Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final opponent Roma have major injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s first leg.
The player who will miss the draw is one United doesn’t have fond memories of.
33-year-old Spanish veteran Pedro is best remembered when he scored the opening goal for Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final win at Wembley against Sir Alex Fergusons United.
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United’s official website reports that Pedro “will likely be absent due to an injury”.
He played Ajax in both games of the quarter-finals, one as a starter and the other from the bench.
He helped beating Turin on April 18 but then missed Roma’s game against Cagliari over the weekend.
TMW reported yesterday that Pedro only trained individually, away from his teammates.
Pedro has five goals and three assists this season, and while not productive, he’s the type of seasoned big game player who can pose a threat in these games, as United found out a decade ago.
He also scored in the first minute of 2016 against United in a 4-0 win for Chelsea against a flat side of Jose Mourinho Red Devils.
Smalling could play
One of Manchester United’s 2011 defenders at Wembley was Pedro’s current Roma team-mate Chris Smalling.
Smalling returned from injury over the weekend after starting just one game since late January to early March.
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Smalling played an hour when Roma lost 3-2 to Cagliari but should be fit enough to play against United.
Roma will be without defender Gianluca Mancini due to suspension. The 25-year-old has made 36 appearances for Roma so far this season and could be a big mistake at Old Trafford.
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