May 16, 2021

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Manchester United travel to Roma on Thursday night for the rematch of the semifinals of the Europa League.

The Italian side took a 2-1 lead at halftime from the first game, but a strong return from United to Old Trafford saw a mammoth advantage as the game ended 6-2 for the Red Devils.

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Chris Smalling ‘s visit to his former employers did not end well Alex Livesey – Danehouse / Getty Images

It is now up to Roma to regroup and use the two away games they have managed to pass by United, but the zero wins from their last six games in all competitions make the prospect of such a result seem too steep.

It has been confirmed that head coach Paulo Fonseca will also leave at the end of the season, so there is nothing to lose here, but the task still remains a giant.

When does it start? Thursday, May 6 – 8:00 PM (BST)
Where is it played? Olympic Stadium
How to watch on TV in the UK and US? BT Sport 3 (United Kingdom), FuboTV (USA)
Referee? Felix Brich
WHERE? Marco Fritz

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Roma is without their goalkeeper number one Matthew Ashton – AMA / Getty Images

Roma were plagued by three injuries in the first half of the first leg of the draw, with Jordan Veretu, Pau Lopez and Leonardo Spinazola being forced to leave.

All the trio missed in the 2-0 defeat by Sampdoria at the weekend and it seems that they will miss the rest of the season, and the goalkeeper Lopez will undergo shoulder surgery.

This adds to the already painfully long list of injuries that Fonseca must navigate, all of them like Niccolo Zaniolo, Ricardo Calafiori, Stefan El Shaarawy and Amadou Diawara.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer has a full team to work with Alex Livesey – Danehouse / Getty Images

As usual, Phil Jones misses with recurring knee problems after failing to make a team in a match in February 2020. Anthony Martial also continues to recover from a knee injury ending the season.

Otherwise, United have a perfectly fit team, which remains well rested, given that their match against Liverpool was postponed this weekend as a result of protests by fans of Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be tempted to turn around a bit, given that his country has a four-goal lead, but he will also be careful not to underestimate his opposition, and with second place in the Premier League almost in the bag , he can also go for it.

Roma: Fuzato; Mancini, Smalling, Plum; Karsdorp, Cristant, Villar, Perez; Mkhitaryan; Major, Jaco

Manchester United: De Gea; Van Bisaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Teles; McTominay, Pogba; James, Fernandez, Rashford; Greenwood

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Fonseca will leave at the end of the season PAUL ELIS / Getty images

Fans of I Giallorossi are just waiting for the painful season to end. Fonseca had to deal with the list of nightmares as the campaign approached, which meant things would probably get worse before they got better.

If the fans were at the stadium, welcoming United to Rome would still be a fun occasion for the spectators, if nothing else. But without that, the game will not serve as a pain for Roma fans at home.

The Red Devils still have work to do and must achieve a professional result in Italy. The semi-final curse seems to be over, but they have to get rid of it with style.

Forecast: Roma 0-2 Manchester United