Manchester United head to Milan needing a result to keep their hopes of Europa League glory alive tonight.
Amad Diallo’s first senior goal for United looked to have secured victory in the first leg at Old Trafford, but Simon Kjaer’s injury-time header sealed a 1-1 draw for Milan at the death – and a valuable away goal.
That late goal means United must score at least once in normal time at San Siro tonight to stand a chance of reaching the Europa League quarter-finals – though Zlatan Ibrahimovic may make his presence felt for Milan.
While United sit second in the Premier League and look likely to secure Champions League qualification via that route, one criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as manager has been that he has failed to land a trophy so far.
Winning the Europa League would seal a spot in next season’s Champions League, but would also serve to silence Solskjaer’s critics as he looks to build a squad capable of competing for top honours next term.
With kick-off at 8pm GMT, follow all the action on our live match blog.
Head to head (h2h) results
Last meeting: Man Utd 1-1 Milan (11/03/2021)
A weakened Milan left Old Trafford with a draw and an away goal last time out, and will feel they should have scored more given the amount of chances they had. However, the second leg will be a different affair and with Solskjaer having to go for it in Milan, you’d expect a strengthened United side to progress… just about.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Kessie, Meite; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Krunic; Rebic
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Rashford
Early Milan team news
As for Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available – but Rossoneri boss Stefano Pioli says the 39-year-old will not last 90 minutes so is more likely to start on the bench, especially if extra time is a prospect.
Theo Hernandez and Hakan Calhanoglu could feature having missed the first leg, while Alessandro Romagnoli, Ante Rebic, Davide Calabria and Rafael Leao will be assessed on the morning of the game.
Early Man Utd team news
Paul Pogba, Donny Van De Beek and David De Gea are in contention to return for United, but Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial will be absent. Pogba, who has not featured since February 6 due to a thigh complaint, is in the travelling squad along with Van De Beek, while De Gea is back from paternity leave.
Cavani was named in the initial 21-man group, but Solskjaer has since confirmed he will not travel after having a negative reaction in training on Wednesday. Martial is out through injury, while Eric Bailly, Juan Mata and Phil Jones are also absent. Shola Shoretire has stayed at home in order to play for the under-23s.
Man Utd squad: De Gea, Henderson, Grant, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Diallo, Fernandes, Fred, James, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Van De Beek, Greenwood, Rashford
Where to watch tonight
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 in the UK.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT website or BT app.
Europa League permutations
So, United were sitting pretty in the first leg thanks to Amad Diallo’s first senior goal for the club – but Simon Kjaer’s injury-time header sealed a 1-1 draw for Milan.
That away goal means that if it finishes 0-0 tonight, Milan go through.
A 1-1 draw would send the match to extra time and potentially a penalty shootout.
Two or more goals for United would mean that the game has to finish inside 90 minutes, while a Milan win on the night would obviously knock out Solskjaer’s side.
Hello and welcome to our live match coverage of tonight’s crucial Europa League round-of-16 second leg tie between AC Milan and Manchester United at San Siro!