Man Utd 6-2 Roma: Goal thriller puts Man U a step into the Europa finals
MAN UTD are in control of their Europa League semi-final against Roma after FIVE second half goals.
Bruno Fernandes put the Red Devils ahead early on but Lorenzo Pellegrini’s penalty squared the match.
And former Man City star Edin Dzeko then put the visitors in front.
But United’s Cavani then netted twice before Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty and Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood added goals.
Roma did have a huge stroke of misfortune in the first half as they were hit by three injuries, meaning they had to use up all their substitutions.
Greenwood wrapped up the night with United’s sixth goal just minutes after coming on from the bench.
Bruno Fernandes had a match of the match performance with two goals and assists respectively. The Portuguese talisman was instrumental as he gave Man United the lead in the first half.
Paul Pogba spoke about having the semi-finals wrapped up, he said: “The result is positive, but it’s not finished- we have one more leg to get through, so we’ll have to stay focused and play the next game with the same mentality.
“I would say first half, we made two mistakes and conceded two goals. We were all over the place when we conceded the second goal.
“At half-time, the manager told us to just do the simple things right and stay motivated and we did that.”
When asked about giving away a penalty, Pogba was able to see the funny side, he added: “I don’t know how to tackle, I try to tackle and be the English guy, but I will just have to practice more.
“I need to practise tackling without my arms now!
“It’s unlucky for me, I’ve been unlucky this season for penalties, so I do need to work on that.”
THE FALL OF ROMA
Five goals at the Stretford End helped United on their way to a Europa League final.
They look shattered after that performance, unsurprisingly.
Speaking on BT Sport, Owen Hargreaves said: “United were absolutely world-class in the second half, that’s one of the best performances I’ve seen of this team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
Man United go into the second leg with a four goal advantage. Will Roma be able to overcome them at home? That’s a story for next week Thursday.