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Manchester United Destroys Roma In A 8 Goal Thriller

It is not quite 7-1 but it’ll certainly do. Ole

Gunnar will travel to the Stadio

Olimpico next week confident of avoiding a fifth

consecutive semi-final exit as manager of

after a thumping 6-2 win

over , reminiscent of that emphatic victory

against the same opposition under Sir

Ferguson all those years ago.

This was not as convincing as the United

performance on that famous

quarter-final in 2007. For starters, ’s

side went in at half time trailing 2-1 and that

only tells part of the story. This was a silly

game, filled with mistakes, mishaps and madcap

passages of play but the chaos was turned in

United’s favour by brilliant individual displays

by Edinson and Bruno Fernandes.

Both finished with two goals and two assists to

their name, while also won a penalty

under a challenge from the returning Chris

Smalling. Paul and got

in on the act with a goal apiece. But you did not

need to bother keeping count to know that

United are well-placed to reach the Gdansk

final. The grin on ’s face said it all.

With qualification all but

secure, this competition now take priority

and named a strong . Only

could really complain about

his omission, missing out as started wide

on the left, with a no frills pairing of Fred and

in midfield. That decision paid

early dividends.

’s silk and steel cutting inside from that

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flank set up the sublime opening goal, one of the

finest that United have scored under .

On his first return to , Smalling was

turned then held at arm’s length as

slipped the ball into ’s feet. A majestic

first-time pass around the corner played in an

unmarked Fernandes for a dinked finish.

Yet for all his supreme ability, ’s decision-

making has been known to let him down,

particularly in his own penalty area. The

modern interpretation of the handball law has

been around long enough to know not to dive in

with your arms above your head, in what could

only be interpreted as an unnatural and

obstructive position.

As he slid in to block Rick Karsdrop’s cross with

both hands pointing towards the top tier of the

Stretford End, there was only going to be one

outcome. Pellegrini converted the spot-kick and

with that away goal from nothing,

suddenly had the upper hand in the tie. And

even though Fonseca’s players were dropping

like flies, with goalkeeper Pau Lopez joining

Jordan Veretout in coming off injured, they

would soon extend that advantage.

United had regained composure after the

penalty and largely dominated but a spell of lax

defending and a spot of uncharacteristic

positional indiscipline by

allowed to score again. With the United

right-back caught upfield, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

had time to pick out Pellegrini, was played

onside by Luke Shaw and squared across the

six-yard box. There, was waiting to score

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the sixth goal of his .

’s hopes of a short stay in Gdansk were

taking serious damage from a team that has

been inconsistent at best in this season

and was losing player after player to injury.

Leonardo Spinazzola was the latest to come off,

forcing Fonseca to use all of his three

substitution ‘windows’ inside the first half. No

further changes at half time meant the 11 leggy

that started the second half would have to

finish it too.

United smelled blood. Within three minutes,

they were level, taking advantage of Bryan

Cristante’s hare-brained positioning to spring a

counter-attack against only two members of

’s back three. As Smalling and Roger

Ibanez both occupied themselves with

Fernandes, his clipped pass was expertly

finished by the unmarked , high and into

the top right-hand corner.

Still, a more were required in order to

take the sting out of ’s away goals.

obliged. Antonio Mirante, Lopez’s 37-year-old

replacement in the visiting goal, should really

have held onto Wan-Bissaka’s tame attempt but

instead parried it directly into the path of the

Uruguayan, has proved over the last six

months in Manchester that he knows how to be

in the right place at the right time. It was a tap-

in. Advantage United.

pressed on, winning the penalty for

United’s fourth, though how much he knew

about it is debatable. There was very little in the

challenge from Smalling, slid in for a 50-50

and clashed with on the follow-through.

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Any offence may even only have happened off-

the-pitch as both slid into the advertising

hoardings but referee Carlos Grande was

certain. Fernandes, predictably, made sure from

the spot.

The United penalty taker’s form has tailed off of

late but he seemed engaged in a personal battle

with to wrack up goals and assists. A fine

cross onto ’s head took advantage of yet

more slack marking, with the fingers

pointing at Smalling in particular. Yet

would not be outdone. Four minutes from time,

a wonderful, searching pass straight into

Greenwood’s feet set up the sixth. Surely,

will not suffer another semi-final

disappointment from here.

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3 Responses

  1. Okoro samuel says:

    Up man u

  2. Davidson says:

    Good comeback

  3. Isaac says:

    Nice one

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