Manchester United will taken on AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16.
The Red Devils, who effectively ended the round of 32 tie against Real Sociedad with a 4-0 win in Turin, will return to Italy again. The record Premier League champions have been drawn against the Serie A giants in a tie that has all the makings of a classic European encounter.
The first leg at Old Trafford will see the potential return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede was an influential figure in United’s Europa League win in 2017. Diogo Dalot is also with the Italian outfit on loan from the English side, though it’s unclear whether he’d be eligible to play against his parent club or not.
Although the fixture provides a great viewing for the neutrals, United fans are bound to feel hard done by yet another tough draw in an already congested season.
I know we keep getting these draws. But I’m actually happy with the experience the players will get. Win or lose.
Diamonds are made under pressure.#MUFC
— Oliver (@Kebiruesuana) February 26, 2021
Not what you want in an abnormally congested season, where a 🏆would be huge. But the flip side is, great experience for younger players to play in big games
— Tim Long 🎙 (@timlongsports) February 26, 2021
Loser keeps Dalot https://t.co/pTeSLqnIcF
— Meytar Zeevi (@RossoneriBlog) February 26, 2021
Eric Bailly vs Zlatan Ibrahimovic 🍿pic.twitter.com/X0dGAOeOgm
— The Red Devils (@utdtrd) February 26, 2021
AC Milan vs Manchester United is a bigger game than 95% of Champions League possible 1/4 finals pic.twitter.com/f41oe0HpWq
— Ivailo 🔴 (@kentavuraa) February 26, 2021
United were demoted to the Europe’s second tier competition after finishing third in their Champions League group. They were placed alongside Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, last year’s Champions League finalists and semi-finalists.
However, the difficulty level didn’t change much, as they faced high flying La Liga side Real Sociedad in the first knockout stage of the competition.
Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is tasked with overcoming AC Milan, who sit second on the Serie A table.
Although the Norwegian has had little luck in draws, the pressure to win his first trophy as United manager remains consistent.