Both sides rarely taste defeat in this competition and that remained the case when AC Milan stunned Man United late to claim a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last week in the first leg of the europa league.
AC Milan are enduring a mixed run of form and come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday. Milan conceded a Matteo Politano goal shortly after half-time and had Ante Rebic sent off in injury time. The result means Stefano Pioli’s side have now won just two of their last nine matches in all competitions. Milan have drawn four times during that run, including a 2-2 draw against Red Star in Belgrade and a 1-1 stalemate at home in the last round of the Europa League. That became three straight Europa League draws when equalising late at Old Trafford last week. Forward Mario Mandzukic remains out, while centre back Alessio Romagnoli, midfielder Ismael Bennacer and forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic are doubts. Milan did welcome back midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu from injury at the weekend. Forward Ante Rebic also made a comeback in the defeat to Napoli. He is available for this game despite his sending off.
Man United extended their unbeaten run to 13 games with a 1-0 victory over West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday. Craig Dawson’s own goal proved the difference as United bounced back from conceding a late equaliser to Milan three days earlier. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side have drawn four of their last six games, but have conceded just one goal in that period. The Red Devils ended cross-town rivals Man City’s 21-game winning run when recording a 2-0 victory in the Manchester derby. Midfielders Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and forward Edinson Cavani are on the comeback trail but are unlikely to feature. Marcus Rashford is fully fit again, while Dean Henderson is expected to retain his place in goal for the Europa League matches despite David De Gea’s availability. Midfielder Juan Mata and centre-back Phil Jones remain sidelined.
Amad Diallo’s 50th minute goal looked set to give Man United a 1-0 first leg win last Thursday when the sides met at Old Trafford. But Simon Kjaer headed home a 92nd minute equaliser to earn AC Milan a draw. It followed two draws between the sides in International Champions Cup pre-season friendlies in 2018 and 2019. Both were won on penalties by Man United. Man United should be bringing a one-goal lead to Milan, but they were made to pay late.
PREDICTION : MAN UNITED 2-1 WIN
ACCUMULATOR TIP : CHANCE MIX BTTS OR OVER 2.5 FT GOALS