Man Utd vs AS Roma: Who will make the Europa League final?

You know it's truly the business end of the season when you get to the semi-finals of European club competitions.The Europa League has whittled down to the final four and has produced two very intriguing ties as Arsenal take on Villarreal and former manager Unai Emery, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United will take on Serie A giants Roma.? The semi-finals are ???! ?Who will contest the final in Gdańsk? ?#UEL— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 15, 2021Both ties have got factors and narratives to them that make them far from straight forward, and there's plenty on offer between Man Utd and RomaSo who will progress? 90min breaks it down for you...Ignore Mason Greenwood, the other three are pretty

The Europa League semi-finalists – ranked

We're down to the final four of this season's Europa League and Manchester United, Arsenal, Roma and Villarreal are all at least 180 minutes from reaching a major European final.Not only does the showpiece event in Gdansk offer the opportunity for these sides to taste silverware this season, but for the majority of them it represents their only realistic opportunity of securing Champions League qualification.? The semi-finals are ???! ?Who will contest the final in Gdańsk? ?#UEL— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 15, 2021Arsenal, Roma and Villarreal are all well off the pace in the hunt for a top four spot in their respective leagues, and so Europa League glory would be huge for them given the financial riches

Mikel Arteta on facing Unai Emery & the latest on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta called predecessor Unai Emery the ‘most successful’ manager in the Europa League after the Gunners booked a place in the competition’s semi-finals where they will face Emery’s Villarreal, having thrashed Slavia Prague in the quarter-final second leg.Alexandre Lacazette took on a captain’s role in the Czech capital. The Arsenal skipper directly stared at the Slavia players, who remained standing, while taking a knee before kick-off in a powerful anti-racism protest, and went on to score twice in a 4-0 win.Lacazette ✊❤️— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 15, 2021The result, wiping out any doubts from the 1-1 first leg in London, sets up a semi-final tie against Villarreal in two weeks’ time. That means a

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Paul Pogba explain half-time substitution against Granada

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has said that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was right to substitute him at half-time during Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final second leg because the Granada players were trying to get him sent off.Pogba captained United in Harry Maguire’s absence, but what should have been a proud night for the Frenchman only lasted 45 minutes as he was withdrawn at the interval following an early yellow card.Pogba's evening as Man Utd captain lasted only 45 minutes | Stu Forster/Getty ImagesUnited already had the tie in the bag at that stage, leading 3-0 on aggregate before eventually extending that margin later on, and Pogba has no qualms about coming off in the circumstances.“There were some tackles, yellow

Twitter reacts as both Arsenal & Man Utd progress to Europa League semi-final

Just 24 hours on from the confirmation there would be two English sides in the final four of the Champions League, there'll now also be two English sides in the semi-finals of the Europa League.Both Manchester United and Arsenal progressed through to the next round of Europe's secondary competition following impressive wins over Granada and Slavia Prague respectively.Before the games had even kicked off the drama had begun as Slavia refused to take the knee - in the same week their teammate Ondrej Kudela was banned for ten matches for racially abusing Glen Kamara. You can probably tell what Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette thought of the decision...Lacazette ✊❤️— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 15, 2021Alexandre Lacazette taking the knee

Arsenal’s youngsters stand up to be counted when they needed them most

Much has been made of Arsenal's reliance on their budding youngster's this season, with their frankly abysmal campaign glossed over a little thanks to the emergence of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in particular.While the pair have carried their side at times this season, you only have to look at the Gunners' league position to work out that they've not carried them very far.SAKA THAT IS CLASS! ?A fantastic start to the game for Arsenal who have scored THREE early goals! ???#UEL— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 15, 2021And that's not a criticism of them - far from it - but more of a dig at the club's elder statesmen who haven't pulled their weight. In fact,

Manchester United 2-0 Granada: Player ratings as Red Devils cruise into Europa League semi-finals

An Edinson Cavani strike and a Jesus Vallejo own goal gave Manchester United a comfortable 2-0 win over Granada on Thursday night, securing the Red Devils' spot in the Europa League semi-finals with a 4-0 aggregate score against their Spanish opposition.The hosts wasted no time in venturing forward and grabbed the opener within just six minutes. Paul Pogba superbly headed Alex Telles' cross into the path of Cavani, who clinically swept the ball into the bottom corner on the volley.A first European goal in Manchester United colours for Edinson Cavani! ?You just can't give the Uruguayan space like that!A cracking finish! ?#UEL— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 15, 2021The blistering start to the game wasn't a precursor to

