Manchester United host AC Milan in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 on March 11, and you can use this Betway welcome offer if you’re interested in backing United for a win with bookmakers.
The Red Devils had an easy path to the last 16 of the competition after a comfortable triumph over Real Sociedad in the previous round.
Still, their form has not been overly impressive. They managed to beat Sociedad 4-0 during the away leg at the Anoeta Stadium, but drew 0-0 at Old Trafford.
They have since played a couple of more goalless stalemates against Chelsea and Crystal Palace in the Premier League and have defeated Manchester City 2-0 in their own backyard.
The Manchester derby won’t have any significance on the title race with the Cityzens already 11 points ahead of the Red Devils, but we have certainly got the bragging rights.
On the other hand, Milan had to work hard to progress to the round of 16 of the Europa League as they only qualified on away goals after a 3-3 draw against Red Bull Belgrade.
The Rossoneri were top of the Serie A at one stage, but a run of two wins from five games sees them three points behind rivals Inter, who are now leading the standings and have a game in hand as well.
Stefano Pioli’s side defetead Hellas Verona 2-0 away from home at the weekend.
This will be the first-ever Europa League meeting between the European giants. They have faced each other in the Champions League on 10 occasions with five wins apiece.
They previously met during the round of 16 stage of the 2009/10 season. The Red Devils beat the Rossoneri 3-2 on the road before a 4-0 triumph in Manchester.
Both teams have won on the opposition ground on just one occasion. Milan’s previous victory at Old Trafford came during the last 16 stage of the 2004/05 campaign.
Where to watch the match live?
The match is likely to attract plenty of interest with two of Europe’s most famous clubs coming up against each other.
Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the game through BT Sport while CBS have the rights to cover all European matches in the United States of America.
Supersport will broadcast the round of 16 stage of the competition in Africa while BeIN Sports have the telecast rights for the Middle East countries.
In India, one can view the game through Sony Ten or the Sony Liv app. There are also several free streaming sites such as First Row Sports to catch the game.
Early Team News:
The Red Devils could be without three players for the European tie. Juan Mata and Phil Jones are sidelined with injuries while David de Gea may be doubtful. The goalkeeper is currently in Spain due to personal reasons and may need to serve a quarantine period on his return. Still, Dean Henderson has been the preferred goalkeeper for the European games and should start.
Hakan Calhanoglu, Ismael Bennacer and Mario Mandzukic are carrying minor injuries at the moment, but they could all return for the Red Devils tie. However, former United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to be ruled out of the first leg which is a big blow for the Rossoneri.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Fred, Scott McTominay; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Edinson Cavani.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Franck Kessie, Sandro Tonali; Samu Castillejo, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic; Rafael Leao.
The Red Devils have endured a tough few games where they have barely threatened the opposition goal. However, they should be up for the European tie and can be backed to get the better of the Rossoneri, who will be missing their main talisman in Zlatan.
The Swede has been a huge influence upfront with his strong hold-up play and aerial threat in the box and he would have posed a problem for the Red Devils’ backline. Instead, he won’t be available for the first leg with a thigh problem. There are no assurances that he could be available for the return leg.
Manchester United 2-0 AC Milan
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and Worldfootball.net