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Manchester United vs Roma – Europa League Preview & Predicted Line-ups

Manchester United welcome Europa League semi-final debutants Roma to Old Trafford in the first leg of their last-four tie on Thursday, and you can use this bet365 bonus for 2021 to back them to win the tie.

The two sides have faced each other six times in the Champions League this millennium, with the Serie A side failing to win five fixtures in succession since a 2-1 home victory in their first encounter (D1, L4).

Betting favourites to lift the crown, United are the only side in the final four to have won the competition before.

Manchester United Preview

United’s overall home record against Serie A visitors across major European competitions reads W13 D3 L3, with their only previous Europa League home meeting with Italian opposition producing a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in this season’s round of 16.

They are unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 European games against Italian sides at home (W8, D3) and have won each of their three official clashes against Roma in Manchester by an aggregate score of 9-1.

At Old Trafford, the Red Devils have not lost any of their last 17 Europa League matches (W13, D4), winning five on the trot before drawing with Real Sociedad and Milan in this season’s knockout phase.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have registered a shutout in six of their last eight home Europa League fixtures, last conceding 2+ goals in such contest against Athletic Club in the 2011/12 last-16.

United have yet to lose a semi-final home leg in Europe in the 21st century (W4, D3) despite scoring precisely once per game in three of the last four such engagements.

Roma Preview

Roma will contest Premier League opposition for the first time since exiting the 2017/18 Champions League semi-final to Liverpool (2-5 A, 4-2 H).

The Giallorossi have struggled versus English adversaries lately, suffering elimination in each of their last seven two-legged ties after winning their first three. 

Furthermore, the Italians have picked up just a single win in 17 UEFA fixtures on English soil (D6, L10), having gone winless in 12 consecutive trips to the country following a 1-0 triumph over Liverpool in February 2001 (D4, L8).

Roma’s overall road record in the Europa League knockout stage stands at W5 D2 L2, mainly thanks to three wins out of three this season, all of which saw them score precisely twice per match.

Notably, Paulo Fonseca’s men have netted 2+ goals in 75% of their Europa League outings this term (9/12), including five of six in the knock-outs.

Predicted Line-ups

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Fred, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani.

Roma (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez, Juan Jesus, Bryan Cristante, Gianluca Mancini, Bruno Peres, Amadou Diawara, Jordan Veretout, Rick Karsdorp, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Edin Dzeko.

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