Bruno Fernandes speaks out on Man Utd facing Roma in the Europa League


Bruno Fernandes is expecting Manchester United to be tested by some of their former players when they play Roma in the Europa League.

The Red devils booked their place in the semi-final after easing to a 4-0 aggregate win over Granada on Thursday.

Roma await them after edging past Ajax, with former United players Chris Smalling and Mkhitaryan now plying their trade for the Giallorossi, along with Edin Dzeko who scored the decisive goal on the night to ensure his team got through.

Quizzed on Man United’s semi-final opponents, Fernandes told BT Sport: ‘Every team will give you a problem.

‘We know Italian teams normally play really well, they have good organisations defensively and they can create problems offensively. ‘They have good players there, some who already played in England and people here will know them.

‘But we know what we have to do when the game comes and if we do the right things we can create problems to win and create our chances to win the game.’

Fernandes was pleased with his side’s display against Granada and explained how keeping ball possession helped them silence the club.

‘It was a good game,’ said Bruno Fernandes. ‘The Europa League is always difficult to play. It doesn’t matter who you play against — we know Granada have quality – they can create something.

‘We did well. We controlled the game and had a lot of the ball. We kept the ball moving. The result shows that. ‘Now is the time for the next step and win a semi-final. [Before then] it’s time to focus on the league.’

In the other semi-final, Unai Emery will play against his former team when Villarreal take on Arsenal. First leg ties will take place on Thursday 29 April with return ties to take place the following week.


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