Man Utd put six past Roma in UEL

UEFA Europa League

Manchester United 6-2 AS Roma

Manchester United emphatically thumped AS Roma 6-2 in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.

United made three changes from the goalless draw at Leeds United, as goalkeeper David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani started.

Bruno Fernandes got United up running in the first ten minutes before a penalty from Lorenzo Pellegrini drew the visitors level and a finish from Edin Dzeko handed them the lead at halftime.

The Red Devils bounced back after the break and were all square through Cavani who went and added a second to his name as a penalty from Fernandes later on made it four.

Pogba added a fifth and it was left to substitute Mason Greenwood to compound the Italian side’s misery at the Theatre of Dreams, with the second-leg scheduled for next Thursday in Rome.

Villarreal CF 2-1 Arsenal

Arsenal’s path to the final of the UEFA Europa League suffered a blip following a 2-1 semi-final first-leg loss at the hands of Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

Eddie Nketiah was removed for the on-loan Martin Odegaard as Alexandre Lacazette missed out entirely for the Gunners.

The Yellow Submarines put the ball on the roll after five minutes through Manu Trigueros and a finish from Raul Albiol doubled their tally ahead of halftime.

More trouble followed the Gunners early in the second half as Dani Ceballos saw red before Nicolas Pepe reduced the deficit from the penalty spot.

Villarreal also ended the match with a reduced number of players ten minutes to the end after Etienne Capoue received his marching orders, but 2-1 it ended with the return-leg next Thursday.

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