Roma and Manchester United go head-to-head at the Stadio Olimpico in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday at 8pm (UK time).
The Red Devils took a commanding 6-2 lead at Old Trafford in the first leg last week with braces from Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani complemented by further strikes from Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood. Lorenzo Pellegrini and Edin Dzeko netted first-half away goals for Roma.
Can the Giallorossi pull off a remarkable comeback? Read on for live stream information and key players ahead of this mouth-watering Europa League contest.
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Scoreline prediction: Roma 2-3 Man Utd
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Can Bruno Fernandes set a new personal best?
Fernandes’ double in the first leg last week took his total for the season to 26 goals in 52 appearances across all competitions. Sure, a healthy amount of those are penalties, but that is still a fantastic total and illustrative of just how important he is to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team. Besides, who said that scoring penalties is easy?
The Portugal international is now just six goals short of his career-best for a single season, set for Sporting CP in 2018/19 as he fired the club to a domestic cup double and a third-place finish in the league.
Speaking after another eye-catching performance in the first leg, Fernandes revealed his personal goal for the rest of the campaign is to surpass that 32-goal haul of three seasons ago.
“I scored 32 at Sporting so I expect to pass that mark, my target every time is to get better, my target is to win trophies but for myself, my target is to improve every season,” Fernandes said.
“I think if I score 32 goals in one season, I can do better. I know it’s a big number but why not? If you dream about that and fight for that, you can do it, so I will keep trying to be better and better and also give more assists, my best season for assists was 20 and I have to reach that level again.”
Solskjaer is also confident of Fernandes’ ability to hit his mark but, as you’d expect from a manager, the Norwegian sought to bring things back to team targets of winning trophies.
“I’m sure Bruno will say this too, but it’s not about individual accolades or awards or prizes, it’s about the team getting to a final and being successful together,” he said. “That’s how we build this team and this club: by being a team.”
But with a 6-2 lead from the first leg, this tie is all but done. Solskjaer might well let Fernandes off the leash in search of his extra goals, knowing that cancelling out Roma’s two away goals from last week early will kill the Italian side off once and for all.
Mourinho to replace Fonseca as Roma stick to Portuguese model
Tuesday was a wild day for Roma. First, it was announced that head coach Paulo Fonseca would leave the club at the end of the season after two years in charge. The former Shakhtar Donetsk manager guided the Giallorossi to fifth last season, just eight points off Champions League qualification. But this time around, Roma have slipped down to seventh and are on the verge of crashing out of Europe. A run of four defeats and two draws in their last six games was enough to persuade the board to call time on the Portuguese tactician’s reign.
“Over these last two years we have experienced a number of highs and lows, but I have always given my all for this club and this city, a city that has always been so welcoming,” Fonesca said.
But Roma will once again be led by a Portuguese manager as ex-Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho was announced seemingly out of the blue later that day. Mourinho was only dismissed from Tottenham Hotspur last month but will join Roma at the end of this season on a deal until June 2024.
“After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma,” the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss said.
“It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.”
Roma general manager Tiago Pinto added: “When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time.
“We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.
“We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.”
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Recent form (last five matches):
- Roma: LLLDL
- Man Utd: WDWWW
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