European giants United and Milan may both feel this competition is not in keeping with their grand ambitions given their European Cup successes, but winning this trophy would represent real progress for two sides who are rebuilding.
United gave their hopes of a Premier League top-four finish – and with it, Champions League qualification – a real boost by winning the Manchester derby on Sunday, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a trophy to vindicate the good work he has done in turning things rounf at Old Trafford.
As for Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has inspired a title challenge against city rivals Inter, but the Rossoneri will be without the evergreen striker for the first leg of this tie – and quite possibly the second leg back in Italy.
Date, time and venue
Manchester United vs AC Milan is scheduled for an 5:55pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, March 11, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Old Trafford.
How to watch Man United vs Milan
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT app.
Man United vs Milan team news
Dean Henderson is set to cotinue in goal for United with David De Gea in Spain. Luke Shaw starred against Man City but Solskjaer revealed the left-back only played after a late fitness check, so it would be no surprise to see Alex Telles given a chance.
Marcus Rashford picked up an ankle injury at the Etihad and could be rested, with Dan James likely to switch to the left with Mason Greenwood coming in on the right.
Milan star Ibrahimovic is injured so will miss a reunion with his former club.
Man United vs Milan predicted lineups
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Martial
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Dalot; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Castillejo; Leao
Man United vs Milan prediction
With United high on confidence off the back of that Manchester derby victory, they will fancy their chances – but their inconsistency will also offer Milan hope of taking something away from Old Trafford.
Man United vs Milan head to head (h2h) results
Last meeting: Man Utd 4-0 Milan (10/03/2010)
Man United vs Milan odds and betting tips
Man Utd to qualify: 40/85
Draw: Between 3/1 and 16/5