Jose: Spinazzola ‘out for a few months’

Italy defender Leonardo Spinazzola will be out “for a few months” after rupturing his Achilles tendon, says new Roma boss Jose Mourinho.

Spinazzola was one of the standout performers at Euro 2020 before he suffered a ruptured Achilles during Friday’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Belgium.

The Roma full-back pulled up as he ran forward during the second half of Italy’s victory in Munich and was visibly upset as he was stretchered off.

Mourinho admitted Roma will be without Spinazzola “for a few months” when addressing fans from the club’s pre-season preparations.

“We all feel sorry about the loss of Spinazzola for a few months but that is football and we have to be ready to start next week,” he said on Instagram.


Jose Mourinho touched down in Italy as he begins his reign as Roma manager, and received a huge welcome from the fans

The 28-year-old underwent tests at the Sant’Andrea Hospital in Rome after Friday’s game, and it was established he had suffered a “subcutaneous rupture of the left Achilles tendon”.

The injury is a major blow for Roberto Mancini’s Italy side who play Spain in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

Mourinho is currently observing Roma’s pre-season training from a distance during his quarantine period before taking up his managerial responsibilities in full on Tuesday.

Roma close to deal for Wolves’ Patricio

Roma are close to an agreement with Wolves to sign goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

The Serie A side – now managed by Jose Mourinho – are said to be nearing Wolves’ valuation of £13m for the Portugal number one.

Sky in Italy are reporting the structure of the deal could feature an initial £8.6m (€10m) payment, followed by bonuses.

Roma are looking to sell Spanish ‘keeper Pau Lopez first and talks are underway over the double sale of Lopez and attacker Cengiz Under, who was on loan at Leicester last season, to Marseille.

Patricio’s move could advance more swiftly once Lopez departs, and now that Portugal have been knocked out of the Euros by Belgium in the last 16.

Patricio, who has been at Wolves since 2018 and has just a year left on his deal, shares an agent that Mourinho has worked closely with for many years; Jorge Mendes.

He moved to Molineux from Sporting Lisbon for £16.2m in one of a significant number of deals that Mendes has done with Wolves.

New Roma manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a deal for Wolves goalkeeper Patricio

The ‘keeper has made 157 appearances for the club and kept 37 clean sheets, including 31 in the Premier League, as he impressed under the management of former boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Nuno has since left the club, however, and been replaced by Bruno Lage this summer.

Mourinho, meanwhile, took charge at Roma after being sacked by Tottenham towards the end of the season and is looking to restore his reputation in the Italian capital.

Roma in talks for Wolves’ Patricio

Roma are in talks to sign Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

The west Midlands club are asking for a fee of between £10m (€12m) and £13m (€15m) for the 33-year-old.

New head coach Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen ahead of the next Serie A season and is targeting the Portugal No 1.

Patricio, who has been at Wolves since 2018 and has just a year left on his deal, shares an agent that Mourinho has worked closely with for many years – Jorge Mendes.

Patricio moved to Molineux from Sporting Lisbon for £16.2m in one of a significant number of deals that Mendes has done with Wolves.

New Roma manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a deal for Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio

The ‘keeper has made 157 appearances for the club and kept 37 clean sheets, including 31 in the Premier League, as he impressed under the management of former boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Nuno has since left the club, however, and been replaced by Bruno Lage this summer.

Mourinho, meanwhile, took charge at Roma after being sacked by Tottenham towards the end of the season and is looking to restore his reputation in the Italian capital.

Roma in advanced Xhaka talks | Arsenal eye Neves, White

Roma are in advanced negotiations with Arsenal for the transfer of midfielder Granit Xhaka.

The Serie A club are thought to be close to Arsenal’s valuation – believed to be in the region of £21.5m (€25m) – but have yet to agree a fee.

Personal terms between the Switzerland captain and Roma are not expected to be a problem.

Xhaka was requested by new Roma boss Jose Mourinho, who was named as Paulo Fonseca’s replacement in May.

Jose Mourinho will take over at Roma next season after he was sacked by Tottenham
Jose Mourinho will take over at Roma next season after he was sacked by Tottenham

The ex-Tottenham boss is understood to be an admirer of the Switzerland international and said of Xhaka two years ago: “He is the most important man in the entire Arsenal midfield. He’s a true leader.”

Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 for a fee in the region of £30m.

