Manchester United has one foot in the final after last week’s crushing victory at Old Trafford when they travel to Roma for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Read more about Roma vs. Manchester United below.
The two clubs meet at Stadio Olimpico after preparing in less than favorable conditions, with United’s weekend game called off amid tense scenes and the hosts losing for the third time in a row, prompting their manager’s departure.
Roma vs. Manchester United | Roma Team News:
In the first half of Roma’s 6-2 loss to Manchester United last weekend, Pau Lopez, Jordan Veretout, and Leonardo Spinazzola were all injured. Lopez has been ruled out for the rest of the season, and Veretout isn’t expected to play. Before his injury, Spinazzola posed a serious threat to United, and the Italian side will be hoping he recovers in time for the return leg.
Last week, Antonio Mirante took over in goal for Lopez and made an error that led to one of United’s goals, while at the weekend, Daniel Fuzato made his first appearance of the season and also made an error that led to an opposition goal. On the eve of Thursday, things aren’t looking well.
If Paulo Fonseca is suspended, Roma will be able to reclaim Gianluci Mancini. If he wishes to make improvements from a team that conceded six goals the last time out, Roma has reactivated Gianluca Mancini from suspension.
Roma vs. Manchester United | Manchester United Team News:
Manchester United’s match against Liverpool on Sunday was postponed, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team a whole week off. It would undoubtedly alter the United manager’s strategy for this contest.
With a 6-2 lead from the first leg, Solskjaer may be able to play some of his fringe stars, but he would almost certainly field a good team to stop a disappointing comeback with a spot in the final on the line.
From those who did not start the first leg in Manchester, Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek, and Mason Greenwood have the best chance of starting. Dan James, on the other hand, is out for a spell.
Roma vs. Manchester United Prediction
Our Prediction: Roma 1-2 Manchester United
In the first leg, Roma led Manchester United 2-1 at halftime and seemed to be on course for a perfect away score, only to be swept away in the second half and lose 6-2, effectively eliminating them from the game.
To reach the Europa League final from here, they’ll need a comeback close to the one they staged against Barcelona in the Champions League a few years earlier. The only issue is that they have lost two of their last three games and have gone winless in their last six.
Manchester United has had a week off from the first leg since their match against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday. With such a large lead from the first leg, a massive collapse will be needed. With such a large lead after the first leg, it will take a massive collapse to knock them out of the competition from here.
Even if Manchester United decides not to field their starting XI because they believe their mission of reaching the final is almost complete. The calm and rested side should be able to take advantage of Roma’s injury-plagued state.
The pre-game announcement of ex-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as Giallorossi’s new head coach for next season brings intrigue to the match. His former side can easily ignore any expectations of a revival by the home side.
Possible Starting Line-Ups
Roma: Mirante; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Villar, Peres; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Greenwood