Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Roma will be aiming to get their revenge on Manchester United for a heavy 6-2 loss at Old Trafford when the two teams face each other in the “Eternal City” on Thursday. The Romans experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the first leg, and, to make things even worse for the fans, they suffered a 2-0 loss to Sampdoria in their last league match. The Giallorossi’s pride will be at stake in the Stadio Olimpico clash, and we are positive that the hosts will leave their hearts on the field.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, got their job done in the first leg. The Premier League side are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s clash, and, taking everything into account, they would be happy with the share of spoils this time out. Anthony Martial should be the only absentee in the away team, while El Shaarawy, Lopez, Pedro, Spinazzola, Veretout, and Zaniolo are likely to miss the game through injuries for the home side.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Kalinic):
Nikola Kalinic is a product of Hajduk Split’s youth school. The 187-cm-tall striker scored 32 goals in 59 appearances for Hajduk at senior level and he played for the likes of Pula and Sibenik in Croatia as well. In 2009 he moved to Blackburn Rovers for fee of £6 million.
Nikola Kalinic made his Blackburn Rovers debut against Sunderland on 22 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the Riversiders against Peterborough United in the League Cup. After making 44 league appearances for Blackburn Rovers, the Croatian attacker joined Dnipro in 2011 and he played for the Ukrainian outfit until 2015.
Kalinic signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina on 15 August, 2015 and he impressed in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, scoring 12 goals in 36 games. The Fiorentina striker made two appearances for Croatia at the 2016 European Championship in France and it has to be noted that he found the net in a 2-1 win over Spain in the group stages of the competition.
Highlighted Team (Manchester United):
Over the years Manchester United have established themselves as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Red Devils have won three European Cup (Champions League) trophies and they have clinched no less than 20 Premier League titles.
A number of top-class players were part of Manchester United in the past, but, no doubt, the club’s biggest legend is coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of the team for 26 years. During Alex Ferguson’s spell at Old Trafford the club won a number of trophies, but the Red Devils have been struggling in all competitions ever since he retired. Louis van Gaal helped Manchester United win the FA Cup trophy in the 2015/2016 season, with Jese Lingard scoring the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium.
The likes of Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona are the football stars that graced Old Trafford for Manchester United.