Manchester United vs AS Roma UEFA League Live Football Score 6 May 2021
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 departure
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.
- Manchester United have won five of their last six meetings with Roma in all competitions, drawing the other 1-1 in December 2007.
- Roma’s 6-2 defeat to Manchester United in the first leg was only the fourth time they have conceded six or more goals in a match in major European competition, with two coming against United.
- In the history of the UEFA Cup/Europa League, of the 225 previous instances of a team losing the first-leg of a two-legged knockout tie by four or more goals, just two have progressed; FK Partizan v QPR in the 1984-85 last 32 and Real Madrid v Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1985-86 last 16.
- Roma have not lost both legs of a two-legged knockout tie in major European competition (excluding qualifiers) since the 2015-16 Champions League last 16 versus Real Madrid, while they last did so in the UEFA Cup/Europa League in the 2009-10 last 16 v Panathinaikos.
- Edin Dzeko has scored in five of his last six Europa League appearances for Roma. In all major European competitions, he has 31 goals for Roma, at least three more than any other player for the club (Francesco Totti, 28).
- Since his competition debut in 2018, Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 30 Europa League goals (19 goals, 11 assists), seven more than any other player.
- United are looking to progress to their first major final in any competition under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; they have previously been knocked out of all four cup semi-finals under the Norwegian (two League Cup, one FA Cup, one UEFA Europa League).
- Manchester United have won each of their last four Europa League games, last winning five successive matches in all European competition in May 2011, before losing to Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley.
Fonseca conceded the time was right for him to leave the club after receiving confirmation on Tuesday he will be replaced by Mourinho at the end of the season. The Serie A club made the shock announcement of Mourinho’s appointment just over two weeks after he was sacked by Tottenham, and a few hours after confirming Fonseca’s exit.
“For me, professionalism is a sacred value. I am as motivated here today as I was on my first day. I want to do my best for Roma until the final day,” Fonseca said. Mourinho is a great coach, we all know that. I think he will do a great job. Speaking honestly, I thought it was time to follow a different path away from Roma.”