He made 31 Premier League appearances during the 2020/21 season, scoring once, and has featured over 160 times in the league since his arrival five years ago.

The 28-year-old came close to leaving the Emirates Stadium in January 2020, amid reported interest from Hertha Berlin, but opted to stay in north London on that occasion.

Arsenal show interest in Neves and White

Ruben Neves celebrates his equaliser at St James's Park
Arsenal are interested in Wolves’ Ruben Neves

Arsenal technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta are working hard on potential arrivals and Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is someone they are interested in.

The Gunners are also one of a number of clubs interested in Brighton and England defender Ben White, while they also have not ruled out signing Brighton keeper Mat Ryan on a permanent deal following his loan spell at the Emirates last season.

Ryan may want assurances of game time before committing to a move.

Ben White (PA)
Arsenal are among a number of clubs interested in Ben White

Arsenal also remain in touch with Real Madrid over Martin Odegaard. The Norway international was on loan at the Emirates for the second half of last season with the Gunners looking into the possibility of signing him on a permanent deal despite the player’s valuation remaining a potential obstacle.

Lacazette, Nketiah, Nelson fates to be decided

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, centre, tries to get past Fulham's Ola Aina, right, during an English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates stadium
Alexandre Lacazette could be among a number of players leaving Arsenal this summer

The futures of Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Sead Kolasinac and Reiss Nelson will be decided in the coming weeks with all four players entering the final year of their contracts.

Other players Arsenal may consider offers for to fund their own targets this summer are Joe Willock, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin.

Willock has been linked with a move to Newcastle following a highly successful loan spell during the second half of last season.

Midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira went on loan last season and Arsenal will look to sell both players this summer.

Man Utd book EL final spot despite Roma loss

Manchester United booked their place in the Europa League final as they clinched an 8-5 aggregate win over Roma despite going down 3-2 in the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will face Villarreal at the Gdansk Arena in Poland after the Spanish side overcame Arsenal in the other semi-final following a goalless draw at the Emirates.

United extinguished any faint hope of a turnaround in the Italian capital when Cavani extended their lead (39) but quickfire second-half goals from Edin Dzeko (57) and Bryan Cristante (60) put Roma in front.

Cavani notched his second with a trademark header (68) before 19-year-old Nicola Zalewski settled the game on the night to cap an entertaining second leg – but United progress to their eighth major European final.

Cavani stoops to make it 2-2 on the night
Cavani stoops to make it 2-2 on the night

Player ratings

Roma: Mirante (6), Karsdorp (7), Smalling (6), Ibanez (6), Peres (5), Cristante (7), Mancini (6), Pedro (7), Pellegrini (7), Mkhitaryan (7), Dzeko (7).

Subs: Santon (6), Mayoral (6), Darboe (6), Zalewski (7).

Man Utd: De Gea (9), Wan-Bissaka (6), Bailly (6), Maguire (6), Shaw (6), Van de Beek (5), Fred (7), Greenwood (6), Fernandes (7), Pogba (6), Cavani (8).

Subs: Mata (n/a), Rashford (6), Telles (5), Matic (6), s (5).

Man of the match: David de Gea.

Man Utd set up Villarreal final in Gdansk

After four semi-final defeats, it is a first final for Solskjaer as United manager. His side were already in a commanding position having won the opening leg 6-2 at Old Trafford, but the Norwegian called on his players to maintain their momentum by playing with confidence heading into a hectic period of four games in eight days.

Roma sent ripples around the footballing world on Tuesday by announcing Jose Mourinho would be taking charge in the summer. The departing Paulo Fonseca said Mourinho’s impending arrival would not be a distraction, but it seemed hardly ideal preparation for the visit of United, who had become the first side since 1964 to win a European semi-final by scoring six goals.

Team news

  • Manchester United made three alterations from the first leg. Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood came in for the return fixture. Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford dropped to the bench.
  • Paulo Fonseca threw a bit of a surprise with former Chelsea winger Pedro starting. The Roma head coach adopted a 4-2-3-1 system with Pedro, Mkhitaryan and Pellegrini playing behind Dzeko. Smalling was once again at centre-back against his former club with Borja Mayoral named on the bench.

Roma needed an early goal to have any chance of staging a seismic comeback akin to the one achieved in the Champions League against Barcelona in April 2018, and they were brilliantly denied inside five minutes as David de Gea kept out Gianluca Mancini’s effort from close range.

