United hit Roma for six but Arsenal suffer

Manchester United were rampant in hammering Roma 6-2 but Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at Unai Emery's Villarreal in the other Europa League semi-final.

Bruno Fernandes and Edison Cavani scored two goals apiece as Manchester United came from behind with five second-half goals to thrash Roma 6-2 in the Europa League semi-finals.

But there was little joy for Arsenal, the other Premier League club who went down 2-1 to Villarreal.

At Old Trafford, Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring for United in the ninth minute but Lorenzo Pellegrino levelled with a penalty before Edin Dzeko put Roma ahead in the 34th.

Cavani, however, struck in the 48th and 64th minutes to tilt the tie United's way before a Fernandes penalty in the 71st added to their advantage.

Further strikes from Paul Pogba in the 75th and substitute Mason Greenwood in the 86th ensured a big win for United.

The result leaves 2017 champions United well-placed for next Thursday's second leg in Roma and a place in the May 26 final in Gdansk.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal went down in Spain in a game where both sides ended with 10 men.

The hosts led 2-0 with goals from Manu Trugeuros and captain Raul Albiol before Nicolas Pepe gave Arsenal a lifeline with a 57th-minute penalty.

It was some degree of revenge for manager Unai Emery who had a miserable and unsuccessful stint with the Gunners at Emirates Stadium.