Milan will be looking to leave behind the terrible recent race against English sides when they face Manchester United tonight.
Pegs he only named a team of 19 men for the first leg of the draw against the Red Devils as an injury crisis has gripped the team again. Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Mario Mandzukic are not available for the game.
Pioli revealed his belief the team is on the right track overall but they are still a long way from the 2007 team that eliminated United en route to win the competition.
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➤ This will be the eleventh meeting between Manchester United and AC Milan in a European competition, with all 10 previous meetings in the European Cup / Champions League.
➤ Manchester United have been eliminated from four of their five knockout matches with AC Milan, and no team has eliminated the Red Devils more often in UEFA European competition (including Real Madrid, 4, excluding Super Cups).
➤ In the last meeting in March 2010, Manchester United won 4-0 against Milan: it is the heaviest defeat of the Italians in the main UEFA European competitions (excluding Super Cups).
➤ Upon reaching the round of 16 of a major European competition, AC Milan have been eliminated on six of the last seven occasions, having gone from nine consecutive matches from 1988 to 2007. Their only progression during this period was against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League in 2011-12.
➤ Despite playing six UEFA Champions League group stage games this season, Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes is the top scorer in the UEFA Europa League since the start of last season, scoring 10 goals in 12 appearances at an average of 94 minutes a goals.
he has only won one of his last 11 games against English teams in European competition. The win was 4-0 against Arsenal in the Champions League Last 16 2011/12 (D3, S7).