San Siro will dictate sentence. After the first leg, Milan and Manchester United face the return with pending tasks. Simon Kjaer’s target in injury time forced it 1-1 at Old Trafford, a result that gives the Milanese a slight advantage. At least on paper. It is expected that the English team will present a stronger image after the tedium in Manchester and mark differences against a team less used to extreme situations.
However, Milan still believe that it is possible to surprise. Even more so after meeting Stefano Pioli who will be able to have his greatest star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Milan coach indicated that the Swede is recovered from his physical problems, although it is unlikely that he will play from the start.
“His legs are not for 90 minutes, but it is an important comeback,” said the Italian coach. In addition to Ibra, Pioli recovers the Algerian midfielder Ismaël Bennacer, absent since mid-February, although he maintains the doubts of Ante Rebic, Davide Calabria, Rafael Leao and Alessio Romagnoli, all of them with discomfort.
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani will be out at United. The Uruguayan suffered from some discomfort in the last training session before traveling to Milan and will miss the duel, as will Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly. By contrast, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has David De Gea back, after being absent for several days due to his paternity, and midfielders Donny Van de Beek and Paul Pogba. Despite his return to the team, the Spanish goalkeeper is not expected to play at the San Siro, as Dean Henderson is the starting goalkeeper in the Europa League.
Both Milan and United want to go round at all costs, an achievement that would instill their morale and help them continue to grow to try to rub shoulders with the elite of the old continent again.
Milan: Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Dalot; Tonali, Kessié; Saelemaekers, Brahim Díaz, Samu Castillejo; Rafael Leao.
Coach: Stefano Pioli
ManUnited: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Alex Telles; Fred, Matić; Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood.
Coach: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Stadium: San Siro