Former Manchester United duo start for Roma in Europa League semi-final

Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan start for Roma in tonight’s Europa League semi-final first-leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The former United duo both featured against Ajax in the final of the competition in Stockholm four years ago, the club’s last piece of silverware.

Smalling has returned from a long-term knee injury and would have undoubtedly received a good reception had United supporters been in the stadium this evening.

Mkhitaryan, a goalscorer for United in the 2017 final, has reinvigorated his career in Rome and will be a threat this evening.

Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko will also be a danger to watch out for leading the line for the visitors.

Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made three changes from the side that drew at Leeds on Sunday.

David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani all return to the starting lineup, with Mason Greenwood unfortunate to drop to the bench.

Marcus Rashford keeps his place and is likely to join Pogba and Cavani in an experienced front three.

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