MATCH PREVIEW: AC Milan vs. Manchester United

Intro – AC Milan vs. Manchester United

Manchester United travel to AC Milan for a Thursday Europa League showdown. If they want to stay alive, they need to win, especially giving up a critical late away goal the last time the two sides met.

Match Build Up

Manchester United have won each of their last two away matches against Italian opposition in European competition, most recently against Juventus in November 2018. Prior to this run they had won just three times from 16 such attempts (D3 L10). When failing to win the first leg at home, United have been eliminated from six of their last eight ties in European competition. This record includes one against Milan in 2004-05 in the UEFA Champions League.

AC Milan have won four of their five home matches against Manchester United in European competition, with each of the previous five coming within the European Cup or UEFA Champions League. Milan lost in February 2010 when they last hosted Man Utd, with Wayne Rooney scoring a brace for the visitors.

Bruno Fernandes has scored seven goals in his last seven away games in the UEFA Europa League, in a run that started in November 2018 with Sporting CP. No player has scored more away goals in the competition over this period than Fernandes (Yusuf Yazıcı, also seven).

Manchester United Team News

Manchester United doubts continue to persist over the fitness of Cavani, Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek. However, DvB is supposedly intent on heading for the exit door after struggling to get a look-in when fully fit. Anthony Martial’s absence against West Ham depleted Solskjaer’s striking options further. However, the Frenchman is understood to have a good chance of coming back for this one. Martial will likely spearhead the attack if Cavani is not passed fit, although the Uruguayan is “very likely” to be ready, according to the Red Devils boss.

David de Gea has completed a mandatory isolation period after returning from Spain to be with his newborn child. Henderson is likely to reprise his role in between the sticks in any case.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Telles; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani

TRAVELLING SQUAD: THE FULL LIST: De Gea, Henderson, Grant; Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Williams; Amad, Fernandes, Fred, James, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, van de Beek; Greenwood, Rashford.

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