Edin Dzeko is still going strong at the age of 35, with four goals and an assist in the UEFA Europa League this season.

With a decisive goal in the second leg of the quarter-final against Ajax, the Roma forward set up a last-four meeting with a team he knows well: “favorites” Manchester United.

Here are his thoughts:

On scoring at Old Trafford-

My first goal at Old Trafford against Manchester United is something that I’ll always remember, especially because it was the first goal of the game, my first goal in the UEFA Champions League, and my first appearance at one of the greatest stadiums in the world.

It’s one of my favorite goals. It came from a cross from the left by Makoto Hasebe. I was at the far post, and I think [Patrice] Evra was in front of me. I jumped higher and scored with my head. Not only is that one of my favorite goals, but it was a fairly beautiful goal, too.

On returning to Manchester-

Since I left Manchester City six years ago, I’ve never been back. It will be a special game for me, since it was a derby for me until a few years ago. European games, especially against those kinds of opponents, are something special.

I expect the game against Manchester United will be special for all of us, and I hope that it turns out well for us.

On how Roma can beat United-

You don’t get to play semi-finals every day. We know their strength, and Manchester United are certainly favourites, but the very fact that we’ve got to the semi-finals gives us the right to believe.

We know that we have quality, too, and first of all, as a team, we have to act as one. Then, anything is possible.

On Roma’s hopes of lifting the trophy-

When you’re playing in the semi-finals, [lifting the trophy] is certainly the ultimate aim. Maybe, at the beginning of the Europa League, you don’t think so long term, but when you’re so close it’s certainly the aim.

Ahead of us, we have one of the strongest opponents of the last 20 years in European football, and it won’t be easy at all. We’re aware of that but we don’t have to be scared. Anything is possible.


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