Replays showed Mancini had handled the ball, meaning the goal would have been ruled out, but from Lorenzo Pellegrini’s resulting corner, Roger Ibanez’s flick-on was headed wide by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba heads the ball past Roma's Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed an early chance

United were struggling to settle and they were indebted to the alertness of their goalkeeper once more moments later when Rick Karsdorp dispossessed the sleeping Luke Shaw, but his low cross seeking Dzeko was intercepted by De Gea’s right boot.

After Pedro stole the ball off Paul Pogba to curl wide, Solskjaer had seen enough as he tweaked the system back to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation – and Cavani had his first sight of goal after 20 minutes as he latched onto Fred’s delicate pass only to loft his finish onto the top of the crossbar.

Chris Smalling was forced off in the first half
Chris Smalling was forced off in the first half

Roma had not heeded their warning as Cavani came close again when brilliantly played through by Bruno Fernandes but Mirante stayed big to smother his fierce goalbound shot.

Chris Smalling was withdrawn with a muscle injury as Fonseca was again forced into a first-half change – and then the scoring began. Fernandes flicked into the path of Fred, who played Cavani in behind to fire a thumping 20-yard effort past Mirante.

Brandon s and Alex Telles replaced the booked Aaron Wan-Bissaka and left-back Shaw at the break, with Roma finally finding a way through in the 57th minute. After a pass came in from the left, Pedro smashed a ball into the ground and back across goal as former Manchester City striker Dzeko headed home from close range.

Roma then claimed a 2-1 lead on the night in the 60th minute. Fred was tackled when overplaying on the edge of his own box, with Cristante firing home a superb first-time strike.

United were stunned by the quickfire double and only De Gea prevented them falling further behind.

The 30-year-old denied Dzeko from a point-blank header and then superbly stopped Pedro’s fizzing rebound from finding the back of the net.

Roma's Edin Dzeko after scoring against Manchester United
Edin Dzeko retrieves the ball after scoring

If De Gea showed his best with that double save, he knew little about the stop that denied Mkhitaryan when meeting a Pedro effort from close range.

United belatedly steadied and Cavani settled the nerves when he made it 2-2 on the night, the Uruguay striker meeting a fine cross from Fernandes with a powerful header in the 68th minute.

Roma refused to throw in the towel and found the net for a third time as the youngster Zalewski was deemed to have been fractionally onside as he met Davide Santon’s cross and volleyed beyond De Gea via a deflection off Telles. It was scant consolation over the course of the tie but no less than Roma deserved for their efforts.

What the manager said

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Manchester Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his side will need to raise their game against Villarreal in the Europa League final after defeat in the second leg of their semi against Roma.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaking to BT Sport:

“It feels good. We played one very good half at Old Trafford, which brought us through. I never like to lose a game, especially the way we did it but it was always going to be one of these games that was going to be open, with chances for both teams. It could have been 6-6 or 8-6 to them! It was a strange game of football.

“We kept losing the ball in difficult positions but luckily we have got one of the best goalkeepers in the world and luckily we have a No. 9 who wants to score goals. Edi and David, two top performances by them.

“It’s a team effort. We’ve had some ups and downs. The second half was disappointing, very poor, but we’re in the final and we’re looking forward to May 26. It’s a one-off. Anything can happen but we’ll prepare well.”

Analysis: Solskjaer deserves final date

Manchester United's Edinson Cavani (right) celebrates scoring against Roma
Cavani celebrates scoring his first goal with his United team-mates

Sky Sports’ Adam Bate:

After four semi-final defeats in four previous attempts as Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is finally into a final and despite a brief second-half scare against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico, nobody could dare deny that this was deserved over the two legs.

The United boss was taking no chances either, naming a surprisingly strong team in Rome that included Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba despite going in with a four-goal lead.

Why not, though? United’s Premier League position looks secure with rotation required anyway in the coming days given that congested fixture list. The Europa League is the priority now, offering the silverware that would signpost this team’s evident improvement.

Fred impressed in midfield at the Stadio Olimpico
Fred impressed in midfield at the Stadio Olimpico

David de Gea was busy in the Eternal City but United showed their quality in the final third. There is talk that Anthony Martial could yet return before the end of the season but it would only be the bench for him in Gdansk regardless given Cavani’s supreme form.

