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Europa League preview: A win on the cards in Milan for Manchester United

An away victory is on the cards when AC Milan play host to Manchester United in Thursday’s Europa League second-leg clash. We can feel it.

The biggest tie of the last 16 resumes on Thursday and, after drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford, there’s still a lot to play for in this Europa League match-up.

Manchester United thought they had done enough when Amad Diallo came off the bench to head in his first goal for the club after 50 minutes, but Simon Kjaer pounced to ruin our night with a stoppage-time equaliser.

AC Milan created a number of opportunities and will feel they deserved an away goal from their trip to Manchester, but all it means is United need a positive result when they meet again later this week.

For all the talk of Milan being back in a title race this season, it would only be fair to say their form domestically has slipped, a bit like ours to be honest.

Hopefully it’s another frustrating evening for Stefani Pioli and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can once again look forward to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

My bet for the match is Manchester United to win and Scott McTominay any-time goalscorer. I also fancy Rashford to get on the scoresheet if you’re looking for expertly reviewed options in the betting market. So far this season, he has scored seven goals in Europe, six in the Champions League and once in the last round of the Europa League against Real Sociedad.

United have been inconsistent at Old Trafford but brilliant away from home this season. There’s pressure ahead of this game because we’ve left it all to do in the second-leg. Something I have learned over the years following United is that we never doing things the easy way, there’s always drama (highs and lows).

Milan lost on Sunday – 1-0 at home to Napoli – which left them trailing leaders Inter by nine points in the Serie A table. Injuries have started to catch up with their threadbare squad, but four players which could include Zlatan Ibrahimovic are expected to return in time for their clash with United.

Of course, we’ve got injuries of our own to worry about.

Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were among those to miss Sunday’s 1-0 win over West Ham, but at least we’re going into this tie on the back of a victory. Milan are not – and they have failed to score in four of their previous seven matches at home in all competitions.

Match prediction: AC Milan 1-2 Manchester United

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