MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United vs Roma (Europa League)

Intro: Manchester United vs Roma

An 18th European semi-final awaits for Manchester United, as they welcome Roma to Old Trafford on Thursday in the last four of the UEFA Europa League. Let’s break down Manchester United vs Roma.

Match Build Up

This will be the seventh meeting between Manchester United and Roma in European competitions. The Red Devils have only lost one of the previous six (W4 D1) – all of which have been in the UEFA Champions League.

Roma have lost all three of their previous away games against Manchester United, conceding nine goals and scoring just once. This will be their first trip to Old Trafford since April 2008, when they lost 0-1 in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

Manchester United have only lost one of their last 12 games against Italian opponents in European competition (W8 D3). The only defeat in this run came at home to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2018-19.

Roma will be looking for their first European victory away to English opponents since February 2001 (1-0 v Liverpool in the UEFA Cup). Roma have failed to win any of their last 12 such games against seven different English sides (D4 L8).

Manchester United haven’t lost at home in a European semi-final since April 1997 (0-1 v Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League). United won four and drew three of their last seven such games.

Manchester United Team News

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay all served one-match suspensions during the quarter-final second leg victory over Granada and are available to play in the Europa League once again. 

Previous yellow cards are ‘wiped’ from the semi-final stage onwards. United’s only absentees are injury-related, in Anthony Martial and Phil Jones.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Telles; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani

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