Ole, Ole, Ole, Oleeeee, Oleeeee.
While we are still singing the name of the baby-faced boss over at Odds Manager HQ, patience with the Manchester United faithful may wear out if he doesn’t clear this semi-final hurdle.
He has fallen in his previous four attempts in the United hot-seat, and all eyes are back on the Norwegian for Thursday’s opening leg against Roma in the Europa League’s last four.
Solskjaer has often been referred to as a man for the big occasion in his short time as a manager, but with Manchester City (x2), Chelsea and Sevilla blocking his path in previous semi-final outings, this opportunity against Roma simply must be taken.
Paulo Fonseca will have other ideas.
The dashing Portuguese has promised to “attack” United in this tie, and will be looking to breathe life into a rather patchy season in Serie A.
Who will take the spoils in this opening leg? Check out our top Odds Pick and Long Shot below…
|Fixture||Manchester United v Roma|
|Date||Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 20:00|
|Where||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|How to Watch||Live on BT Sport|
Our Top Odds Pick – Under 2.5 goals – 21/20 with Unibet
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Manchester United’s last five Europa League encounters have ended with fewer than three goals being scored.
It’s actually 10 in 14 in all competitions, with Solskjaer often accused of playing too defensively in some of the bigger matches.
Roma on the other hand are in some sticky form themselves.
They’ve won two of their last eight but managed to bag in seven of those fixtures.
You’ve got to think United will want to deny Roma the chance of an away goal on Thursday, with a safety-first approach expected by the hosts.
Under 2.5 goals looks a solid option at 21/20.
Edinson Cavani was rested at the weekend against Leeds and will be expected to return to the starting eleven under the Old Trafford floodlights.
The Uruguayan hasn’t been prolific this season, but he’s scored in three of his last four appearances for the Red Devils and gives their attack a real focus and direction.
If United are to gain an opening leg victory then we imagine the 34-year-old will be involved to some degree.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.