An in-form Manchester United welcome AS Roma to Old Trafford on Thursday evening for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final. Two European soccer institutions will meet for the first time in more than a decade, with the Red Devils unbeaten in all but one of their previous six competitive clashes.
The Giallorossi knocked out one of the major title favorites in Ajax last time out, but a United outfit that’s suffered a single defeat in its last 21 outings presents an even more menacing threat. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side exited the Europa League race at this stage last term—one of three semi-final defeats last season—but confidence is soaring ahead of their return this time around.
What TV Channel is Manchester United-Roma on?
Solskjaer & Co. will seek to end their semi-final curse by getting off to a good start against Roma, with TUDN and UniMas handling broadcast duties from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Europa League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Manchester United vs. Roma
When: Thursday, April 29
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: TUDN, UniMas
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
United can afford to concentrate resources on their continental conquest considering a top-four finish in the Premier League looks all but assured. The team sits five points clear of Leicester City in second place, 12 points ahead of West Ham United in fifth with five games remaining.
The Red Devils looked far from their feistiest in front of goal when seeing out a goalless stalemate at Leeds United on Sunday. However, hopes remain high for Thursday after the likes of Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani started on the bench at Elland Road as Solskjaer looked to rest some of his top assets:
The Norwegian came close to lifting a major trophy in charge of his old club on several occasions least season but fell short. Having won nine titles at Old Trafford and starred in some of United’s most famous triumphs as a player, Solskjaer told the media it would be “a dream come true” to replicate that success as manager. Solskjaer riled up Roma’s supporters with comments he made after United beat Granada 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals (winning 2-0 home and away). When quizzed about their upcoming semi-final foes, he replied: “I don’t know them and I haven’t seen them play.”
Those words led the Giallorossi faithful to unfurl a poster at the training ground that read “Make sure he remembers us,” though Solskjaer has since clarified his comments and the respect he holds for Roma:
United’s last home defeat came against Sheffield United on January 27, since which they’ve managed to win seven of their 10 outings at the Theatre of Dreams. By contrast, Roma have lost their last two away fixtures and are without a win in four matches overall. Former Red Devils Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have recovered from recent injuries and should both start on Thursday. Manager Paulo Fonseca remains without injured wingers Nicolò Zaniolo and Pedro, while Gianluca Mancini is suspended for a tense first leg:
Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay each started in the draw at Leeds and will be available against Roma after being suspended for the second-leg win over Granada. Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are the only absentees for the hosts, who should start David De Gea in goal after Dean Henderson took over as the preferred No. 1 in league competition.
Former Napoli talisman Cavani in particular will hope to be in the XI given he’s scored nine times against Roma, more than any other Italian opponent in his career. Likewise, former Manchester City man Edin Dzeko is targeting a start having netted seven against United, making them his favorite English opponent.