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Manchester United vs AC Milan Prediction & Match Preview



Manchester United vs AC Milan Prediction & Match Preview

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11 March 2021 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET Europa League Old Trafford

There will be fireworks when Manchester United and Milan take on each other at Old Trafford in the Europa League last 16, first leg. 

The Red Devils are brimming with confidence following a 2-0 win over Man City, and it is no wonder they are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s clash. 

Man Utd faced no difficulties in the double-header against Real Sociedad, and given Milan’s anything but good displays in the two-legged tie with Crvena Zvezda, home win should be considered.

Pogba and Mata remain sidelined with injuries, while Rashford should be fit to face the Rossoneri despite picking up a knock in the Manchester derby. 

Stefano Pioli’s troops are fully focused on the national championship as they are eager to put an end to Juve’s dominance in the Serie A, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Red Devils. 

All Rebic, Calhanoglu, Ibrahimovic, Bennacer, and Mandzukic have been struggling with injuries of late.

Manchester United vs AC Milan Head-to-head

Teams Manchester United AC Milan played so far 9 matches.
Manchester United won 3 direct matches. AC Milan won 3 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.00 goals per Match.

Manchester United vs AC Milan Prediction

Manchester United in actual season average scored 1.98 goals per match. In 13 (61.90%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (57.14%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

AC Milan average scored 2.10 goals per match in season 2021. In 18 (94.74%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 11 (57.89%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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There are several injury doubts in the Manchester United camp ahead of Milan's visit, with Marcus Rashford having limped off early during Sunday's Manchester derby with an ankle injury and fellow forward Edinson Cavani missing the top-of-the-table clash after aggravating an injury in training last week.

A former Europa League finalist with Ajax, Donny van de Beek has not been fit to feature in any of United's last five matches, while Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Phil Jones are all expected to miss out too.

First-choice goalkeeper David De Gea is reportedly still in Spain following the birth of his child, which would leave the door open for Dean Henderson to keep his place as the last line of defence. The promising English stopper played in both legs against Real Sociedad and the recent Premier League clashes with Crystal Palace and City, keeping clean sheets on each occasion.

Visiting manager Stefano Pioli, like his opposite number, has tended to rotate resources in the Europa League and his hand will be forced into doing so again in Manchester, as Milan are expected to be without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ismael Bennacer again. There has been some speculation of a miraculous return to action for their star striker, but his chances of a glorious return seem slim.

First-choices Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic and Theo Hernandez are in doubt too and are unlikely to be risked with the home leg coming up next week.

Recently, Pioli has offered rests to both of the previously watertight central-defensive pairing Simon Kjaer and Alessandro Romagnoli, with Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori an option to replace either man if required. Another loan signing, Diogo Dalot, could start upon returning to his parent club, covering Hernandez at left-back.

A regular fixture in continental competition this term, Rafael Leao is set to lead the line in the probable absence of Ibrahimovic and his experienced understudy Mario Mandzukic.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Cavani

AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Dalot; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Castillejo; Leao