Europa League preview: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan gear as much as face Manchester United; Arsenal host Olympiacos

Europa League preview: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan gear as much as face Manchester United; Arsenal host Olympiacos

AC Milan ahead Zlatan Ibrahimović can be match sufficient to face his former membership. The 39-year-old striker has missed Milan’s previous 4 matches with a left thigh harm.

Europa League preview: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan gear up to face Manchester United; Arsenal host Olympiacos

United can be smarting from the primary leg, the place Simon Kjær’s stoppage-time header noticed AC Milan snatch a 1-1 draw. AP

A have a look at what’s occurring within the second legs of the Europa League’s final 16 on Thursday:

AC Milan vs Manchester United (1-1)

The subsequent few days can be key to Manchester United’s hopes of ending their four-year await a trophy as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s facet journey to Leicester within the FA Cup quarterfinals simply three days after the Europa League match at San Siro. United can be smarting from the primary leg, the place Simon Kjær’s stoppage-time header noticed AC Milan snatch a 1-1 draw. However United can be buoyed by the truth that they have not misplaced away from house since early December, a run of 12 matches. AC Milan ahead Zlatan Ibrahimović can be match sufficient to face his former membership. The 39-year-old striker has missed Milan’s previous 4 matches with a left thigh harm. Ibrahimović performed for United from 2016-18, serving to them win the Europa League in 2017.

Arsenal vs Olympiacos (3-1)

Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta has held clear-the-air talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after dropping the group’s captain for the north London derby in opposition to Tottenham for breaching pre-match protocol. Arteta mentioned he can’t assure the striker will begin in opposition to Olympiakos, although. “All people has to clearly carry out on the highest stage to earn his place within the group and there’s no exceptions there,” Arteta mentioned. “We are going to try to put a extremely aggressive group out to try to win the sport.” An unused substitute as Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-1, Aubameyang left the Emirates Stadium as a substitute of becoming a member of his fellow replacements for a warm-down session on the pitch.

Dinamo Zagreb vs Tottenham (0-2)

Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho is taking no possibilities regardless of a wholesome lead from the primary leg, with Harry Kane set to begin in Croatia. The England captain has performed 38 occasions already for Tottenham in a congested season and, with a worrying harm historical past, there are professional issues about his health going into the ultimate two months of the marketing campaign forward of the European Championship. Mourinho mentioned Kane can be within the group in opposition to Dinamo however has referred to as on England coach Gareth Southgate to not play the striker within the three upcoming World Cup qualifiers, in opposition to San Marino, Albania and Poland. Son Heung-min is out after sustaining a hamstring harm in opposition to Arsenal on Sunday. Dinamo head into the match in chaos after their coach, Zoran Mamic, stop after Croatia’s Supreme Court docket confirmed his almost five-year jail sentence for tax evasion and fraud.

Rangers vs Slavia Prague (1-1)

Having sealed up the Scottish league title, Rangers have the possibility to succeed in the quarterfinals of the Europa League for the primary time since 2008 — when the group misplaced to Zenit St. Petersburg within the closing. Steven Gerrard’s facet has an vital away aim however can be cautious of what Slavia Prague did to Leicester within the earlier spherical, drawing 0-0 at house however then profitable 2-0 away.

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