Manchester United lost 3-2 to Roma in their Europa League clash on Thursday night – but still made the Europa League final. It was a poor second half showing from the Red Devils, who with Edinson Cavani and David De Gea both shining lights. Express Sport now takes a look at four things we learned from the match.
Transfer change justified
For most of the season, United have been linked with Erling Haaland.
But, in recent weeks, it’s emerged they’re poised to reignite interest in Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho instead.
And, on Thursday night, the Red Devils saw their decision to change focus justified.
United won’t need another No 9 with Edinson Cavani in this sort of form, with the South American rolling back the years with yet another fine display where he scored twice.
Mason Greenwood was quiet on the right and it’s clear they require a specialist on that flank, with the teenager better-suited to playing down the middle.
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Fred the grafter
United have many flair players at the club.
From Cavani to Marcus Rashford, Greenwood to Bruno Fernandes, they’re never going to be short of attacking options.
But Fred flourished amid the heat of the battle, with the Brazil international demonstrating his class in the middle of the park – even if he was at fault for Roma’s second goal.
The Samba star isn’t everybody’s favourite player.
But he goes about his job diligently and, if he can produce more storming performances like this, may save Solskjaer millions on an upgrade in the process.
Certain players look leggy
Another takeaway from the match between United and Roma is it’s clear certain players need more minutes.
Donny van de Beek gave a fine showing in the middle of the park but, on several occasions, showed signs of rustiness.
And the same can be said for Alex Telles and Brandon Williams, who have both struggled for action.
The good news is that the end of the season isn’t too far away.
And United, as things stand, appear set to end the campaign in the best possible fashion now they’re officially in the Europa League final.
Scholes sends Glazers message
Speaking before the game, United legend Paul Scholes called on the Glazers to improve as owners.
“I think it’s gone past anything that the Glazers can do now because it’s that long,” he said.
“They were so disappointed, the club going into massive debt and the lack of communication is a big problem.
“They need to put something back into the community, it’s not really happened. The stadium is looking old, the stadium is looking tired.
“And to make things worse, you look across at Manchester City and I mentioned this last week, the East side of Manchester was a really rough part of Manchester.”