Manchester United take a commanding lead into the trip to Italian capital where they will take on Roma in the return fixture of the UEFA Europa League semifinal.
The Red Devils have all but closed this tie after the first leg, leaving the rematch a formality. Nothing suggested such a scenario at the half time of the clash at the Old Trafford, though.
Despite their domestic struggles, Roma went on break with a 1-2 advantage seven days ago. It all looked better than Paulo Fonseca had imagined as Lorenzo Pellegrini and Edin Dzeko put the Giallorossi in the tie’s driving seat.
Nevertheless, the Italians produced a shockingly bad display in the final 45 minutes of the affair. They shipped five unanswered goals after the break, allowing Manchester United to cruise to a 6-2 victory at the end.
Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, and Paul Pogba were the main catalysts for United’s second-half rhapsody on the occasion. The Uruguayan forward confirmed his fantastic spell of form with a brace on the evening. He has now scored in all of his last five appearances for the team led by Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer.
Moreover, we don’t expect the Norwegian manager to make any significant changes for this second leg as he does not need to rest his star men since United’s derby against Liverpool (scheduled for Sunday) was postponed.
On the other side, Roma continued their domestic horrors with a 2-0 defeat at Sampdoria at the weekend.
Roma vs Manchester United Head-to-head
Not only are Manchester United in full control of this semifinal tie, but they are the dominant side in the history of this match-up, too.
The Red Devils have improved their H2H record against Roma as they have now won six, drawn one, and lost one of eight encounters with the Giallorossi.
The Red Devils notched nine goals in the last two clashes against the Romans.
Roma vs Manchester United Prediction
Just 2 of 225 teams have failed to keep a four-goal advantage after the first leg in the history of this competition (Europa League and UEFA Cup). We thus have more than enough reasons to call this a closed tie.
Nonetheless, we still expect Manchester United to confirm the obvious gulf in quality and see off the out-of-form opposition once again.
The away win is thus well worth backing at the odds of 1.90. We will also take the 2.20 odds on Edinson Cavani to score anytime here. The talismanic Uruguayan bagged 11 goals in 13 clashes with Roma (the majority with Napoli).
Roma vs Manchester United Betting Tips
Manchester United to win @ 1.90 odd
Edinson Cavani to score anytime @ 2.20 odd.
Match Info: Roma vs Manchester United
UEFA Europa League, Thursday, 6 May 2021
Kick-off 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico.