Manchester United cemented their UEFA Europa League semi-final tryst with Roma in excellent fashion. The Old Trafford encounter was a game of two halves.
Despite taking the lead via Bruno Fernandes early on, United conceded a penalty to the Italians, with Lorenzo Pelegrini making no mistake. Then on, Edin Dzeko was emphatic in doubling Roma’ lead.
As such, whatever half-time talk that Ole Gunnar Solskjær gave to his lads worked wonders with goals seeping in through a Cavani brace, and goals from Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood with Fernandes adding to his tally via a predictable penalty.
Three Red Devils had a standout performance during the game.
1. Edinson Cavani
The Uruguayan striker made his rich experience known during this game. Ever the workhorse, the 34-year-old’s two goals were picturesque and opportune attempts. Moreover, his assists for Fernandes and Greenwood were the key difference of the game.
Named the Man of the Match, this display of excellent forward calibre has led to calls from multiple fans to his time at the Theatre of Dreams extended. As things stand, he is certainly their finest in-form striker.
2. Bruno Fernandes
The Portuguese maestro is simply a magnet for goal contributions. With four impactful showings this time around through goals and assists, Fernandes was at his impeccable best.
What stood out, in particular, was the manner in which he was able to shift to a more aggressive brand of football in the second half when the situation demanded it.
Games like this do beg the question as to whether United supporters have seen the best of the man.
3. Paul Pogba
Back into a consistent form, the Frenchman was a reliable presence throughout the game. Despite conceding the early penalty in unfortunate fashion, the goal he netted truly cemented United’s likely ascent into the finals in Poland.
Further still, Pogba was a dribbling maestro in the game, winning key duels and attracting plenty of shirts.
All in all, this is one of Solskjær’s finest performances and certainly sets the stage for potential silverware to end the season on.