Amad Diallo’s first senior goal for United looked to have secured victory in the first leg at Old Trafford, but Simon Kjaer’s injury-time header sealed a 1-1 draw for Milan at the death – and a valuable away goal.
That late goal means United must score at least once in normal time at San Siro tonight to stand a chance of reaching the Europa League quarter-finals – though Zlatan Ibrahimovic may make his presence felt for Milan.
While United sit second in the Premier League and look likely to secure Champions League qualification via that route, one criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as manager has been that he has failed to land a trophy so far.
Winning the Europa League would seal a spot in next season’s Champions League, but would also serve to silence Solskjaer’s critics as he looks to build a squad capable of competing for top honours next term.
With kick-off at 8pm GMT, follow all the action on our live match blog.
Milan XI: Donnarumma; Kalulu, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Kessie, Meite Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Krunic; Castillejo
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a sub tonight, but expect to see him later on…
So, Solskjaer has named an unchanged starting XI from the team which beat West Ham – but he is able to welcome back the likes of De Gea, Pogba and Van de Beek as substitutes.
Man United lineup
United XI: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, James, Rashford
Subs: De Gea, Grant, Alex Telles, Tuanzebe, Williams, Amad, Pogba, Matic, Van de Beek
We are closing in team news time now, with starting XIs expected any time from 6:30pm onwards.
United will be hoping for a few key attackers to at least be on the bench – so watch this space…
Head to head (h2h) results
Last meeting: Man Utd 1-1 Milan (11/03/2021)
A weakened Milan left Old Trafford with a draw and an away goal last time out, and will feel they should have scored more given the amount of chances they had. However, the second leg will be a different affair and with Solskjaer having to go for it in Milan, you’d expect a strengthened United side to progress… just about.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Kessie, Meite; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Krunic; Rebic
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Rashford
Early Milan team news
As for Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available – but Rossoneri boss Stefano Pioli says the 39-year-old will not last 90 minutes so is more likely to start on the bench, especially if extra time is a prospect.
Theo Hernandez and Hakan Calhanoglu could feature having missed the first leg, while Alessandro Romagnoli, Ante Rebic, Davide Calabria and Rafael Leao will be assessed on the morning of the game.
Early Man Utd team news
Paul Pogba, Donny Van De Beek and David De Gea are in contention to return for United, but Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial will be absent. Pogba, who has not featured since February 6 due to a thigh complaint, is in the travelling squad along with Van De Beek, while De Gea is back from paternity leave.
Cavani was named in the initial 21-man group, but Solskjaer has since confirmed he will not travel after having a negative reaction in training on Wednesday. Martial is out through injury, while Eric Bailly, Juan Mata and Phil Jones are also absent. Shola Shoretire has stayed at home in order to play for the under-23s.
Man Utd squad: De Gea, Henderson, Grant, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Diallo, Fernandes, Fred, James, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Van De Beek, Greenwood, Rashford
Where to watch tonight
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 in the UK.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT website or BT app.