Slavia Prague 0-4 Arsenal: Player ratings as first half blitz sees Gunners progress

Arsenal blew Slavia Prague away thanks in no small part to three goals in six first-half minutes to secure their place in the semi-final of the Europa League on Thursday night, as Mikel Arteta's side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.After Emile Smith Rowe's early strike was ruled out for offside, the Gunners finally took the lead thanks to a lovely bit of play from Nicolas Pepe. The Ivory Coast international did brilliantly to stay on his feet having ridden a couple of challenges before firing high into the Slavia net.SAKA THAT IS CLASS! ?A fantastic start to the game for Arsenal who have scored THREE early goals! ???#UEL— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 15, 2021Just a few minutes

Arsenal’s trip to Slavia Prague is their biggest game in a decade

Arsenal travel to Slavia Prague for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night for what is arguably their biggest game in a decade. Out of context, that sounds utterly ridiculous - given they were contesting the Europa League final against Chelsea two years ago - but it's a reflection of the ongoing turmoil at the Emirates Stadium, and highlights the need for head coach Mikel Arteta to continue delivering European football in north London. Domestically, Arsenal have been woeful during 2020/21. They are languishing in mid-table - which for a club of their size and storied history is completely unacceptable - and as a result, the Gunners are facing the very real prospect of failing to qualify

The top 5 breakthrough young players in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League

The UEFA Europa League is one of the most exciting competitions in the world, not only for the standard of football that is on display, but also because it has long provided clubs with an opportunity to blood the next generation of young talent.Squad rotation and the development of youngsters has become increasingly more important in the modern European game, exposing the stars of tomorrow to a meaningful, competitive environment far beyond anything offered at domestic level.[embedded content]The young players who have made their name in the 2020/21 competition is the subject of the latest UEFA Europa League Breakfast Show, presented by official tournament partner, Kia. This week's edition featured broadcaster James Allcott, who helped pick out the top five

The Arsenal lineup that should start against Slavia Prague

Arsenal return to Europa League action on Thursday night, travelling to Slavia Prague to play out the second leg of their quarter-final tie, with the aggregate score finely balanced at 1-1. The Gunners finally got back to winning ways last time out, securing their first victory in five matches courtesy of a convincing 3-0 beating of Sheffield United. Alexandre Lacazette returned to the scoresheet with a brace, while Gabriel Martinelli also notched at Bramall Lane. That win still leaves them ten points off the Premier League's top four, meaning Europa League success is their only path to Champions League football next season.Slavia Prague have continued their sensational domestic form since the first leg, beating city rivals Sparta to move 17

The Manchester United lineup that should start against Granada

Manchester United hope to secure a Europa League semi-final place for the second consecutive season when they take on Granada in their second leg clash at Old Trafford.The Red Devils hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg thanks to goals from star duo Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, meaning they are heavy favourites to progress through to the next round.With Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay all suspended, plus Rashford nursing injuries, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must rotate his team but still ensure he has enough quality to see off their plucky La Liga adversaries.Here's 90min's predicted United lineup.David De Gea should return to the lineup | Soccrates Images/Getty ImagesDavid De Gea (GK) - The Spaniard finds himself behind

Man Utd’s Europa League streaker story is even weirder than you thought

We've all found ourselves twiddling our thumbs, desperately searching for things to do over the past year - and in many ways lockdown has forced us to become even more experimental as we try to find entertainment.Some of us have taken up a new hobby, others have dedicated their free time to helping out in the community, and some of us have decided to sneak into football stadiums and hide under a canvas for 14 hours before running around the pitch b*llock naked during the game.Well, one fella has anyway.Related ArticlesThe Manchester United lineup that should start against GranadaPredicted Manchester United starting lineup for Europa League quarter-final first leg against Granada - including Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood & Dean Henderson.Jamie

