Manchester United suffer 3-2 defeat on the night to AS Roma but won 8-5 on aggregate in the Europa League semi-finals to see them through to the finals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had lost his last four semifinals during his Old Trafford reign and despite Thursday’s defeat in Rome, the Norwegian’s side progressed comfortably thanks to last week’s commanding 6-2 first leg win.
Edinson Cavani fired home a powerful finish after 39 minutes to open the scoring, but Roma found the net twice in the space of three second-half minutes through Edin Dzeko and Bryan Cristante to turn the game on its head.
United had goalkeeper David de Gea to thank for not going further behind as the Spaniard produced a string of superb saves.
Cavani headed the visitors level but 19-year-old debutant Nicola Zalewski‘s shot took a big deflection off Alex Telles to beat De Gea as Roma secured the win on the night — but it was United who were left celebrating at the final whistle.
Solskjaer’s team had tripped up in the semi-finals of two League Cups, the FA Cup and the Europa League since he succeeded Jose Mourinho in Dec. 2018, but another exit never looked likely in the Italian capital.
United will face Villarreal in the final in Gdansk on 26 May after the Spaniards beat Arsenal 2-1 on aggregate.