff CityCardiff4518131465481767
9Queens Park RangersQPR451811165454065
10Middlesbrough451810175550564
11Millwall451517134646062
12Luton TownLuton451711174049-962
13Preston North EndPreston45177214755-858
14Stoke CityStoke451415164852-457
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn451412196052854
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest451216173643-752
17Coventry CityCoventry451313194360-1752
18Birmingham CityBirmingham451313193556-2152
19Bristol City45156244565-2051
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451212214869-2148
21Derby CountyDerby451110243355-2243
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham45118264359-1641
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds451210233758-2140
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe451010253669-3340
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.