With another European honour on the horizon for Manchester United, recent history must first be addressed. Although it is the fifth semi-final United have reached since January 2020, all the previous four have ended in catastrophic defeat.
This string of bad luck for the Red Devils is certain to raise pressure ahead of a vital two-legged tie against Italian giants Roma, themselves desperate to shine on the Europa League stage – and with players who have a point to prove.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS ROMA BETTING
The Reds’ recent last four hoodoo is hanging over them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were beaten by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals last year and also lost to Chelsea in the previous season’s FA Cup final four tie. United supporters also haven’t forgotten that their side reached this stage of last season’s Europa League, only to lose what was a one-legged tie against Sevilla – even after taking the lead.
Although United were shot-shy against Leeds United on Sunday, the Premier League giants have found goals easy to come by in their Europa League draws.
Bruno Fernandes’ form may not be hitting the heights of months go by but he is backed at 13/10 (2.30) to score at any time at Old Trafford and at 9/2 (5.50) to open the scoring. On the other hand, while Edison Cavani’s future may be up in the air, the elite Uruguayan striker comes in at a grounded 9/2 (5.50) to get the game’s first goal.
What is it they say, better the devil you know?
Manchester United may be well aware of the threat Roma possess, but old friends and old rivals are not going to let them have it their own way in their first leg of their Europa League fixture.
Although they were once cheered by the Old Trafford faithful, Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be out to do some damage to the chances of their their ex-employers this Thursday.
United fans won’t need reminding of Dzeko’s role in the famous 6-1 win for Manchester City. Although it may feel like a lifetime ago, Edin Dzeko will undoubtedly be keen to rekindle past rivalries, with the striker measured at 7/1 (8.00) to open the scoring. If you fancy a gamble and want to see Chris Smalling make massive headlines, the defender is 50/1 (51.00) to score the first goal.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS ROMA: EUROPA LEAGUE BETTING ODDS
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