Manchester United and Edinson Cavani both made history on Thursday as the Red Devils hammered Roma in their Europa League semi-final.
United ran out 6-2 winners in the first leg of the tie at Old Trafford, leaving Roma with a mountain to climb in the reverse fixture at Stadio Olimpico next week.
Eden Dzeko’s goal before half-time at Old Trafford last night – his eighth against United over three decades for City, Wolfsburg and Roma – had put the Italians ahead and given them what felt like a crucial second away goal.
Four times United have fallen short in semi-finals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and suddenly attempt No.5 was looking rather precarious going into next week’s return at the Stadio Olimpico.
But while Roma still have Dzeko producing the goods at the age of 35, United have a rather handy veteran striker of their own in Edinson Cavani.
Having helped set up an excellent first goal for Bruno Fernandes, the Uruguayan scored twice and won a penalty that makes the trip to Rome look a whole lot easier for Solskjaer and his players.
Substitute Mason Greenwood added a sixth goal for United to all but book their ticket to the final in Gdansk next month.
Cavani and Bruno Fernandes bagged a brace each, while Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood also got in the act as the Red Devils equalled an impressive mark in European competition dating back 57 years.
United have become the first team since Real Madrid to score six goals in a continental semi-final, with the Blancos having achieved the same feat during their run to European Cup glory in 1964.
The Manchester outfit also netted six times in Europe for the first time since beating Roma 7-1 in the Champions League back in 2007, and can now start dreaming of winning their first major trophy in four years.
The Red Devils will now have to refocus ahead of a Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Sunday, which they must win to stay in sight of runaway leaders Manchester City.
Solskjaer’s men will travel to Rome for the second leg of their Europa League encounter four days later, before preparations begin for a trip to Aston Villa on May 9.