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The Manchester United lineup that should start against Roma

Mitchell Wilks
May 4, 2021, 2:00 PM GMT+1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is within touching distance of a European final
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is within touching distance of a European final | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

After falling at the semi-final on four separate occasions last season and once already this term, Manchester United are one game away from reaching a European final.

It's not over until the fat lady sings of course, but an impressive comeback means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have one foot in the final when they take a 6-2 aggregate scoreline to Rome on Thursday.

Bruno Fernandes
United turned it around | Michael Regan/Getty Images

An injury hit and confidence shot Roma capitulated in the second half at Old Trafford, letting go of a 2-1 lead in mighty fashion. But while it feels like job done for the Red Devils, don't expect them to take their foot completely off the gas.

Here's how Solskjaer's side might look on Thursday.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Alex Telles
Alex Telles could make a rare start | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) - The Spaniard could yet play a key role in United's season as they look to cap it off with a second Europa League trophy. He'll likely have to come up big at some point soon.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) - Wan-Bissaka is steadily showing signs of improvement while moving forward, but could seriously benefit from a bit of healthy competition being signed to push him on further.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - Looking increasingly comfortable in the XI these days which is making it hard for Solskjaer to squeeze in a game for Eric Bailly. Changing things up would disrupt a good flow of form.

Harry Maguire (CB) - The skipper rarely misses a game for United. If he's available, he's in.

Alex Telles (LB) - Telles gets the nod with United probably keen to rotate where possible while not losing significant levels of quality. The Brazilian could be key on the counter.

2. Midfielders

Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes
United's midfield duo are on the same wavelength right now | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Scott McTominay (CM) - Didn't enjoy his strongest game in the first leg and was caught out of position once or twice, but is often trusted in the big games and again provides thrust on the counter.

Paul Pogba (CM) - With United likely to absorb pressure and play on the break away from home, the Frenchman drops into a deeper role for this one.

Daniel James (RM) - James has plenty to work on in order to prove he can cut the mustard at United. But as rotation options go, having such a lethal bit of pace in the squad is by no means a bad one.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - Back to his best with a productive first leg performance. Fernandes bagged twice and assisted twice, and is desperate to see his side lift that trophy come the end of May.

Marcus Rashford (LM) - Rashford plays his best football when played on the left flank and has thrived again this season despite battling injuries. Watching him pull out his book of tricks is a joy.

3. Forward

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Greenwood is oozing confidence | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Mason Greenwood (ST) - Edinson Cavani was the man in the goals during the first leg, but with such a cushion established, there is room for United to rest the veteran. Greenwood is in equally as hot form right now and popped up with the sixth in the first leg, thus gets the nod to lead the line in Italy.