AC Milan will aim to put their Serie A form to one side when they welcome Manchester United to the San Siro in this Europa League last-16 second leg. The tie’s finely poised following the first game at Old Trafford, with a place in Friday’s quarter-final draw up for grabs.
Where and when: San Siro – 18 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Manchester United: BT Sport
Last time: Amad Diallo scored a stunning header to open his Manchester United account after only coming on at half-time at Old Trafford last week, but Simon Kjaer’s 92nd equaliser gives Milan the edge coming into the return.
Milan v Manchester United Predictions and Preview
It may only be the Europa League, but this clash between two of the continent’s biggest names remains a fascinating proposition. Manchester United and AC Milan are both striving to get back to their levels of yesteryear, with progress to the quarter-finals of this competition at stake on Thursday night.
Milan were the more impressive team in Manchester last week. The Rossoneri were dangerous on the break and would’ve considered themselves extremely unlucky to have come away with a 1-0 defeat, as appeared to be the case heading into the final minute.
Kjaer’s late strike changed the complexion of this tie, which has taken on added significance for Milan following their domestic struggles. Stefano Pioli has seen his team run out of steam in the race for the Scudetto, with Milan now trailing local rivals Inter by nine points at the top of the Serie A table.
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Man United to win 2-1
Rashford to score first
Another defeat at home to Napoli on Sunday means Il Diavolo have only won two of their last nine matches in all competitions. Indeed, Milan drew both of their games against Red Star Belgrade in the last round of this competition, progressing on the away goals rule.
A goalless draw in this game would lead to the same outcome here, with that eventuality priced at 11/1 in the latest odds for this game. If you’re more interested in the outright market, you can back a draw with any scoreline at 5/2.
The visitors are the 23/20 favourites with William Hill in this Milan v Manchester United preview, with the Rossoneri priced at 23/10. United come into the game on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday evening, although they were far from their best again.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are susceptible to wild swings in performance levels. The Red Devils were superb in beating Manchester City the other week, but have followed that up with two below-par showings in the first leg of this tie and then again at the weekend.
This return could suit United though, who will be able to sit back a little more than last week and cause Milan problems on the break. The Reds are blessed with searing pace and they are the 8/11 favourites to qualify for the next round. Milan are 11/8 for the same bet.
One to watch for Milan: Franck Kessie looked very unfortunate to have a goal ruled out for handball last week. The Ivory Coast midfielder was excellent at Old Trafford and is 21/2 to have an opening goal allowed this time round.
One to watch for Manchester United: Marcus Rashford missed the first leg of this tie through injury but has recovered from an ankle knock. The talented Englishman is crucial in providing United’s attacking thrust, and he is 13/2 to break the deadlock on Thursday.
Long shot: Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney were the goalscorers as United beat Milan 3-2 on their last trip to the San Siro. The Red Devils are 31/1 to win by the same scoreline in these Milan v Man United predictions, rising to 155/1 with Bruno Fernandes scoring first.