UEFA Europa League

Roma 3-2 Man Utd (agg 5-8): Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s books Europa League final despite loss

Manchester United set up Europa League final vs Villarreal in Gdansk on May 26 despite suffering second-leg defeat in Rome; Edinson Cavani scores twice but teenager Nicola Zalewski wins second leg for hosts

Manchester United booked their spot in the Europa League last as they secured a 8-5 total win over Roma notwithstanding going down 3-2 in the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will confront Villarreal at the Gdansk Arena in Poland after the Spanish side defeated Arsenal in the other semi-last after a goalless draw at the Emirates.

Joined quenched any weak any expectation of a turnaround in the Italian capital when Cavani broadened their lead (39) however quickfire second-half objectives from Edin Dzeko (57) and Bryan Cristante (60) put Roma in front.

Cavani indented his second with a brand name header (68) preceding 19-year-old Nicola Zalewski settled the game on the night to cover an engaging second leg – however United advancement to their eighth significant European last.


Player ratings

Roma: Mirante (6), Karsdorp (7), Smalling (6), Ibanez (6), Peres (5), Cristante (7), Mancini (6), Pedro (7), Pellegrini (7), Mkhitaryan (7), Dzeko (7).

Subs: Santon (6), Mayoral (6), Darboe (6), Zalewski (7).

Man Utd: De Gea (9), Wan-Bissaka (6), Bailly (6), Maguire (6), Shaw (6), Van de Beek (5), Fred (7), Greenwood (6), Fernandes (7), Pogba (6), Cavani (8).

Subs: Mata (n/a), Rashford (6), Telles (5), Matic (6), Williams (5).

Man of the match: David de Gea.


Man Utd set up Villarreal final in Gdansk

After four semi-last losses, it is a first last for Solskjaer as United administrator. His side were at that point in a telling position having won the initial leg 6-2 at Old Trafford, however the Norwegian approached his players to keep up their energy by playing with certainty heading into a rushed time of four games in eight days.

Roma sent waves around the footballing scene on Tuesday by reporting Jose Mourinho would be assuming responsibility in the late spring. The leaving Paulo Fonseca said Mourinho’s looming appearance would not be an interruption, yet it appeared to be not really ideal groundwork for the visit of United, who had gotten the principal side since 1964 to win an European semi-last by scoring six objectives.

Team news

  • Manchester United made three adjustments from the main leg. Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood came in for the bring installation back. Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford dropped to the seat.
  • Paulo Fonseca tossed somewhat of a shock with previous Chelsea winger Pedro beginning. The Roma lead trainer received a 4-2-3-1 framework with Pedro, Mkhitaryan and Pellegrini playing behind Dzeko. Smalling was indeed at focus back against his previous club with Borja Mayoral named on the seat.

Roma required an early objective to get any opportunity of arranging a seismic rebound likened to the one accomplished in the Champions League against Barcelona in April 2018, and they were splendidly denied inside five minutes as David de Gea kept out Gianluca Mancini’s work from short proximity.

Replays showed Mancini had dealt with the ball, which means the objective would have been precluded, however from Lorenzo Pellegrini’s subsequent corner, Roger Ibanez’s flick-on was going wide by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Joined were battling to settle and they were obligated to the readiness of their goalkeeper again minutes after the fact when Rick Karsdorp seized the dozing Luke Shaw, yet his low cross looking for Dzeko was captured by De Gea’s correct boot.

After Pedro took the ball off Paul Pogba to twist wide, Solskjaer had sufficiently considered to be he changed the framework back to his favored 4-2-3-1 arrangement – and Cavani had his first sight of objective following 20 minutes as he locked onto Fred’s fragile pass just to hang his completion onto the highest point of the crossbar.

Chris Smalling was forced off in the first half
Image:Chris Smalling was forced off in the first half

Roma had not regarded their admonition as Cavani approached again when splendidly played through by Bruno Fernandes however Mirante remained huge to cover his savage goalbound shot.

Chris Smalling was removed with a muscle injury as Fonseca was again constrained into a first-half change – and afterward the scoring started. Fernandes flicked into the way of Fred, who played Cavani in behind to fire a pounding 20-yard exertion past Mirante.

Brandon Williams and Alex Telles supplanted the booked Aaron Wan-Bissaka and left-back Shaw at the break, with Roma at last discovering a route through in the 57th moment. After a pass rolled in from the left, Pedro crushed a ball into the ground and back across objective as previous Manchester City striker Dzeko headed home from short proximity.

Roma at that point asserted a 2-1 lead on the night in the 60th moment. Fred was handled while exaggerating on the edge of his own crate, with Cristante terminating home a heavenly first-time strike.

Joined were shocked by the quickfire twofold and just De Gea forestalled them falling further behind.

The 30-year-old denied Dzeko from a point-clear header and afterward greatly halted Pedro’s effervescing bounce back from tracking down the rear of the net.

On the off chance that De Gea showed his best with that twofold save, he thought minimal about the stop that denied Mkhitaryan when meeting a Pedro exertion from short proximity.

Joined behind schedule steadied and Cavani settled the nerves when he made it 2-2 on the evening, the Uruguay striker meeting a fine cross from Fernandes with an incredible header in the 68th moment.

Roma would not tap out and tracked down the net for a third time as the youth Zalewski was considered to have been partially onside as he met Davide Santon’s cross and volleyed past De Gea by means of a redirection off Telles. It was sparse relief throughout the tie however no not as much as Roma merited for their endeavors.

Clinical Cavani – Opta stats

Cavani made it six goals in six games after 39 minutes
Image:Cavani has 16 goals in 15 Europa League appearances
  • Manchester United v Roma produced a total of 13 goals over the two legs, the biggest tally in a UEFA Cup/Europa League semi-final, and joint-second highest across two legs of any major UEFA competition semi-final, behind Eintracht Frankfurt 12-4 Rangers in the 1959-60 European Cup.
  • Manchester United have made it to their first major final in any competition under Ole Gunnar Solskjær; after suffering eliminations in all four previous cup semi-finals under the Norwegian (2x League Cup, 1x FA Cup, 1x UEFA Europa League).
  • Roma are now unbeaten in 12 European games on home soil (W8 D4), since a 0-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage in November 2018.
  • Manchester United are only the second side in UEFA Cup/Europa League history to score 8+ goals across both legs of a semi-final tie, after Alavés scored nine against Kaiserslautern in 2000-01.
  • Manchester United have progressed to their eighth major European final, with Liverpool the only English team with more (14).
  • Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has scored 16 goals in his last 15 UEFA Europa League appearances, including 15 in his last 10 starts in the competition.
  • Edinson Cavani is the first player to score 2+ goals in both legs of a two-legged semi-final in major European competition since Klaus Allofs for 1. FC Köln v KSV Waregem in the 1985-86 UEFA Cup.

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