Fernandes was even better, his creativity remarkable. The Portuguese has transformed this club over the past 16 months but now he wants a trophy to show for it too. On this form, Solskjaer’s United should be considered warm favourites to deliver it against Villarreal.

‘Now we have to go and win it’

Harry Maguire played the full 90 minutes in Rome
Harry Maguire played the full 90 minutes in Rome

Harry Maguire speaking to BT Sport:

“It’s a great achievement. We didn’t win the game so that’s a disappointment but we did the hard work in the first leg and put ourselves in a great position.

“I felt we started the game a bit edgy – we had chances, they had chances. They played a man-to-man pressing style, which made the game end-to-end like basketball.

“In the second half, we gave them too many chances so we need to improve for the final but it’s a great achievement. We have to now go there and win it.”

Man of the match – David de Gea

David de Gea made a series of stunning saves
David de Gea made a series of stunning saves

Arsenal were unable to find a way through a resolute Villarreal defence to complete the set of English finalists in Europe’s two cup competitions, but United were grateful to their goalkeeper for avoiding a far more tense second half in Rome.

The Red Devils were rattled after Cristante has reduced the deficit to three with half an hour remaining but De Gea provided a timely reminder of the qualities which made him considered as one of the game’s finest in his position.

“We kept giving the ball away but luckily we have one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” Solskjaer said afterwards.

David De Gea


Manchester Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaps praise on goalkeeper David De Gea despite defeat to Roma in the Europa League. Solskjaer adds he can’t guarantee De Gea will start in the final.

“David was vital and was man of the match for me. He was the stand-out performer. The final is still three weeks away and we’ve got many games still to play. David has put a very good application in of course with his performance. The proof is always on the pitch. You’ve got to perform, and you keep your place in the team when you play well.”

In total, the Spaniard produced 10 saves to ensure Roma only scored on three occasions.

Clinical Cavani – Opta stats

Cavani made it six goals in six games after 39 minutes
Cavani has 16 goals in 15 Europa League appearances
  • Manchester United v Roma produced a total of 13 goals over the two legs, the biggest tally in a UEFA Cup/Europa League semi-final, and joint-second highest across two legs of any major UEFA competition semi-final, behind Eintracht Frankfurt 12-4 Rangers in the 1959-60 European Cup.
  • Manchester United have made it to their first major final in any competition under Ole Gunnar Solskjær; after suffering eliminations in all four previous cup semi-finals under the Norwegian (2x League Cup, 1x FA Cup, 1x UEFA Europa League).
  • Roma are now unbeaten in 12 European games on home soil (W8 D4), since a 0-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage in November 2018.
  • Manchester United are only the second side in UEFA Cup/Europa League history to score 8+ goals across both legs of a semi-final tie, after Alavés scored nine against Kaiserslautern in 2000-01.
  • Manchester United have progressed to their eighth major European final, with Liverpool the only English team with more (14).
  • Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has scored 16 goals in his last 15 UEFA Europa League appearances, including 15 in his last 10 starts in the competition.
  • Edinson Cavani is the first player to score 2+ goals in both legs of a two-legged semi-final in major European competition since Klaus Allofs for 1. FC Köln v KSV Waregem in the 1985-86 UEFA Cup.

What’s next?

Live Renault Super Sunday

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Manchester United now face three Premier League games in five days, starting with the trip to face Aston Villa, live on Super Sunday; coverage starts on Sky Sports Premier League at 1pm with kick-off at 2.05pm.

Roma return to Serie A action on Sunday at home to Crotone.

Man Utd’s new fixture list

Aston Villa vs Man Utd – Premier League – Sun, May 9, 2.05pm
Man Utd vs Leicester – Premier League – Tue, May 11, 6pm
Man Utd vs Liverpool – Premier League – Thu, May 13, 8.15pm
Man Utd vs Fulham – Premier League – Tue, May 18, 6pm
Wolves vs Man Utd – Premier League – Sun, May 23, 4pm
Villarreal vs Man Utd – Europa League final – Wed, May 26, 8pm

When and where is the Europa League final?

The Europa League final takes place on Wednesday, May 26 at the Gdansk Arena in Poland. The stadium was due to host the 2020 final, but after the tournament was delayed due to Covid-19, the showpiece took place in Cologne, Germany as Sevilla beat Inter 3-2.