Is AC Milan vs Man United clash still one of the greatest European football contest or has their both forms left them to a mere football encounter?
Today, the two giants of European football still have it all to fight for with neither of them managing to come out on top in their first leg fixture.
Thursday night will draw the curtain on the Europa League Round of 16 stages, but not before a set of eight action-packed match-ups.
Here, we take a deep look into one of those fixtures, which is set to be contested between two vastly successful sides who went through a period of stagnation but once again appear to be heading towards their former glory.
In the first-leg clash at Old Trafford, Simon Kjaer struck deep into stoppage time to cancel out Amad Diallo’s superb no-look header as the two teams played out an all-action 1-1 draw.
AC Milan vs Man United Forms
Towards this end to the season, the Italians have stumbled a bit in the business after a formidable first half of 2020-21.
Earlier in the season, Stefano Pioli’s men carried an unbeaten run but have managed just four wins in their previous 12 outings in all competitions.
Also, the Rossoneri have another worrying fact, which is that they are winless and have failed to find the net in four of their last seven home games.
On the other hand, the English side have also found victory hard to come by lately, having won only twice in their last six games games in all competitions. Plus they scored only four times during that period.
But then, on the positive side, the Red Devils have only zero defeats in their last six games. Although any team needs the attack to function for they to see victories come by, at least United is doing considerably well on the defensive front as they have registered nine clean sheets in their previous 13 fixtures.
Additionally, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are a different beast when not playing at Old Trafford. The Manchester club are on an incredible 22-match unbeaten run away from home.
AC Milan vs Man United Team News
Milan’s veteran and former Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed the first leg against the Red Devils but is in contention to feature on Thursday night. Also, Ante Rebic, Hakan Calhanoglu, and Theo Hernandez have all returned from their injuries
While Ismael Benancer and Mario Mandzukic remain sidelined while Alessio Romagnoli is still a doubt.
On the side of the visitors, there are lots of positives as Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, and David de Gea, who missed the first leg could all feature in this reverse clash.
Notable absentees are Juan Mata and Phil Jones, who continue their prolonged time on the sideline.
AC Milan vs Man United Possible Line-Ups
AC Milan: Donnarumma, Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez, Kessie, Meite, Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Krunic, Leao.
Man United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, James, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood.
Predictions: Over to you!