Europe – Europa League
Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United are riding high on the back of the 2-0 victory they achieved in the Manchester derby over the weekend. Hence they will go into this match with a huge confidence that on their day, they can take down any opposition. The team has registered five clean sheets from their last six competitive matches winning 3 and drawing 3. They are also unbeaten in 15 consecutive UEFA Europa League home matches as they have won 12 and drawn 3, and have scored during both halves in their last three PL fixtures.
AC Milan returns to Old Trafford where they were crowned Champions of Europe back in 2003 when they defeated Juventus to lift the Champions League trophy. They will be looking to create more happy memories in Manchester as they look to overcome the host in other to progress in the Europa Cup competition. However they scraped past Red Star Belgrade on away goals in the last knockout phase where they play a 3-3 aggregate score line. They have only won just one of their previous 12 European knockout away games with just 1 win, 4 draws, and 7 loses.
Although their form in the league has been fantastic seeing them sit second on the log behind league leaders Inter Milan, their recent ten-game away form in all competitions has been rather disappointing, with Milan scoring two goals on eight occasions. They will need to be at their best and make the best of their chances in front of goal as the two former European champions clash.
Bruno Fernandes has been an outstanding performer for the Red Devils this season and will look to dictate play for them to ensure victory. Zlatan Ibrahimovich would have been a huge attacking threat against his former side if he was fit to play, however, Frank Kessie will be there to hold a solid midfield that will be key to the team’s securing a victory.
- Manchester United’s form in last 5 matches: WDDDW.
- AC Milan’s form in last 5 matches: WDWDL.
PREDICTION: Home/Draw and Over 1.5