Edinson Cavani was the star of the present as Manchester United delivered an imperious second-half efficiency to firmly set their sights on the Europa League last as they trounced Roma 6-2 at Outdated Trafford.
The Uruguayan delivered a clinic in main the road within the first leg of the semi-final, enjoying an element in FIVE of United’s six targets as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males hammered their Italian opponents in what was a masterclass in ending.
The Pink Devils received off to a surprising begin after Paul Pogba impressively wriggled into area and handed to Cavani, whose tremendous first-time ball put Bruno Fernandes by to coolly clip over onrushing goalkeeper Pau Lopez.
The hosts’ lead was brief lived, nevertheless, as simply six minutes later Pogba harshly penalised for dealing with the ball within the space.
Rick Karsdorp’s cross hit the Frenchman’s hand and, after some preliminary indecision, referee Carlos del Cerro Grande pointed to the spot and Roma skipper Lorenzo Pellegrini beat David De Gea.
Roma took a shock 2-1 lead within the 33rd minute by United’s previous foe Edin Dzeko.
Former Pink Satan Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s excellent cross put Lorenzo Pellegrini in behind, with the captain’s cross bundled dwelling by the previous City striker from shut vary as United have been punished for poor defending.
Extremely, the Bosnian frontman turned the primary participant in historical past to attain towards Manchester United at Outdated Trafford within the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.
However shortly after the interval, Solskjaer’s males have been degree and it was Cavani who received his first purpose of the sport.
Following an beautiful cross from Fernandes, the veteran striker beautfiully completed into the nook.
Former Premier League striker Dean Ashton, on talkSPORT commentary responsibility for the conflict, couldn’t cover his admiration for the end.
“Manchester United are so good in these conditions,” Ashton mentioned of the purpose. “Fernandes with a disguise cross for Cavani and I’ll inform you what, he may have simply put it within the nook however he opens his physique up and rifles it into the highest nook.
“The goalkeeper didn’t have an opportunity. Sensible, cool, killer end from Cavani.”
The previous PSG man restored United’s lead little over 15 minutes and this time his second purpose of the sport was way more easy.
He tapped dwelling from shut vary for his 12th purpose of the season after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s shot was parried into his path by the goalkeeper.
Fernandes then sealed the victory for United from the spot for his second of the after Chris Smalling was adjudged to have fouled Cavani within the field, earlier than Pogba received a deserved fifth for United following a towering header within the field to make it 5-2.
However United had no plans on placing on the footbreak as substitute Mason Greenwood latched onto an beautiful, inch-perfect cross from Cavani earlier than firing into the nook.
Solskjaer’s males now have one foot within the last and should now certainly be readying the paperwork for Cavani to signal a brand new deal.