Cavani Shines As Manchester United Secure Foot In Europa League Final

 Manchester United came back from a first-half capitulation against Roma to record a massive 6-2 win in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night, April 29.

Edinson Cavani was simply superb during the game as he contributed two goals, two assists and won a penalty for the club which came back from 2-1 down in the first half to win this semi-final first leg with 6-2.

United were in control of the match from the start, with United starting Pogba Cavani and Rashford as a front three in front of Fernandes, Fred, and McTominay.

In the first half AS Roma made three substitutions including their goalkeeper due to injury.

Pogba executed a superb turn that left three Roma players in his wake and found Cavani whose touch just inside the area was perfect for Fernandes to lift over the advancing goalkeeper.

Just only four minutes later Pogba undid his good work by handing Roma a penalty after handling the ball while trying to block a cross from Rick Karsdorp.

David De Gea, not too good with penalties, missed Lorenzo Pellegrini’s spot-kick, despite diving the right way.

 Pogba then tried to retaliate with a long-range shot that Pau Lopez saved, however, the Roma goalkeeper dislocated his shoulder so had to be substituted.

Roma then pounced again.

The team took the lead through Edin Dzeko after hitting the ball home from close range after a slick move from the visitors.

The first half ended 2-1.

Then just three minutes after the break, Pogba found Cavani who exchanged passes with Fernandes before finishing superbly with a first-time side-footed effort into the top right-hand corner.

Aaron Wan Bissaka’s 64th-minute cross-shot was spilled by the goalkeeper and Cavani was at the right place to poach it home.

Cavani then caused a penalty after Smalling fouled him near the byline.

Fernandes calmly placed the spot-kick away and then on 75 minutes he provided the cross from Luke Shaw’s short corner for Pogba to head home and make it five goals for Manchester United.

United were not done yet.

Mason Greenwood came on to add number six after getting a great ball from Cavani with the outside of his boot to fire home.

United will now travel to Roma next week for the second leg.

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