Manchester United will hope to seal a quarterfinal spot as they travel to Milan, with the score reading 1-1 after the first leg at Old Trafford.
Manchester United will face AC Milan in a crucial UEFA Europa League Round of 16 clash at the San Siro Stadium on Thursday. The Italian side managed to score an equalizer in stoppage time at Old Trafford in the first leg. Simon Kjaer scored in the 92nd minute to give the visitors a crucial away goal. Amad Diallo scored his first goal for Manchester United as he opened the scoring on the 50th minute.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would realize the importance of this fixture as the pressure mounts on the Red Devils Boss to deliver silverware. He is expected to tinker with his side that faced West Ham over the weekend. In goal, David De Gea should get the nod over Dean Henderson, provided he is match fit. The Spanish goalkeeper has been missing in action for the past few weeks due to personal reasons.
Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are almost certain starters as centre-backs. Aaron Wan Bissaka will slot in at the right-back position, whereas, the impressive Luke Shaw will continue to play on the left side of the defence. The Englishman has been one of the standout performers for Manchester United this season and has kept Alex Telles out of the side ever since his arrival from Porto.
Paul Pogba is back after his injury against Everton last month and is available for selection. Considering the importance of this fixture, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to pick the Frenchman in his starting lineup. This means that either Scott McTominay or Fred will be dropped to the bench.
McTominay can be given the nod over the Brazilian given how solid he is at the back. With McTominay guarding the backline, Pogba would have the freedom to explore himself in the opposition’s half. Bruno Fernandes will start as the attacking-midfielder and the Red Devils’ talisman will complete the three-man midfield for the visitors.
Amad Diallo opened the scoring for United last week against Milan, after coming on from the bench. However, he is expected to start on the bench once again and can be subbed on later in the game to make a vital contribution. Mason Greenwood was the star of the show in Manchester United’s narrow 1-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday and he should start on the right-wing.
Daniel James should hold his place in the starting lineup after magnificent performances in the past month. The Welshman will operate as a left winger against Milan. Edinson Cavani was withdrawn from the matchday squad due to injury concerns, which means that Marcus Rashford could start over Anthony Martial as the striker since the former has been in better form in front of goal this season.