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The Red Devils were knocked of the Carabao Cup at the penultimate stage by eventual winners Manchester City in January - taking their tally of semi-final defeats under Solskjaer to four in just 12 months, with that record also including last season’s defeat by City in the same competition plus their FA Cup loss to Chelsea and painful Europa League elimination by Sevilla.
Solskjaer will be desperate to make it fifth time lucky against Roma, with the Europa League offering the Norwegian’s last chance for silverware this term.
United have met with preciously little resistance since dropping into the competition following their Champions League exit, with big aggregate wins over LaLiga sides Real Sociedad and Granada sandwiched between a closer affair against AC Milan.
Looking to secure a positive result at Old Trafford to take back to the Italian capital for next week’s second leg is a Roma side that topped a group containing Young Boys, CFR Cluj and CSKA Sofia before brushing aside Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk and fighting hard to oust Ajax.
However, Paulo Fonseca’s Giallorossi currently sit a distant seventh in Serie A amid a three-match winless run, with Europa League success likely vital to their hopes of playing European football again next season.
Man United vs Roma date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester United vs Roma is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Old Trafford due to ongoing government restrictions regarding coronavirus.
Where to watch Man United vs Roma
TV channel: Thursday’s match is being shown live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 7:15pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers can also catch the action as it happens via the BT Sport website or app.
Man United vs Roma team news and lineups
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford; CavaniSubs: Grant, Henderson, Bailly, Mata, Greenwood, Amad, James, Telles, Matic, Williams, Tuanzebe, Van de BeekRoma XI: Lopez; Smalling, Cristante, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; DzekoSubs: Mirante, Fuzato, Villar, Santon, Mayoral, Kumbulla, Carles Perez, Bruno Perez, Ciervo, Darboe
Man United vs Roma prediction
United flattered to deceive in a dull draw against fierce rivals Leeds that was overshadowed somewhat by the Super League fiasco, though they had won each of their five matches before that trip to north Yorkshire.
They have looked untroubled since dropping into this competition and will fancy their chances of ending that run of semi-final defeats against a Roma team that have won just one of their last five games.
There will surely be no repeat of the famous 7-1 Champions League quarter-final drubbing under Sir Alex Ferguson from 14 years ago, but United are more than capable of securing a solid lead to take to the Stadio Olimpico.
2-0 home win.
Man United vs Roma head to head (h2h) results
Man United wins: 4
Roma wins: 1
Last meeting: Manchester United 1-0 Roma (09/04/2008)
Man United vs Roma betting odds and tips
Man United win: 4/7
Roma win: 11/2
Man United to win 2-0: 13/2
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