Old Trafford stadium embraces an exciting football summit between Manchester United of England and its rival Roma, Italy, as part of the semi-final first leg of the European League European League.
The attention and hearts of European football fans will head to Old Trafford stadium at nine o’clock this evening, Thursday, where the Red Devils collide with wolves, in the penultimate station, to determine the two sides of the final match.
The formation of Manchester United against Rome was as follows:
Goalkeeper: De Gea.
Defense: Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw.
Middle: McTominay, Fred, Rashford, Bruno Fernandez.
Attack: Pogba, Greenwood.
The following is the expected formation of Roma against United as follows:
Goalkeeper: Pau Lopez.
Defense: Smalling, Cristante, Ibanez.
Middle: Carsdorp, Villar, Ferretot, Spinazola, Pellegrini.
Attack: Mkhitaryan, Djikku.
• United, the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League winners, finished third in the Premier League last season, when they also lost three semi-finals – in the English League Cup, the FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
Their league position enabled them to compete in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 23rd time.
• Solskjær’s side got off to a flier in Group H, beating Paris 2-1 away and Leipzig 5-0 at home, but they lost three of their last four fixtures – 1-2 at İstanbul Başakşehir, 1-3 at home to Paris and 2-3 away to Leipzig – to drop down into third place.
• The Manchester club have appeared in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals twice previously, winning the first of them, in 2016/17 against Celta Vigo (1-0 a, 1-1 h).
with Marcus Rashford scoring the winner in Spain, but losing last season against another Liga club, Sevilla, who defeated them 2-1 in a one-off encounter in neutral Cologne.
• United are unbeaten in their last 17 home games in the UEFA Europa League (W13 D4), winning five in a row before the draws this spring against Real Sociedad and Milan. They have not conceded more than once in any of their 17 home UEFA Europa League encounters since losing 2-3 to Athletic Club in the 2011/12 round of 16, keeping clean sheets in six of the last eight.
• Roma finished fifth in Serie A last term to qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage for the second season running and fourth time in all. Like United, Fonseca’s side were eliminated from the competition last season by eventual winners Sevilla, going down 2-0 in neutral Duisburg in the round of 16, which was the furthest the club had gone in the UEFA Europa League until this season – though they were UEFA Cup runners-up in 1990/91.
• The Giallorossi made it four qualifications from as many UEFA Europa League group stage participations this term, and a third as section winners. They secured this season’s round of 32 place with two group games to spare, doing the double over both Young Boys (2-1 a, 3-1 h) and CFR Cluj (5-0 h, 2-0 a) but dropping points in both games against bottom-placed CSKA-Sofia (0-0 h, 1-3 a).
• The Rome club’s handsome knockout phase successes over Braga and Shakhtar were followed by victory over Ajax, which has put them into the last four of the UEFA Europa League for the first time. It is 30 years since they last reached the semi-finals of this competition, in its former guise as the UEFA Cup, when they overcame Danish club Brøndby (0-0 a, 2-1 h) before going on to lose the two-legged final to fellow Italians Internazionale.
• Roma’s overall away record in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase is W5 D2 L2, with three wins out of three this term, though the one in Braga ended a seven-game run without a victory outside Rome in springtime European football (D1 L6).