Roma forced into THREE first-half substitutions in bizarre spate of injuries at Manchester United

Roma forced into THREE first-half substitutions in bizarre spate of injuries against Manchester United in Europa League semi-final… with goalkeeper Pau Lopez among those forced off for the visitors

  • Roma saw three of their players forced off in the first half at Old Trafford
  • Injuries ran through the Italian side in their clash against Manchester United
  • Jordan Veretout went off injured within five minutes of the match starting
  • Goalkeeper Pau Lopez followed before Leonardo Spinazzola also pulled up

Roma were forced into three first-half substitutions in a bizarre turn of misfortune in the first leg of their Europa League semi final against Manchester United.

Jordan Veretout lasted less than five minutes for the visitors at Old Trafford, before he pulled up as he tried to run away from Luke Shaw.

The Italian side’s goalkeeper Pau Lopez made a smart save to deny Paul Pogba just before the hour mark, but he went down straight after clutching his shoulder and was unable to continue.

Jordan Veretout was forced off the pitch against Manchester United inside five minutes

Goalkeeper Pau Lopez suffered a shoulder injury saving a Paul Pogba and could not continue

Goalkeeper Pau Lopez suffered a shoulder injury saving a Paul Pogba and could not continue

Lopez tried to swing his shoulder and loosen it up in an attempt to carry on, but 37-year-old backup goalkeeper Antonio Mirante was brought on for his first European appearance of the season.

Leonardo Spinazzola was involved in Roma’s second goal with a good run down the left wing, but he became the latest player to pull up and was forced off and replaced by Bruno Peres.

It all added up to leave the two sides playing five minutes of added time at the end of the first half.  

While teams are allowed five substitutions in the Europa League, they can only be made on three separate occasions, or at half-time.

As Roma did not make any changes during the interval, the visitors will not be able to make any further substitutions during the second period. 

Leonardo Spinazzola was forced off in a big blow to the visitors after he shone in the first half

Leonardo Spinazzola was forced off in a big blow to the visitors after he shone in the first half

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Shaw says this season has been his best as aims to help Manchester United to the Europa League final

Luke Shaw says ‘this season is my best’ as the England international looks to put injury-plagued career behind him and fight towards playing in a first-ever final for Manchester United

  • Luke Shaw has had a stand-out season at left-back for Manchester United
  • Shaw’s been plagued by injuries, including two significant ones in 2015 and 2017
  • He’s never played in a cup final despite being at the club for four of them
  • The 25-year-old was on crutches when they won the Europa League final in 2017
  • They play Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final tomorrow

Luke Shaw is determined to end his best ever season by lining up in a first cup final for Manchester United.

The 25-year-old has been one of the stars of the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who host Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

United are looking to secure a shot at winning their first silverware since 2017, when Shaw was on crutches as his team-mates lifted the Europa League in Stockholm.

Luke Shaw has featured 41 times for the club this season, and he says it’s been his best

The left-back had also been ruled out of the 2016 FA Cup final through injury, while he was overlooked by Jose Mourinho for their 2017 EFL Cup triumph and 2018 FA Cup final loss.

‘Of course personally it’s massive motivation,’ said Shaw of the prospect of playing in a first final for United.

‘I’ve been quite unfortunate not to be involved in semis and finals, so of course I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night, to step out in one.

‘But from a team point of view, it’s very important. In the past we’ve missed out on a few finals and I think this season, the way we’ve been playing, the way the confidence is high, we’ve got real belief that we can reach it.

‘Like I said, it’s a massive motivation for not just me but for the whole team to reach the final.

The 25-year-old only played 11 league games in the 2017-18 season after a series of injuries

The 25-year-old only played 11 league games in the 2017-18 season after a series of injuries

‘It’s a game we’re really looking forward to tomorrow and one we’re very ready for.’

Shaw could well have a starring role to play if United are to progress to the Europa League final given his impressive performances this term.

A contender for individual awards, the full-back feels he is at a far higher level than when he was named the club’s player of the year by fans and colleagues in 2018/19.

‘The season I won the player of the year award, I think you could have just picked anyone out of a hat,’ the England international said.

‘I don’t think there was a standout person that season. I think definitely this season is my best.

‘I’m enjoying it and I need to keep working hard, keep improving and I feel like I can keep getting better and give more for the team.

‘I need to be doing that. Just keep going and keep my head down and what will come will come.’

Shaw suffered a double leg fracture after PSV's Hector Moreno attempted a tackle in 2015 in the Champions League group stages. Shaw was out for almost a year

Shaw suffered a double leg fracture after PSV’s Hector Moreno attempted a tackle in 2015 in the Champions League group stages. Shaw was out for almost a year

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