How Manchester United should line up vs Roma in Europa League semi final



Manchester United will be looking for a positive result when they host Italian side AS Roma in the first-leg of their Europa League semi final on Thursday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s only hopes of winning a trophy this season rely on success in Europe as he looks to finally reach his first major final as manager of the club.

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

In terms of early team news Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly have both been passed fit to play, with Anthony Martial and Phil Jones the only players ruled out.


David de Gea is the new cup ‘keeper but he’s not a downgrade on Dean Henderson, while United’s strongest back four is clear.

Solskjaer will probably go with a Fred-McTominay axis but that is a recipe for tedium so it should be one or the other, with Pogba and Fernandes making up the triumvirate.

With Anthony Martial injured and Daniel James poor against Leeds, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford flanking Edinson Cavani is the most obvious front three.

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