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Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg: 3 Things We Learned as Man Utd Complete 6-2 Comeback Win Over AS Roma

Mudeet Arora
Man Utd seal incredible Europa League semi-final win over AS Roma
Man Utd seal incredible Europa League semi-final win over AS Roma / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
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Manchester United came from behind to claim a 6-2 win over AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final first leg at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Bruno opened the scoring for the Red Devils before Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a penalty to restore parity after a hand ball in the box by Paul Pogba.

Pellegrini then assisted Edin Dzeko to hand the lead to Roma at half-time.

Manchester United came all guns blazing as they restored parity early in the second half courtesy of Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan then put United in the lead just past the hour mark as the Red Devils took a 3-2 lead in the clash.

Former United defender Chris Smalling then conceded a penalty for a foul on Cavani. Fernandes stepped up and scored to hand a 4-2 advantage to Solskjaer's side.

Paul Pogba then joined the action with a sublime headed goal to make it 5-2 before substitute Mason Greenwood virtually ended the tie to hand United a 6-2 lead ahead of the second leg in Rome on May 6.

Here are the three things we learned from this semi-final clash:

1. United have an incredible attacking trio if they remain consistent

Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Manchester United
Fernandes, Cavani and Pogba ran the show against Roma / PETER CZIBORRA/Getty Images

Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are good enough to win any match on any given day for Manchester United and tonight, they did exactly that.

All three players got on the scoresheet with Bruno and Cavani scoring a brace each and Pogba scoring a goal.

Cavani and Bruno also came up with two incredible assists each, one for each other to score and then another assist each for Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood to virtually end the tie in the first leg itself.

When these three stars link-up like they do in that second half tonight, they are unstoppable.

2. AS Roma have some major issues

Paulo Fonseca, AS Roma coach
Paulo Fonseca has some major injury issues on his hand / PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Paulo Fonseca's side were leading 2-1 at half-time at Old Trafford in the Europa League semi-final.

By the time AS Roma took their lead, they had already lost two players out due to injury and they lost another before half-time.

This meant that the Giallorossi finished their quota of maximum substitutions in the first half itself.

Consistent starting XI players Jordan Veretout, Pau Lopez and Leonardo Spinazzola were out of the game due to injury by the 37th minute of the clash.

It remains to be seen if these players come back in time for the second leg but there is no doubt that one of the major reasons for their heavy defeat were those injuries.

3. Edinson Cavani is extremely critical to this United side

Edinson Cavani, Manchester United
Edinson Cavani changed the game for Manchester United against AS Roma / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Uruguayan legend Edinson Cavani was the star against Roma as he scored two and assisted two goals out of the six that United netted on the night.

Once again, he proved how important and effective he is inside the opponent's box.

Manchester United should do everything they can to ensure Cavani stays on at Old Trafford beyond this season.

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