Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised his players after they recovered from a disjointed first half display against Italian football team AS Roma to produce a phenomenal second half performance that sees them move closer to the Europa League final.

Solskjaer and his players trailed 2-1 to their Italian football visitors at the break after goals from Lorenzo Pellegrini (penalty) and EdinDzekohelped the Italians overturn the ninth minute opener from Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes. In his post-match interview with BT Sports, Solskjaer revealed how his team had to put a disappointing first half behind to produce a strong second half which produced five goals.

Manchester United are now in a strong position to qualify for the Europa League after those five goals in the second half ensured that the Red Devils ended the first leg at home with a 6-2 lead to take to the StadioOlimpico in Rome for the second leg next week Thursday.

Solskjaer also praised the impact of Uruguayan international EdinsonCavani who was the catalyst for the second half fightback and that he wants him to stay at Manchester United beyond the end of his contract this summer. The former Napoli and PSG striker scored twice in the second half to overturn the game for his team. Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and second half substitute Mason Greenwood then scored three more goals to make it a thumping victory for the Premier League team.

Manchester United are expected to see off their Italian football opponents at the end of the second half to seal an Europa League final meeting with either Arsenal or Villarreal. Spanish La Liga club Villarreal defeated Arsenal 2-1 in the first leg to leave the tie in limbo ahead of the second leg in England next week.