Europa League highlights: Man Utd 6-2 Roma – Cavani the destroyer

Ollie Irish

29th, April 2021


This was one weird match. With a little more than half an hour gone, Roma led 2-1 and it looked like Man Utd were doomed – conceding two away goals in a European knockout tie is often fatal. But, just as Man City turned up the heat in the second half in Paris last night, so United moved up through the gears after the break, scoring five (FIVE!) goals to kill the tie parrot-dead.

United’s stars were Edinson Cavani, that swashbuckling predator, and the sublime Bruno Fernandes. Both players scored twice. Paul Pogba and sub Mason Greenwood (from a delicious Cavani assist) also got on the scoresheet; Pogba was excellent – when he’s in the mood, he’s so much fun to watch.

Roma didn’t flat-out capitulate or lose their cool – it wasn’t like that – but as the game wore on, they could not cope with United’s superior fitness and movement. As I said, it was odd. The Serie A side went quietly into the Manchester night, not humbled exactly, but definitely subdued.

“No I don’t feel the job is done but it was a good job done,” Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said afterwards.

“We did well but we know they have quality.

“They scored two goals from the two chances we gave them. They didn’t have loads of chances against Ajax.

“The second half was very good.”

Man of the match: Edinson Cavani (Man Utd)

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  1. dc says:

    Surely Roma losing 3 players to injury in the first half played a role

    • nn4 says:

      it doesn’t count because Serie A blows anyway amirite? But on a serious note, Roma have been awful against top sides this season, they always find a way to blow it towards the end

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