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The first leg was a finely balanced affair and neither side can complain too much about the result, even if Milan left if late on to snatch the stalemate.
Both teams suffered from injuries on that occasion and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope to have David De Gea, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani back on Thursday, though it may come too soon for some of them.
Milan were without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Mandzukic and Ante Rebic in attack, as well as Hakan Calhanoglu and Theo Hernandez. Aside from Croatian veteran Mandzukic, those should all be available to Stefan Pioli, while even Ismael Bennacer could be fit this time around.
However, star man Ibrahimovic, who has just been recalled to the Sweden setup at the ripe old age of 39, is only expected to be fit enough for the bench against his former club.
Although Milan had a number of players return this weekend, their domestic campaign suffered another setback as they went down 1-0 at home to Napoli and their title bid looks all but over.
Inter are now nine points clear at the top, while Juventus can leapfrog them with their game in hand, as they need to refocus and ensure a top-four finish doesn’t slip from their grasp.
United don’t have the same domestic concerns as their 1-0 win over West Ham gives them some breathing space, but they haven’t been prolific in attack in recent weeks, which is a slight concern as they’ll need to score here to advance further in this tournament.
Under 2.5 Goals
Man Utd have seen under 2.5 goals land in each of their last six now, with just five goals registered across these games, which included three goalless stalemates.
Solskjaer will be pleased with the platform his backline have provided though. They’ve been excellent as they’ve shipped just one goal over this six-game spell, in the first leg of this tie, as they shut out the likes of Real Sociedad, Chelsea and Man City.
Meanwhile, five of Milan’s last six outings have seen fewer than three goals, as have three of their past four in Europe, so the game should be settled by fine margins.
Man United To Beat AC Milan
Milan have won just twice in nine fixtures across all competitions (W2-D4-L3) and we’d be surprised if they were to take the spoils here.
Their results against the better teams in 2021 so far have been desperately poor, as they’re W1-D1-L5 when taking on Inter twice, Juventus, Atalanta, Roma, Man Utd and Napoli.
They conceded 14 times over these encounters, though we wouldn’t expect this to be an especially high-scoring affair.
When the first leg has been drawn 1-1 in a Europa League knockout tie, eight of the 11 return legs since 2017/18 have also featured fewer than three goals.