Uefa Europa League Semi Finals: Arsenal Face Easy Side As Manchester United face Tough Test Against Roma #UEL

Manchester United will face Roma in the Europa League semi-finals.

This will be the 18th semi-final in all European competitions (including Fairs Cup) for the Reds – with only rivals Liverpool (19) having appeared in more among English sides.

The Reds secured a 4-0 aggregate victory over Granada in Thursday night’s quarter-final tie and will now prepare to face the Serie A side.

Roma overcame Ajax in their last-eight tie thanks to a 2-1 win in the Netherlands last week and a 1-1 draw in Rome to seal a 3-2 aggregate win.

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The first leg will take place at Old Trafford on Thursday 29 April, before the Reds head to Italy for the second leg on Thursday 6 May.

Both teams will be vying to reach this season’s Europa League final in Gdansk on 26 May, which is of course the date on which we secured the Treble back in 1999.

United are, of course, familiar with the Giallorossi, having faced them six times in the Champions League across 2007 and 2008, including that memorable 7-1 quarter-final victory at Old Trafford.

Roma, who are managed by Paulo Fonseca, boast a number of familiar faces in their ranks, including two former Reds in Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Ex-Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko scored their equaliser against Ajax on Thursday night, while Pedro Rodriguez, once of Barcelona and Chelsea, also plies his trade at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Old Trafford club will now face Roma for a place in the final after they defeated Ajax 3-2 on aggregate over the course of two legs. The second-leg at the Stadio Olimpico finished 1-1 this evening, meaning Roma’s 2-1 win in the Netherlands last week was enough to see them through without too much fuss.

Arsenal will play Villarreal in the other semi-final

Manchester united vs Roma

Villarreal vs Arsenal

The first legs of the semi-finals will be staged on Thursday, April 29 and the second legs will take place a week later on Thursday, May 6.

The final is scheduled to take place in Gdansk, Poland, on Wednesday, May 26.

 

The other semi-final will be contested between Manchester United and Italian giants Roma.

United progressed to the last-four of the competition this evening with a 2-0 win over Granada CF at Old Trafford. Edinson Cavani’s second goal in as many games after just six minutes put them ahead before Jesus Vallejo netted an own-goal late on, meaning that was enough to secure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side passage to the next phase of the competition after winning last week’s first-leg 2-0.

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