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BETTING PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED vs ROMA

Manchester United have the perfect opportunity to end their semi-final hoodoo when they welcome Roma to Old Trafford on Thursday.

The Red Devils have not fared well in the last four of competitions recently. To be blunt, they are 0-4 when trying to advance to the finals.

With second place all but wrapped up and with it a spot in next season’s Champions League, it is time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to help spur his side past Roma and into the final of the Europa League. That would be one part of solving the puzzle of returning silverware to Old Trafford. They last won a title back in 2017 when Jose Mourinho was still present in the dugout.

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The visitors are struggling. They have one win from their last seven in the league and are ripe for another beating. Roma were humbled 3-2 against relegation threatened Cagliari last Sunday.

Manchester United are unbeaten in 17 home games in the Europa League and breezed past both Real Sociedad and Granada. In between that was a nervy tie against AC Milan.

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A dull draw against Leeds – both Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani were benched – moved the team’s unbeaten away record to 24 matches.

United fans will be aware of threat of Edin Dzeko, once on the books of rivals Manchester City.The Bosnian forward is in terrible form though … he hasn’t scored in 12 league starts.

The focus would then shift to Borja Mayoral – currently on loan from Real Madrid. Is he enough to end a historic struggle in England for the Romans? They have only registered one win in 17 tries in England.

Another familiar face on Thursday will be that of England defender Chris Smalling, who returned to action last week and is in line to start against his former employers for the first time.

Wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola and forward Stephan El Shaaraway are likely to join him but former Chelsea forward Pedro is out with a hamstring strain.

On the bench, another ex-United player could feature as Henrikh Mkhitaryan works his way to full fitness.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay will return to Europa League action after being suspended against Granada.

Solsjkaer has no new injury concerns with Marcus Rashford being deemed fit to start against Leeds.

Suggested bet: 1-0 to Manchester United at half time at 3.20

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