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AC Milan vs Manchester United: Preview
Europa League Round of 16 action resumes as Italian giants, AC Milan and England's most decorated club, Manchester United continue from where they left off at Old Trafford at the San Siro on a Thursday evening in the second leg.
Manchester United were exasperated after conceding a late equalizer or rather a late away goal that could turn costly for them if they fail to put up a show at the San Siro. While the club relished Amad Diallo's debut goal for the senior side, a Dean Henderson error caused agony on a challenging night.
Manchester United: Recent Form Guide
Man United managed a hard 1-0 win against West Ham United as the game witnessed a free-flowing Manchester United that failed to score beside the West Ham own goal that eventually turned out to be the winner.
The Red Devils had a lot of options on the bench too but an inexperienced bench could've fallen short against a usually robust West Ham side. The Rossoneri had a collapse finally, as they failed to outscore Napoli, and are nine points off their Milan rivals in the table.
AC Milan: Recent Form Guide
The absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not worked in the side's favor, with AC Milan clinching conquests in just two of their last nine games in all competitions.
The fully confident Stefano Pioli side seems to have lost their way and a potential Zlatan comeback in the deciding tie could come as a sigh of relief for the Rossoneri.
Man United will not only be at the San Siro fighting for a progression, but they will be against Zlatan incorporated Milan side that has been a different team altogether.
In their last six games in all competitions, AC Milan have lost one, drawn thrice, and won only twice. However, in the Europa League, they are unbeaten in their six games.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions but have managed only two triumphs, something they don't want if they want to win trophies.
AC Milan vs Manchester United: Team News
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is deemed to be fit for the clash against his former club, while the 39-year-old also took everyone by surprise, making his return to the Swedish squad for the Euros 2020. Hakan Calhanoglu and Theo Hernandez are both in contention for AC Milan and Pioli will have a healthy competition in the selection of the starting XI.
For Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also be relieved as Paul Pogba, Donny Van De Beek, Edinson Cavani are all supposed to make a return at least on the bench. David De Gea's quarantine period has ended and the Spaniard has already trained with the side, meaning he could take his spot again.
Anthony Martial is more likely to start the game after the United boss revealed that the Frenchman is supposedly well rested to feature in this high-profile clash. Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes are likely to start too.
AC Milan Predicted Playing XI
Manchester United Predicted Playing XI
AC Milan vs Manchester United: Prediction
Both, AC Milan and Manchester United are equally matched, have enough firepower, a lot of returns from injury but the away goal advantage may make a huge difference. However, Milan's away goal means they also have a lot to fight for and a high-intensity thriller is expected to be on the cards.
Manchester United have been phenomenal in their away games in the English top-flight but their performances away in European games are the prime reason why they are a part of the Europa League despite topping their group in the Champions League in the midway stage.
Hence, Sportco predicts AC Milan to proceed to the Europa League quarter-finals.