Fans take to Twitter with hilarious memes after Jose Mourinho is announced as the next Roma boss

‘Say a prayer for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling’: Fans take to Twitter with hilarious memes after Jose Mourinho is announced as the next Roma boss… confirming an intriguing reunion with two of his old Manchester United stars in Serie A

Jose Mourinho’s shock appointment as the next Roma boss got Twitter talking on Tuesday afternoon – with hundreds saying their prayers for Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The pair were both frozen out of Manchester United when the Portuguese was in charge, and they will now be joined in Rome by their former boss.

In the minutes after the shock announcement, Mourinho was trending worldwide on social media, with a series of hilarious memes going viral.

Posting a video of Piers Morgan storming out of the Good Morning Britain studio, SPORTBible wrote: ‘When Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling found out that Jose Mourinho was their new manager.’

Another post included a video of a man dropping his phone, alongside the caption: ‘Smalling and Mkhitaryan when finding out the man they travelled 1300 miles to get away from is turning up to training next week.’

On the other hand, one Twitter user went for a more positive approach, claiming that Mourinho is the man to turn Smalling into ‘Smalldini’.

Other social media users looked ahead to Mourinho vs Antonio Conte, with the new Roma boss set to come up against his old foe when his side face Inter Milan.

Conte and Mourinho came to blows in the Premier League on a number of occasions previously when managing Manchester United and Chelsea. 

The Special One will take over at the Serie A giants in the summer, when current boss Paulo Fonseca leaves the club.

He was only sacked as Tottenham manager on April 19, leaving just a three-week gap between jobs for the 58-year-old. 

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Manchester United vs Roma – Europa League: Live score, lineups and updates

Manchester United vs Roma LIVE: Can Solskjaer end his semi-final curse? Rashford and Co eye first step towards the Europa League final against the Serie A side led by ex-Red Devil Chris Smalling

  • Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani
  • Roma starting XI: Lopez, Smalling, Cristante, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko 
  • Manchester United host Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final 
  • The Red Devils are looking to make their first final under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Ex-United man Chris Smalling makes his return to Old Trafford with the Italians 
  • Latest Europa League news, including fixtures and results 
  • Man United vs Roma preview: Team news, key stats and odds

Manchester United host Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final with the Red Devils looking to keep their hopes of finishing the season with a trophy alive.

The Premier League side fell at this stage of the competition last season, losing out to eventual winners Sevilla, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to make his first final as United manager.

Standing in their way is the Serie A team led by former United defender Chris Smalling, who makes his first return to Old Trafford since leaving the club permanently last summer. 

Follow Sportsmail’s KATHRYN BATTE for live Europa League coverage of Manchester United vs Roma, including scoreline, lineups and updates.  

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Chris Smalling makes his Roma return from injury just in time for a Manchester United reunion

Chris Smalling makes his Roma return from injury just in time for a Manchester United reunion in the Europa League this week… but his side fall to a defeat by Cagliari in Serie A

  • Chris Smalling made his return from injury as Roma were beaten 3-2 by Cagliari
  • Smalling could feature against his former club Manchester United on Thursday 
  • Roma boss Paulo Fonseca praised Smalling, who played first game for six weeks 

Chris Smalling made his first appearance for six weeks as Roma suffered a 3-2 defeat to Cagliari in Serie A.

The centre-back has recovered from injury just in time to face his former club Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Europa League this week. 

Smalling played 59 minutes against Cagliari and was praised by manager Paulo Fonseca for his performance. 

Chris Smalling returned from injury against Cagliari and could now face Manchester United

As reported by Football Italia, Fonseca said: ‘He did very well. It was important to get Chris at least 45 minutes of playing time, he had more than that, and I think it was positive. Now he has the chance to play against Manchester United.

‘Unfortunately, we were unable to give some playing time to all those who were coming back from injury, but Chris and Leonardo Spinazzola were the most important ones to get minutes in their legs.’

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca was full of praise for Smalling as the defender returned from injury

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca was full of praise for Smalling as the defender returned from injury

Smalling could feature against Manchester United, for whom he made 323 appearances

Smalling could feature against Manchester United, for whom he made 323 appearances

When asked whether Smalling or Bryan Cristante will start against United at Old Trafford on Thursday, Fonseca said: ‘We will see. It is possible we will use them both.’

Cagliari took the lead after just four minutes, with Charalampos Lykogiannis opening the scoring.

Carles Perez equalised for Roma but Cagliari responded, with Razvan Mari and Joao Pedro scoring before Federico Fazio got a goal back for Roma.

The result leaves Roma in seventh place in Serie A, while Cagliari are only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Smalling joined United from Fulham in 2010 and made 323 appearances for the club.

The defender won an array of trophies during his time at United, including two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League.  

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