Date: 30th April 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
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Manchester United lock horns with Roma in this high-voltage 1st leg semi-final clash of the Europa League. While Roma will have extra pressure in this game and in this competition as only a win can guarantee a place for them in next season’s Champions League, Manchester United have more or less booked a place in the elite competition because of their splendid Premier League run.
Anthony Martial suffered a knee injury while on international duty and will be missing out on this game. Defender Phil Jones too is out of reckoning because of knee injury.
Chris Smalling will be making a comeback as he has recovered from thigh muscle strains. Ibanez is expected to stage a comeback in the game after he missed out on the last game due to a red-card.
The Red Devils have been prolific right throughout the course of the Premier League and are presently occupy the 2nd position in the league, just behind Manchester City. They have registered 19 wins and 67 points so far. The Europa League has also been a success for them so far and a win in the semi-finals would propel them to the all-important final. United had won 4-0 aggregate in the quarter final against Granada.
However, Roma are presently placed 7th in Serie A and Europa League will be very crucial for them so as to book a place in the Champions League season, next year. They will be lacking momentum as they are coming on the back off a 2-3 loss against Cagliari and 2 draws against Atalanta and Torino. Carles Perez and Federico Fazio had scored goals for Roma in the previous game against Cagliari.
Probable Playing 11
Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Fred, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani
Pau Lopez; Juan Jesus, Chris Smalling, Gianluca Mancini; Bruno Peres, Amadou Diawara, Borja Mayoral, Carlos Perez; Pedro, Lorenzo Pellegrini; Edin Dzeko
Goalkeepers: Lopez, Henderson
Defenders: Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Mancini
Midfielders: Fernandes, Pogba, Pellegrini, Perez
Strikers: Cavani, Dzeko, Rashford, Mayoral
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