The draw for Europa League has brought a duel for the nostalgic. Manchester United and Milan, two of the biggest clubs in history, will face off in the round of 16 after falling apart in recent years.
What was once a high-flying Champions League showdown between two favorites for the orejona, this season will be between two teams that have stepped forward to try to return to their place. The English and the Italians fight for the league, although with more options those of Stefano Pioli, after many seasons without being able to be in the shortlist.
Of the Gattusso, Pirlo, Shevchenko, Kaka, Seedorf, Stam or Maldini there is nothing left in e Milan. The same goes for him Manchester United, which is far from rubbing shoulders with footballers of the stature of Beckham, Giggs, Ferdinand, Vidic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney or Van Nistelroy. Although, everything is said, although it is true that these names did and are already history, now it is Bruno Fernandes and Ibrahimovic who want to return these clubs to their place.
His matches, football legend
You have to throw eleven years back to remember the last time Manchester United and Milan faces were seen. It was in the Champions League, in the round of round of 16, and the English took the jack to the water. Both in the first leg, with a 2-3 over Milan at San Siro, and in the second leg, with a scandal win (4-0) at Old Trafford. The goals were scored by none other than Ronaldinho, Seedorf, Scholes, Rooney (4), Park and Fletcher.
That was a ‘vendetta’, and never better said, than the previous time they both saw each other and that meant the consecration Kaka as the best footballer on the planet. In all the semifinals the Brazilian scored two in the first leg and one in the second leg, with a scandalous goal after leaving three players. That was in the semifinals of 2007, in a Champions League that ended up taking the Milan against Liverpool in the final. The last one he won, thanks to a double from Inzaghi.
Total, Manchester United and Milan have seen each other in ten Champions League games, with five victories and five defeats for each since they will play for the first time in 1958 a semifinal that fell on the Italian side. We will now see who takes the lead in their first match in the Europa League. Melancholic people feel like it.