Having exchanged memorable blows in the past, Al Hain-Cole expects the Red Devils and Pioli’s men to serve up an entertaining Europa League encounter
A heavyweight Europa League clash takes place at Old Trafford on Thursday when Manchester United host AC Milan in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
These sides were frequent adversaries in the Champions League knockout stages in previous decades, exchanging blows on three occasions as they reached a combined six finals in nine years between 2003 and 2011.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani to miss Manchester United’s Europa League last-16 first leg against AC Milan.
An ankle injury saw Rashford replaced towards the end of Sunday’s 2-0 win against Manchester City – a match veteran Cavani missed having only returned from a muscle injury at Crystal Palace last Wednesday.
Regular cup goalkeeper Dean Henderson will again play, with David De Gea absent due to personal reasons, while Donny Van De Beek, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Phil Jones remain absent.
AC Milan travel to Manchester without important players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ismael Bennacer, Theo Hernandez, Mario Mandzukic and Ante Rebic.
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Having run out 7-2 aggregate winners in the most recent encounter back in 2010, the Red Devils can be backed at with bet365 to rekindle the rivalry with another victory.
The Italians defeated this opposition en route to both the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finals and are available at to remain on course to glory in this competition with a big win here.
Six of the hosts’ last nine matches have resulted in draws and you can get odds of on them playing out yet another stalemate here.
United enters the match in the better form of the two sides, having not lost a match in all competitions since January. The Red Devils will be buoyed by a big derby victory over Manchester City over the weekend, and they’ll boast the Europa League’s top scorer since the start of last season in Bruno Fernandes (who remains at the top of the chart despite playing in the Champions League group stage with United this season).