London/Rome, Apr 28 (EFE).- Manchester United are expected to demonstrate why they are widely considered the favorites to win the Europa League when they host a struggling Roma for the first leg of the semifinal on Thursday.
The Red Devils have been in a good form, both domestically and in Europe, as they reach the final stretch of the season in second spot in the Premier League table, although they trail their cross-town rivals Manchester City by 10 points with five games to go.
They are better positioned for glory in the Europa League having reached last-4 on on the back of four wins and two draws in the knockout stages.
“It will be a dream come true the day I can lift a trophy for this club as a manager,” Manchester United’s coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær said during a press conference ahead of Thursday’s game.
“That is what we’re building for. It is ifs and buts, but our ambition is to finish this season with a trophy and to celebrate. I know what that can mean for the group,” he added.
After missing their most recent European game due to suspension, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are expected to return to the starting lineup.
Their opponents Roma have been struggling in the Serie A, earning just one win in their last four games, including a 3-2 defeat to relegation-threatened Cagliari on Sunday.
However, they have shown good form in European competition, winning their group and knocking out Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and Ajax on their way to the semis thanks in part to the tournament top scorer Borja Mayoral (7).
They will hope to move a step closer to their maiden European title with a win against United, who defeated Roma in four of their six previous meetings, including a 7-1 thrashing in the 2006 Champions League quarterfinals.
“I remember both games, I started the first one. We dug out a very good result after the 2-1 defeat,” Solskjær said.