Arsenal meltdown following Slavia Prague draw is embarrassingly premature

Arsenal's UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg ended in disappointing fashion but despite the online meltdown, the calls from some for Mikel Arteta to be sacked and the general toxicity that seems to follow every defeat - the Gunners still stand a great chance of progressing to the last four.It was a night of missed chances and, frustratingly for the club's faithful, that's been the story far too often this season. Bukayo Saka spurned a guilt-edged opportunity in the first half from which he shot wide and Alexandre Lacazette, despite racing through on goal with what seemed like all the time in the world, struck the crossbar. They weren't the only chances Arteta will look back on with regret, but

Arsenal legends blast defiant Mikel Arteta after Slavia Prague setback

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is sure that the Gunners can still progress to the Europa League semi-finals after conceding a late equaliser against Slavia Prague in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, but his tactical decisions in the game have drawn anger from fans and club legends.Arsenal had plenty of chances in the game but failed to test Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar. Even when Alexandre Lacazette was through on goal with a whole half of a pitch to run into, the Frenchman struck his effort against the crossbar.Arsenal didn't take the lead until after late substitutions | Julian Finney/Getty ImagesArteta eventually made changes, bringing on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe for the final 15 minutes. It

Granit Xhaka shows he’s got the heart for the fight in Arsenal’s draw with Slavia Prague

Granit Xhaka's Arsenal career has hardly been stellar since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium in 2016.In many ways, the Switzerland international probably owes the fact he's still at the club to the pure lack of options available to Mikel Arteta and his predecessors.Let's be honest, getting substituted and throwing the captain's armband on the floor in disgust in front of your own fans is a pretty hard thing to come back from at most clubs.Granit Xhaka is a regular feature when it comes to discussing Arsenal's flaws | Julian Finney/Getty ImagesRegardless of the reason why he's still in north London, he's been afforded more than his fair share of opportunities to work his way back into the good books

Arsenal 1-1 Slavia Prague: Player ratings as late goal denies Gunners advantage

A late Tomas Holes goal denied Arsenal a slender lead at the halfway point of their Europa League quarter-final tie with Slavia Prague on Thursday night, with Mikel Arteta's side forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.A turgid first half never really looked like sparking into life, with Bukayo Saka's left-footed effort that drifted harmlessly wide of the post the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock.The Gunners came within inches of taking the lead early in the second half as Willian whipped a free-kick over the wall and clattered the outside of the post, before Alexandre Lacazette did likewise when it almost looked easier to score having been afforded the freedom of the Slavia half.NICO! THERE IT IS!

The top 5 UEFA Europa League experiences

There are a lot of things which make the UEFA Europa League special, but one of the best things about the competition is the sheer variety of cultures and atmospheres on offer each and every season.The weird and wonderful vibes on show is the subject of this week's UEFA Europa League Breakfast Show, presented by official tournament partner, Kia. This week's show features broadcaster Ben Haines, who took a stroll down memory lane to offer up some of the best experiences around in the Europa League.[embedded content]Here are the five things that top the Europa League billing.Benfica's eagle makes for special viewing | Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty ImagesMost teams across Europe do what they can to build tension before their

Manchester United’s erratic home form means they must take the game to Granada

Manchester United have reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League without winning a home game in the competition this season, albeit having only entered after the group stage.That is still consecutive home knockout games against Real Sociedad and AC Milan, ties which United obviously won overall on aggregate, without being victorious at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have got to the last eight based on their ability to win away from home instead.Man Utd have won both Europa League away legs so far | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty ImagesIt is perhaps fortunate then that United’s first leg against quarter-final opponent Granada is being played in Spain. Two rounds ago, United ran out 4-0 winners on neutral soil in what should have

UEFA Confirms Plans to Finish 2019/20 Champions League & Europa League Seasons

UEFA Confirms Plans to Finish 2019/20 Champions League & Europa League Seasons

UEFA have announced the 2019/20 Champions League will be completed as a straight knockout mini-tournament in Lisbon over a 12-day period in August, with the 2020 final to be played at Benfica's Estadio da Luz in the Portuguese capital on Sunday 23 August. Sporting CP's Estadio Jose Alvalade nearby will serve as a secondary venue for the competition. Estadio da Luz will now host the 2020 Champions League final The remaining last 16 legs will be concluded a few days earlier on 7-8 August, although a decision still needs to be made as to whether those games will also be played in Portugal or at their original locations. If they are moved to Portugal, stadiums in Porto and Guimaraes will be used in