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The best stats from United 6 Roma 2

There were trending numbers galore across the internet following Manchester United’s 6-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday evening.

The Reds’ impressive display at Old Trafford not only saw us take a huge step towards next month’s final in Gdansk but also made for some fascinating numerical reading.

So, here’s a look at some of the key stats from another memorable European night in M16…

RAMPANT AGAINST ROMA

Last night’s victory saw the Reds score six goals in a European match for the first time since our iconic 7-1 win over the same opposition back in April 2007. We also became the first team to net half a dozen in a European semi-final since Real Madrid thrashed Zurich 6-0 in the 1963/64 European Cup semi. 

HOME COMFORTS

Speaking of semi-final statistics, the Reds made it eight home games unbeaten at the last-four stage in European competitions with the victory. It means we haven’t lost at Old Trafford at this stage of a European competition since a 1-0 reverse to Borussia Dortmund in 1997, winning five and drawing three semi-final matches since.

FREE-SCORING REDS

Having put six past the Italian side, we’ve now scored five or more goals under Ole nine times since the Norwegian initially took charge in December 2018. Four of those showings have come this season, with last night’s result following on from high-scoring displays against RB Leipzig, Leeds United and Southampton already in 2020/21.

ANOTHER LANDMARK FOR MARCUS

At 23 years and 180 days old, Rashford became the youngest-ever player to make 50 European appearances for United last night. Our no.10 overtook Wayne Rooney who had previously held the record at 23 years and 341 days when he featured in a 2-1 over German side Wolfsburg back in September 2009.

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BRUNO, BRUNO, BRUNO!

Fernandes ran the show at Old Trafford and had the numbers to back it up, as his brace on the night took him to 26 goals in his first full season as a Red. Since he made his Europa League debut for Sporting in February 2018, no player has scored more goals in the competition than the Portuguese (19). The midfielder also now has nine European goals for the Reds this season, becoming the first player to hit that number since Ruud van Nistelrooy netted 14 in the 2002/03 campaign.

EDI'S ROMA RECORD 

Our Uruguayan’s second-half double took him to 10 goals in 13 career appearances against Roma, with what were also his fifth and sixth strikes in his last four Europa League games. The forward, who spent time in Italy with Palmero and Napoli between 2007 and 2013, has only struck more against Monaco (15), Bordeaux, Guingamp and Saint Etienne (all 12) in his European career.

IN-FORM MASON

Greenwood came off the bench late on to complete the scoring with what was his sixth goal in his last eight outings for United. Our no.11 has now notched the most European goals scored by a teenager in United history (7) while his 27 goals for the club before turning 20-years-old are bettered only by Norman Whiteside (39) and George Best (37).

Stats from Opta, Statman Dave and Sky Sports.

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