Thursday April 29 2021
Dzeko's remarkable Old Trafford record

Edin Dzeko will be glad to face Manchester United again this evening, as the Roma hitman has never left Old Trafford without contributing to a goal.

The first leg of the Europa League semi-final kicks off at Old Trafford at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

The 35-year-old Bosnian is expected to start upfront rather than Borja Mayoral, as he is an old hand at facing the Red Devils.

After all, he did represent their arch-rivals Manchester City from 2011-15.

Manchester United are one of Dzeko’s career favourite victims, having put seven goals past them in just nine games.

There were also two assists, and he emerged with four wins and five defeats.

The only sides he scored more against were VfB Stuttgart with eight and Viktoria Plzen on nine.

Notably, Dzeko scored against Manchester United in both Champions League group games for Wolfsburg in 2009-10.

When playing for City, there were two braces scored at Old Trafford in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

That includes the legendary 6-1 result in October 2011 under then-coach Roberto Mancini.

Curiously, Chris Smalling – now his Roma teammate – was starting in defence for United that day.

Mario Balotelli started the match and also scored two goals, before Dzeko came off the bench to finish the job.

Dzeko has visited Old Trafford four times and contributed to a goal every time, scoring five and assisting two.