Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes each scored twice on Thursday to lead Manchester United 6-2 over AS Roma 6-2 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men look to have at least one foot in the final, set for May 26 in Gdansk, after rebounding from a 1-2 deficit at half time.
Eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage and with no realistic hope of overtaking Manchester City for the Premier League title, United’s only option for a trophy this season is the Europa League, a competition they won in 2017.
Fernandes got the Red Devils off the best possible start at Old Trafford, chipping the ball over advancing goalkeeper Pau Lopez in the 9th minute.
Paul Pogba’s handball allowed Lorenzo Pellegrini to equalise before the Roma skipper’s pass allowed former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko to score his sixth goal in five Old Trafford appearances to turn the tie on its head by half-time.
But United rallied after the break. Cavani levelled with a superb first-time effort before tapping the hosts back in front when substitute keeper Antonio Mirante pushed Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s angled shot into his path.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were in no mood to let their advantage slip a second time, although it took a fortunate penalty for what seemed to be an innocuous Chris Smalling tackle on Cavani to give Fernandes the chance add a fourth from the spot.
Pogba then powered home a precise header from Fernandes’ cross before Greenwood ran on to Cavani’s pass and drove home United’s sixth, making them the first side to score six goals in a major European semi-final since Real Madrid in the 1964 European Cup.