Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to end the season on a high after Manchester United put on a Europa League semi-final against Roma.
Marcus Rashford’s strike and Bruno Fernandes’ penalty in Granada last week put the Red Devils in control of their quarter-final game against the European debutants.
United followed with another 2-0 victory on Thursday, when Edinson Cavani’s early volley and a late goal from Jesus Vallejo sealed a 4-0 aggregate triumph and the club’s 18th continental semi-final.
Roma sit between Solskjaer’s side and Gdansk’s final – a tie reminiscent of United’s remarkable 8-3 overall triumph over the Italian side in the 2007 Champions League quarter-finals.
Solskjaer was involved in both legs and Roam’s current squad includes Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling – starters when United won the Europa League in 2017.
“We lost the away game but the strangest thing was the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] was so happy after that loss – I’ve never seen him so happy after losing a game, “said the United coach, after providing an assist in the 2-1 away loss before winning the triumph 7-1 at Old Trafford.
“He was so confident that we were going to win the home game, such a surreal experience, really. We have to make the most of it. We have a chance to go to the final. Today, well done. Disciplined, professional and professional work. not really under too much pressure. “
Solskjaer is hoping to be lucky for the fifth time after United failed in four semi-finals last season.
“Hopefully,” said the Norwegian, who is looking for his first trophy at the helm. You know, when you get to a semi-final, that’s the nature of the game – you play against good teams.
“We played against good teams but we are relishing the chance to go to the final again. I have seen the determination, the attitude of each player that we want to go further.
“The disappointment of the losses we have had, they give us the motivation to go further and hopefully end the season in style.”
Paul Pogba skipped the squad in the absence of suspended Harry Maguire and provided smart help for Cavani’s opening.
But the midfielder was replaced at the end of a first half in which Granada called on him to receive a second reservation.
“I didn’t want to risk a scenario where he went into a tackle and was a little late,” Solskjaer said.
“I thought he was fair, won a few, got a few fouls against him that I didn’t think were fouls so there was no point in risking him and Donny (Van De Beek) needed a game and he did well. But Paul is a leader on and off the pitch. I have quite a few. “
Manchester United returns to the Premier League on Super sunday as they host Burnley at 4 p.m., live Sky Sports Premier League and Main event. Granada will host Eibar in La Liga next Thursday at 8 p.m.
Europa League semi-finals draw
First steps: April 29 | Return match: May 6
- Manchester United vs Rome
- Villarreal v Arsenal
When and where does the Europa League final take place?
The Europa League final will take place on Wednesday May 26 at the Gdansk Arena in Poland. The stadium was supposed to host the 2020 final, but after the tournament was delayed due to Covid-19, the centerpiece took place in Cologne, Germany, as Sevilla beat Inter 3-2.