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The Red Devils played out a frustrating 0-0 Premier League draw against Leeds United at the weekend.
The result won’t have any effect on their top-four prospects. They need just one victory from the next five matches to secure Champions League football next term.
They are scheduled to entertain Roma in the Europa League tomorrow, and should go into the game as favourites with the Giallorossi in a poor run of form.
The Serie A outfit are winless in the previous three league matches, and could miss out on European football unless they go on to win the Europa League.
The teams have met in European competitions on six occasions. United have had the clear advantage with four wins, one draw and the solitary defeat.
Roma have lost in their previous three visits to Old Trafford, conceding nine goals. That includes the 7-1 humbling during the quarter-final stage of the 2006/07 Champions League.
This will be the first ever meeting between the clubs in the Europa League. The previous six encounters came in the Champions League between 2007 and 2008.
United are expected to be without Phil Jones, who is still working on his fitness after a knee surgery. Anthony Martial is also sidelined with a knee concern.
Marcus Rashford is nursing an ankle knock, but he is expected to feature. Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire are available after serving one-match European suspensions.
Gianluca Mancini is suspended for the clash while Nicolo Zaniolo is a long-term absentee after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on international duty in September.
Pedro and Riccardo Calafiori are also out of contention with injuries. However, Chris Smalling appears set for a reunion with United after overcoming a thigh problem.
Edin Dzeko, who has scored five goals from the previous four trips to Old Trafford, should lead the line after sitting out the 3-2 league defeat at Cagliari.
David de Gea is no longer the regular goalkeeper in the Premier League. He has started the previous two Europa League matches, and should feature against Roma. Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba are expected to return to the starting XI after cameos against Leeds.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba; Edinson Cavani
Roma (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Bryan Cristante, Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez; Rick Karsdorp, Amadou Diawara, Jordan Veretout, Leonardo Spinazzola; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Edin Dzeko
Roma possess an attacking threat with the presence of the likes of Dzeko, Borja Mayoral and former United man Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, they have struggled defensively over the course of the season, and are vulnerable to the counter-attack. United should come on top with a comfortable win.
Manchester United 3-1 Roma
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and Worldfootball.net
Stats from Transfermarkt.com