Match preview for AS Roma vs Manchester United FC
For Manchester United Thursday's second leg at AS Roma's Stadio Olimpico should be a formality after their fantastic performance in the first leg when they managed to win 6-2. .
Roma had an excellent first half at Old Trafford and had a 2-1 advantage at half time, but in the second half they couldn’t handle The Red Devils’ pressure so their chances of winning the Europa League trophy and return to the Champions League next season are close to zero now. Not so long ago Barcelona showed how you can overturn a 4 goal deficit after the first leg, against PSG in the Champions League, but Roma’s recent form offers little hope. The team is seriously affected by injuries, with no less than 7 important unavailable players in all areas, starting with the goalkeeper Pau Lopez, El Shaarawy, Calafiori, Pedro,Spinazzola, Veretout and Zaniolo will all miss the second leg against United. Besides the medical problems Roma are also going through a very poor run of form. After the defeat against Man United last week, the team suffered another loss in Serie A against Sampdoria 0-2. The Giallorossi are winless in their last 6 official games, and four of those games were losses. In Serie A they fell behind the Top 6, as they are 9 points away with only 4 games left and they are in danger of losing the 7th spot since Sassuolo are only two points behind.
Manchester United missed qualification to the Europa League final after losing against Sevilla 2-1 in the tournament held in Germany, but they are with one foot in the final now after their impressive performance in the first leg. The Europa League is United’s only chance at a trophy this season . Manchester United have been impressive away from home this season and they are currently undefeated away in the Premier League, with 10 wins and 7 draws. Against Italian teams they have 6 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses in the away games, with the most recent win earlier this year, 1-0 against AC Milan in the Europa League first knockout round. Considering they didn’t play against Liverpool last weekend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players are very well rested and there won’t be too many changes in the starting eleven,only Mason Greenwood might replace Edinson Cavani in attack. Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are the only unavailable players for this match.
Roma and Manchester United will face each other for the 8th time in the European competitions and this will be the third time they will face off in a double leg in the knockout stages. United managed to came on top in the previous two. In 2007 they managed an even clearer victory than the one from last week, as they won 7-1 at Old Trafford after losing the first leg 1-2 in Italy. The 2-1 win in 2007 is Roma’s only win against Manchester United. The Red Devils managed to win 5 of the 6 games they played after that.