Manchester United have been cut to even money favourites in bwin’s Europa League winner odds after cruising past Granada in the quarter-finals.
United completed a 4-0 aggregate triumph over Granada when Edinson Cavani’s early volley and a late Jesus Vallejo own goal earned them a second-leg success at Old Trafford.
“It was a disciplined job, professional and not really under too much pressure,” commented Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After falling short in four other semis during his reign, Solskjaer added: “We need to make the most of it. We’ve got a chance to go to a final.
“I’ve seen the determination, the attitude in every player that we want to go one further.
“The disappointment of the defeats that we’ve had, they give us the motivation to go one step further and hopefully end the season on a high.”
Roma edged out Ajax 3-2 on aggregate after coming from behind to draw 1-1 in Italy, with former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko equalising.
Looking ahead to facing the Giallorossi, Solskjaer stated on BT Sport: “They defend well, as Italians always do.
“They are an experienced team and we all know Dzeko. So, any ball into the box is a dangerous one.
“We are looking forward to it. It feels like a proper European tie because Roma is a club with a lot of traditions and history.”
Gunners impress in Prague
Arsenal claimed an impressive 4-0 victory away to Slavia Prague, having been held to a 1-1 draw by the Czech outfit at Emirates Stadium.
Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring, Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty and Bukayo Saka also netted in a rampant first period.
Lacazette struck again in a more timid second half as the Gunners overcame opponents who had knocked out Leicester and Rangers.
Mikel Arteta said: “Credit to the players, for how they approached the game and how brave they were in their approach.
“We were brave, we were efficient, we put them under a lot of pressure – and in the final third we were really clinical. We know how important the competition is.”
Villarreal beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 on aggregate after Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno netted in a 2-1 home victory.
The Yellow Submarines faced Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League semis and 2009 quarter-finals, with the Gunners advancing on both occasions.
They are now managed by former Emirates Stadium boss Unai Emery, who is looking forward to settling old scores.
He told UEFA: “We’ve achieved this rematch by taking things a match at a time, with the belief that we’re building something beautiful.”
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