European soccer matchday: Manchester United host AC Milan in Europa League

European soccer matchday: Manchester United host AC Milan in Europa League

It is going to be the primary assembly in 11 years between the 2 golf equipment steeped in European custom and each have slipped from the pedestals they as soon as occupied.

European football matchday: Manchester United host AC Milan in Europa League

Manchester United come into the AC Milan fixture on the again of a morale boosting win over Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League. AP File photograph

A take a look at what’s occurring within the Europa League in a number of the first legs of the final 16 on Thursday:

MAN UNITED VS AC MILAN

Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t count on forwards Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani to have absolutely recovered to face AC Milan. It is going to be the primary assembly in 11 years between the 2 golf equipment steeped in European custom and each have slipped from the pedestals they as soon as occupied.

Milan gained the Champions League in 2007 and United picked up the European Cup the next yr however now they’re competing for the continent’s second-tier trophy.

Each are well-placed to qualify for the Champions League subsequent season as they’re second of their home leagues.

TOTTENHAM VS DINAMO ZAGREB

Tottenham have a League Cup closing towards Manchester Metropolis to look ahead to in April, whereas the Londoners proceed their Europa League quest towards Dinamo Zagreb as they appear to finish a title drought stretching again to 2008. Successful the Europa League might be the one manner again into the Champions League subsequent season. Jose Mourinho’s aspect are 5 factors behind fourth-place Chelsea.

Dinamo arrive in London in good type with eight consecutive wins in all competitions.

OLYMPIAKOS VS ARSENAL

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is again going through Arsenal lower than two months after becoming a member of the Greek champions. Having been disregarded of the squads for each the Premier League and Europa League, the defender didn’t characteristic for Arsenal in any respect through the first half of the present season. Olympiakos shocked Arsenal within the spherical of 32 final season.

Arsenal might have Emile Smith Rowe accessible after the attacking midfielder picked up a muscular harm within the latest win at Leicester and missed Saturday’s draw at Burnley.

Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta has no different harm issues however does have Sunday’s north London derby at dwelling to Tottenham to think about when selecting his group in Athens.

SLAVIA PRAGUE VS RANGERS

Rangers sealed their first Scottish title in 10 years on Sunday and now turns their consideration to making an attempt so as to add a European trophy. However Slavia Prague knocked out Premier League top-four contender Leicester within the earlier spherical.

THE REST

It is Ajax (Netherlands) vs. Younger Boys (Switzerland), Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) vs. Villarreal (Spain), Roma (Italy) vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) and Granada (Spain) vs. Molde (Norway)

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