Solskjaer excited about cup clash

16 April 2021 17:16:40

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking forward to "a proper European tie" against Roma in the Europa League semi-finals.

Solskjaer's men ran out easy winners against Granada in the quarter-finals, with a 2-0 home win on Thursday, sealing a 4-0 aggregate victory over the Spanish side.

Roma had to work harder but a 72nd-minute goal from former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko helped them come through 3-2 on aggregate against Ajax.

Roma is a club with loads of tradition but we've done well against Italian teams before.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The first leg of the semi-final takes place at Old Trafford on 29th April and Solskjaer will be desperate to improve his cup record as United manager.

The Red Devils lost to Sevilla in the last four of last season's Europa League and they also lost in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup in 2019-20.

They reached the League Cup semi-finals once again this season, losing 2-0 to Manchester City in January, and the United boss will be taking nothing for granted against Paolo Fonseca's Roma, who are seventh in Serie A.

Asked about their semi-final opponents, Solskjaer said: "I've not really seen too much of them. I know they've had two good games against Ajax. They defend well, as Italians always do, of course.

"They're an experienced team and we all know [Edin] Dzeko, so any ball in the box is a dangerous one. It feels like a proper European tie because Roma is a club with loads of tradition but we've done well against Italian teams before. If you can finish this season with a final and a trophy that would be great."

Manchester United are?1/1 to win the Europa League with Arsenal 11/4, Villarreal?4/1 and Roma 6/1.

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