Manchester United put a woeful second half behind them to batter Roma in the Europa League on Thursday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side initially took the lead when Bruno Fernandes rounded off a really well worked team goal early on.
But Roma rallied back. The visitors scored two in quick succession through Lorenzo Pellegrini and Edin Dzeko to stun United.
Solskjaer’s side, though, returned from the break a different beast.
United scored five goals in the second half through Fernandes, Cavani, Pogba and Greenwood to put one foot firmly in Gdansk, where the Europa League final will be held.
Rashford on right
It seems, despite experimenting with numerous times in the past, Solskjaer again deployed Rashford on the right. It just simply doesn’t work.
The 23-year-old struggles to cut in the same way he does on the left and drive at goal. Mason Greenwood is a better fit, possibly even Daniel James.
It, at the very least, highlights United’s continuing right-wing problem. Going above and beyond for Jadon Sancho this summer wouldn’t be the worst tactic in the woorld.
Two holding midfielders
Solskjaer seemed so desperate to not concede away goals he started both Fred and Scott McTominay. That plan backfired in the first half when Roma put two past David De Gea.
A home tie against Roma, who, with all due respect, are not the strongest side should have been attacked.
Could Solskjaer have played Pogba deeper, Rashford on the left and Greenwood or Donny van de Beek on right? Almost certainly.
Pogba and Bruno
Despite starting two holding midfielders Solskjaer still started another two central midfielders in Pogba and Fernandes.
Through Edinson Cavani the pair linked up together beautifully for the first goal.
Technically, they’re United’s two best players and Solskjaer was right to worm them both into the side.
Pogba rounded off United’s win expertly with a header late on too.
Holding his nerve
At half-time Solskjaer surely would have been tempted to change things up and take off one of his holding midfielders. But the United boss stuck to his guns, trusted his game plan and it paid off.
United came out and scored four second half goals as they put Roma to the sword.
Whatever he said in the dressing room clearly worked.
With Cavani likely to leave this summer it would be all too easy for Solskjaer to constantly bench him.
But the United boss knows Cavani is the best man for the job in that central striker position and the Uruguayan proved he’s still one of the best in the world too.
He played vital roles in three United goals and scored two himself. A sensational performance.