The men have been separated from the boys  as the semi Final of the UEFA Europa league kicks off on the 29th of April, 2021 as Man United welcome AS Roma at Old Trafford in one of the two fixtures of the semi finals. 

This will be Man United’s fifth semi final since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the Englsih club and the Red Devils will be looking the break their semi final hurdles to book a place in the final  at Gdnask.

Man United will be confident going into this encounter as they have not lost a semi final first leg in an European competition at Old Trafford since 1997; they’ve pulled up four victories and have shared the spoils thrice in that period. More welcoming and encouraging news for the Manchester club and its faithful is that they’ve lost just once against Italian oppositions in European matches in their last twelve meetings.

The barren draw against Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday was the first time in ten games they’ve failed to find the back of the net. They’ve scored over 1.5 goals in five wins before the Sunday draw and impressively,  ten of their last 12 goals in that period came before the first half interval.  The draw also ended Solskjaer’s men five games winning streak. 

AS Roma come into this encounter as outsiders as the Italian club haven’t tasted victory on English soil for almost 20 years now since a one-nill win over Liverpool. They’ve lost eight of their last twelve visits to England, managing a draw on four occasions.  More bad news for Roma is that, Italian capital club sides have conceded nine goals in their last three visits to Old Trafford, scoring just once and losing all of their last three trips to the Theatre of Dreams.

Roma were almost stainless in the Europa League group stage (W5, D1), they’ve turn down the bad road now as they’ve not won any of their last four competitive fixtures, losing two and sharing the spoils in the other two – they should be worried! 

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in more Europa League goals than any other player since his debut for the Old Trafford outfit ( 17 goals, 9 assists); he has scored the opener for the Red Devils in five of his last seven strikes. 

AS Roma and ex Manchester City forward, Edin Dzeko has scored five goals in his previous four games against Man United at the Theatre of Dreams, not forgetting his brace in his last two meetings with the Red Devils.

On injury front, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be without Phil Jones and Anthony Martial who are both suffering from Ankle injuries.

For AS Roma, Paulo Fonseca will be without Ricacardo Calafiori and Pedro who are both suffering from a Muscle injury, while Nicolo Zaniolo is out due to a damaged knee. All trio will miss the trip to Old Trafford for this crucial clash.

This European Semi Final showdown at Old Trafford will see Spanish referee Carlos Del Cerro as the man in the middle.

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