The end of the football season is almost upon us and as a Roma fan I cannot wait for the season to finish. Roma must do the impossible and overturn a 6-2 aggregate scoreline to reach the final of the Europa League.
In all honesty, the tie is over, this game is just about saving face and making the tie a bit more competitive. The match and the tie over two legs were lost in the second half of the first leg in Manchester where Roma capitulated and conceded 5 unanswered second-half goals. Manchester United were relentless and ruthless in their attacking play and a wounded AS Roma could not cope.
AS Roma continued their slump on Sunday evening with an uninspiring 2-0 away defeat to Claudio Ranieri Sampdoria‘s side. This run of poor form has seen AS Roma pick up just 11 points from a possible 30. Roma was in contention for a top 4 spot in February, but this slump of poor form has seen them fall dramatically out of the race for UCL football and even fallen out of the race for a top 6 spot.
Sassuolo in 8th position and are just two points behind Roma in the league standings, Roma is in real danger of finishing the league outside the top 7. The lowest since the 2004-05 season where AS Roma finished 8th. That was a season like no other for AS Roma, went through 4 coaches after Fabio Capello and Emerson left Rome and joined the old lady of Juventus.
Two pieces of news broke today (Tuesday) regarding the future of coaches at AS Roma. On Tuesday morning it was announced that Paulo Fonseca would be leaving at the end of the season. Rumours have been swirling for months about his future at Roma. Fonseca has been recently linked with two jobs in England in the Premier League at Crystal Palace and Leeds United. Then news broke this afternoon and broke football Social Media that Jose Mourinho would be the next coach at AS Roma and not Maurizio Sarri as it was rumoured to be on Social Media.
Roma broke the internet with the news about Jose Mourinho taking over as the new AS Roma coach from next season.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-1-2)
Fuzato, Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Villar, Pellegrini, Bruno Peres, Mkhitaryan, Borja Mayoral, Dzeko.
Manchester United were rampant in the second half of the first leg and put in a very impressive attacking display against AS Roma. As Manchester United attacked at will, AS Roma weltered under the pressure of the dominant Manchester United display. Paul Pogba was back to his best playing in advance LW role allowing Luke Shaw to overload which meant Pogba can dictate play and drift inside. Roma could not handle the heat.
Manchester United was supposed to take on Liverpool on Sunday evening at Old Trafford. But the game got called off on Sunday evening after a lengthy display after fan protest which happened outside Old Trafford spilled over onto the pitch just hours before kick-off.
We all saw the footage worldwide on tv and on social media, Manchester United fans were angry and protesting about the much-maligned Glazer family ownership. In an article which has now been published on the Guardian, the plan was to get the game on Sunday delayed or abandoned and they succeeded.
PREDICTED XI | MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, Cavani.