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Video Shows How Much Manchester United Players Were Pushing For Sixth Goal Vs Roma

Ryan Sidle

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Video Shows How Much Manchester United Players Were Pushing For Sixth Goal Vs Roma

Manchester United players weren't willing to settle for a 5-2 lead in their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night, as their celebrations showed.


At half time on Thursday night it looked like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's semi-final hoodoo was going to carry on, with United 2-1 down to Roma in the first leg at Old Trafford, and not playing well at all.

The second half was a complete turn around as the likes of Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes put together brilliant performances as the Premier League side ran out 6-2 winners.

Even with the away goals in their favour, it looks highly unlikely that the Serie A side will be about to turn things around next week in the Italian capital.

In 2018, Roma did turn round a three goal deficit against Barcelona in the Champions League, and United players were clearly desperate to make the job harder for Roma at 5-2, as Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay shouted for the players to go for the sixth goal, after Pogba had headed in the fifth.

United took the lead through Fernandes just inside the 10 minute mark as Pogba found Cavani, who laid it off to the Portuguese midfielder to beautifully lift the ball over Roma keeper Pau Lopez.

The Italian's were level six minutes later when Lorenzo Pellegrini equalised from the spot, after a controversial handball by Pogba.

Edin Dzeko scored for his third club at the Theatre of Dreams before half time to make it 2-1, thanks to excellent work from Pellegrini but the midfielder went off injured at half-time.

Pellegrini made things difficult for United in the first half. Image: PA Images
Pellegrini made things difficult for United in the first half. Image: PA Images

As has happened for much of the season, United were like a different team in the second half and it only took them three minutes to get level.

A Roma attack broke down, Solskjaer's side countered, and Fernandes returned the favour by setting up Cavani to rifle home.

Cavani added the third when Aaron Wan-Bissaka's shot was fumbled by substitute keeper Antonio Mirante, straight into the path of the Uruguayan striker.

The former PSG striker won his own controversial penalty just past the 70 minute mark when former United defender Chris Smalling, having a poor night, collided with the forward after the ball had gone past the pair.

Fernandes made it 4-2 but there was plenty of time left for more. Pogba scored his goal four minutes later, heading home from the former Sporting man's cross, before Maguire and McTominay called for more.

Greenwood makes it six! image: PA Images
Greenwood makes it six! image: PA Images

More came with just four minutes of the game left as Cavani, having an incredible game, found substitute Mason Greenwood with a brilliant ball over the top of the defence with the outside of his foot.

The 19-year-old ran with the ball into the box and made it six goals in his past eight appearances by smashing the ball beyond Mirante when clean through.

After four failed semi-finals in the past 15 months, it might finally be time for Solskjaer, Pogba, Maguire et al to book their hotels for a final!

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba, Football, Europa League, Manchester United, Serie A, Roma, Premier League

Ryan Sidle
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