Man Utd score six in Europa League semi

Manchester United v Roma
Edinson Cavani has scored 10 goals in 13 appearances against Roma

Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani both scored twice as Manchester United came from behind to take a major step towards sealing a place in next month’s Europa League final.

Fernandes gave United a perfect start in their semi-final with Italian side Roma when he swept home Cavani’s first-time lay-off.

Paul Pogba’s handball allowed Lorenzo Pellegrini to equalise before the Roma skipper’s pass allowed former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko to score his sixth goal in five Old Trafford appearances to turn the tie on its head by half-time.

But United rallied after the break. Cavani levelled with a superb first-time effort before tapping the hosts back in front when substitute keeper Antonio Mirante pushed Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s angled shot into his path.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were in no mood to let their advantage slip a second time, although it took a fortunate penalty for what seemed to be an innocuous Chris Smalling tackle on Cavani to give Fernandes the chance add a fourth from the spot.

Pogba then powered home a precise header from Fernandes’ cross before Greenwood ran on to Cavani’s pass and drove home United’s sixth, making them the first side to score six goals in a major European semi-final since Real Madrid in the European Cup in May 1964.

Dodgy defending

If there is one doubt over United’s ability to lift their first silverware under Solskjaer in Poland next month, it comes from the goals they conceded.

There has been a long-standing feeling that the bare statistics around United’s defence do not portray a true picture of their abilities.

They had conceded just one goal in six Europa League knockout ties prior to this evening – but it cannot be forgotten one of those that landed them in the competition in the first place was the ridiculous non-marking of Demba Ba during the shock Champions League defeat by Istanbul Basaksehir.

There was nothing on that scale – but in the modern era, Pogba was never going to get away with the ball hitting an outstretched, raised arm as he slid in to tackle Rick Karsdorp.

And the way Pellegrini was allowed so much space to drift into before supplying the low cross that invited Dzeko’s finish highlighted a total lack of awareness on Fred’s part.

Having let Pellegrini run free to devastating effect once, United should not have allowed it again after the break. They were fortunate the Roma skipper elected to pass rather than shoot from inside the box, just as David de Gea got lucky when the rebound flew to safety when he cannoned a clearance downfield straight into Dzeko, who was on his own on the edge of the area.

In the end though, the Italians simply did not have the quality needed to get a result that would give them a chance in next week’s return, although they were hardly helped by having to make three injury-related substitutions before half-time.

Manchester United’s next game is in the Premier League against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, 2 May (16:30 BST).

Six of the best – the best of the stats

  • Manchester United are the first side to score six in the semi-final of a major European competition since May 1964 when Real Madrid beat FC Zurich 6-0 in the European Cup second leg.
  • Manchester United scored six goals in a single match in European competition for the first time since netting seven against Roma in April 2007.
  • Roma are the first Italian side to ship six goals in the semi-final of a European competition.
  • Roma became the first side to make three substitutions in the first-half of a Europa League game (since 2009).
  • Bruno Fernandes (20) is only the third player in Manchester United’s history to score 20+ penalties, after Ruud van Nistelrooy (28) and Wayne Rooney (27).
  • Three of the past four penalties Manchester United have conceded in all competitions have been given away by Paul Pogba, while the Frenchman has conceded four of their past six at Old Trafford.
  • Edinson Cavani made it 50 goals in major European competition (15 in the Europa League, 35 in the Champions League), with the Manchester United attacker, at 34 years and 74 days, the oldest player to score a brace at the semi-final stage or beyond in major European competition since Philip Cocu (34y 187d) for PSV Eindhoven vs AC Milan in the Champions League semi-finals in 2004-05.
  • Mason Greenwood has scored 27 goals for Manchester United in all competitions, the third-most of any player in the club’s history before turning 20 after Norman Whiteside (39) and George Best (37).


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominay
  • 17FredSubstituted forMaticat 83′minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forGreenwoodat 76′minutes
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forMataat 89′minutes
  • 6PogbaBooked at 51mins
  • 7Cavani


  • 3Bailly
  • 8Mata
  • 11Greenwood
  • 13Grant
  • 19Diallo
  • 21James
  • 26Henderson
  • 27Telles
  • 31Matic
  • 33Williams
  • 34van de Beek
  • 38Tuanzebe


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 13LópezSubstituted forMiranteat 28′minutes
  • 6SmallingBooked at 61mins
  • 4Cristante
  • 3Ibañez da Silva
  • 2Karsdorp
  • 17VeretoutSubstituted forVillarat 5′minutesBooked at 50mins
  • 42Diawara
  • 37SpinazzolaSubstituted forda Silva Peresat 37′minutes
  • 7Pellegrini
  • 77Mkhitaryan
  • 9Dzeko


  • 14Villar
  • 18Santon
  • 21Mayoral
  • 24Kumbulla
  • 31Pérez
  • 33da Silva Peres
  • 54Ciervo
  • 55Darboe
  • 83Mirante
  • 87Cerantola Fuzato

Carlos del Cerro Grande

Live Text

Around the BBC iPlayer bannerAround the BBC iPlayer footer

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *