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Fernandes, Pogba offer Man United glimpse of life beyond semi-finals

We are only halfway through this Europa League semi-final, but Manchester United’s place in Gdansk is assured after a magnificent second-half comeback ended fears of another potential failure at this stage.

Trailing 2-1 at half-time and looking shell-shocked after AS Roma recovered from going a goal down inside nine minutes, this looked in danger of being another humbling for Solskjaer in his bid to win a first trophy as United manager.

Two away goals could have made next week’s trip to Rome decidedly awkward. Instead, it will be a formality – barring a catastrophic performance at the Stadio Olimpico. 

That is unthinkable – particularly if United’s big players perform anything like they did in the second half at Old Trafford. 

It was the type of performance that shows the potential of Fernandes and Pogba as a midfield partnership to build on – the pair of them oozing creativity, goal threat and energy. 

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They may be the driving force to that first trophy under Solskjaer – and if the Norwegian can keep them together, who knows what more they could go on to achieve? 

That is a question for another day. This was about the here and now and United making good on their manager’s insistence that they were better prepared to reach a first final of his reign. 


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