Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been through more ups and downs than a Blackpool rollercoaster over the last few years so he’ll feel a certain amount of sympathy for his opposite number, Paulo Fonseca, on Thursday night when Man Utd host Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.
Fonseca’s position as Roma manager feels even more precarious than Solksjaer’s has ever felt with well-sourced stories suggesting that only Europa League glory would save the Portuguese’s job.
The bookies’ odds don’t paint a good picture for Fonseca with Man Utd the 3/10 favourites with bet365* to qualify for the final and we think United will win the first leg with a one goal handicap at 10/11 with Virgin Bet.
|Match Name||Man Utd vs Roma (Europa League)|
|When||Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8 PM|
|Where||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|Best Bet||Get 10/11 on Man Utd -1 Goal Handicap @ Virgin Bet*|
|Live Streaming||Live on BT Sport|
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Man Utd are not in the position of requiring Europa League glory to seal a return to the Champions League.
As frustrating as their goalless draw with Leeds was, Solskjaer’s men are all but guaranteed second place in the Premier League table and will be looking forward to launching another attack on the European elite next season.
Solskjaer will need at least a couple of top-class reinforcements to have any chance of seriously contending in the Champions League next season but for now they look the strongest team left in the Europa League.
Roma are not without quality – Edin Dzeko, Borja Mayoral and Jordan Veretout have been especially good in the Europa League – but they are too soft defensively and are in rank form domestically.
This is a great opportunity for the Red Devils to put one foot in the final and we think they will oblige with a controlled performance in which bets on the Man Utd/Man Utd half time/full time selection return at 11/8 with Paddy Power.
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Edinson Cavani is used to coming up with the goods on big European nights.
The experienced striker may well be playing in his final UEFA competition before a return to South America in the summer and if so, he would love to go out with a bang.
Man Utd missed his poaching instincts against Leeds and Cavani can make an instant impact on his return to the starting XI by scoring first at 9/2 with bet365*.
*Please note that all odds are correct at time of article publication and are subject to change.