Manchester United vs Roma predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Europa League semi-final tonight

Manchester United host Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday evening.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side saw off Granada, AC Milan and Real Sociedad to reach the last four, having been knocked out of the Champions League group stage, with the Norwegian desperate to win his first trophy as head coach.

Solskjaer has, however, already lost four semi-finals during his reign, including an exit against Sevilla at this stage last year, but will be confident of breaking that curse against the Italian side, who are languishing in seventh in Serie A and suffered defeat against Cagliari last weekend.

United also slipped up on the weekend, though, stuttering to a 0-0 draw against Leeds, although with the title race all but over, the squad will have already had one eye on tonight’s tie.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is it?

The match will kick-off at 8pm BST on Thursday 29 April.

How can I watch?

It will be shown live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage getting underway from 7:15pm. The match is also available to stream for its customers on the BT Sport app and website.

What is the team news?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that United have no new injury concerns ahead of the match against Roma. Anthony Martial and Phil Jones continue to be ruled out due to knee issues, but it’s good news for the Red Devils as both Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford are expected to feature.

After serving their one-match Europa League suspensions, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw are all available for the tie at Old Trafford.

Former United pair Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are available for Roma, with the Englishman starting for the first time in over a month during his side’s 3-2 defeat against Cagliari at the weekend. 

However, the Giallorossi will be without Pedro, Riccardo Calafiori and Nicolo Zaniolo who are all out with injuries. Centre-back Gianluca Mancini is also absent after being suspended.

Odds

Manchester United: 8/13

Draw: 18/5

Roma: 28/5

Possible line-ups

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani

Roma: Lopez, Cristante, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko

Prediction

Manchester United enter the tie on a strong run of form, having won five consecutive games in all competitions before their goalless draw against Leeds United on Sunday. Having consolidated second position in the Premier League, this looks set to be their only chance for silverware this season. Despite having beaten Ajax in the quarter-finals, Roma’s absentees and domestic difficulties could see the side struggle and their place in the final may rest on their second leg against United in a week’s time. Manchester United 2 -1 Roma

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