Intro: Roma vs Manchester United
Hoping to put a tumultuous week behind them, Manchester United head to Italy to play Roma on Thursday. With a four-goal lead, advancement to the Europa League finals is almost certain but everyone thought advancement in this year’s Champions League was as well. Let’s preview Roma vs Manchester United.
Match Build Up
In the history of the European League / Confederation Cup, of 225 teams who lost the first leg by 4 goals or more, only two moved onto the next round. Partizan against Queens Park Rangers 1984-95 and Real Madrid against Borussia Moenchengladbach 1985-86.
Roma’s 2-6 loss in the first leg is only his fourth defeat with 6 goals or more in European competitions. Two of these defeats came against Manchester United (1-7 in April 2007). Manchester United have won 5 of their last 6 games against Roma in all competitions – tied 1-1 in 2007.
Roma has not lost the home and away matches in the knockout rounds of European competitions (excluding the qualifiers) since 2015-16 in the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid. The last time they lost both matches was in the 2009-10 UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League against Panathinaikos.
Manchester United Team News
United will once again be without the injured Anthony Martial for this match. Long-term absentee Phil Jones is the only other player missing for Solskjaer’s side. The United boss must decide how many changes to make with a busy string of fixtures coming up. However, after his side’s convincing first-leg win it should make his job a little easier. Thursday’s match now looks like a more favorable opportunity to rest players.
Edinson Cavani was arguably the standout performer in the win over Roma and should lead the line again this match. That is unless Solskjaer chooses to manage his game time a little more closely than others due to his age. Mason Greenwood will be pushing for a start after coming off the bench to round off the Roma rout, although his main obstacle is the form of those in front of him.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani