By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – For one horrible moment it looked as though a former Manchester City favourite was going to heap more semi-final misery on Manchester United.
Eden Dzeko’s goal before half-time at Old Trafford last night – his eighth against United over three decades for City, Wolfsburg and Roma – had put the Italians ahead and given them what felt like a crucial second away goal.
Four times United have fallen short in semi-finals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and suddenly attempt No.5 was looking rather precarious going into next week’s return at the Stadio Olimpico.
But while Roma still have Dzeko producing the goods at the age of 35, United have a rather handy veteran striker of their own in Edinson Cavani.
Having helped set up an excellent first goal for Bruno Fernandes, the Uruguayan scored twice and won a penalty that makes the trip to Rome look a whole lot easier for Solskjaer and his players.
Substitute Mason Greenwood added a sixth goal for United to all but book their ticket to the final in Gdansk next month.