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In this thread we will be covering all Europa League Round of 16 fixtures
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Two continental giants clash at Old Trafford on Thursday, as Manchester United meet AC Milan in the Europa League, with both sides seeking silverware in Europe as they trail in the wake of local rivals domestically.
More accustomed to going head-to-head at the elite level, this heavyweight last-16 tie pits together a pair of once-dominant clubs, now edging closer to former glories under unfashionable but effective management.
In their first encounter for 11 years, Manchester United meet Milan for the first-ever time in Europe’s second tier competition - a sign of their diminished stature, perhaps, as other domestic rivals have surpassed them in recent times. They do, however, share a rich history together, having been drawn against one another five times previously in either the European Cup or Champions League knockout phase.
Courtesy of their relatively recent success under Jose Mourinho, United are the only club remaining in this season’s competition to have won the Europa League in its current guise, while Milan are yet to reach the final of either this incarnation or its predecessor, the UEFA Cup; only ever making it as far as the semi-final in both 1972 and 2002.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani to miss Manchester United’s Europa League last-16 first leg against AC Milan.
An ankle injury saw Rashford replaced towards the end of Sunday’s 2-0 win against Manchester City - a match veteran Cavani missed having only returned from a muscle injury at Crystal Palace last Wednesday.
Regular cup goalkeeper Dean Henderson will again play, with David De Gea absent due to personal reasons, while Donny Van De Beek, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Phil Jones remain absent.
AC Milan travel to Manchester without important players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ismael Bennacer, Theo Hernandez, Mario Mandzukic and Ante Rebic.
Manchester United Europa League form:
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This will be the 11th meeting between Manchester United and AC Milan in European competition, with all 10 previous meetings coming in the European Cup/Champions League.
Manchester United have been eliminated from four of their five knockout ties with AC Milan, with no side eliminating the Red Devils more often in UEFA European competition (also Real Madrid, 4, excluding Super Cups).
In their last meeting in March 2010, Manchester United won 4-0 against AC Milan - it is the Italians’ joint-heaviest defeat in major UEFA European competition (excluding Super Cups).
When reaching the last-16 stage of a major European competition, Milan have been eliminated on six of the last seven occasions, this after progressing from nine consecutive such ties from 1988-2007. Their only progression over this period was against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League in 2011-12.
The UEFA Europa League is back this week, as the knockout stages resume with the Round of 16 fixtures set to be played this week. Arsenal will resume their campaign at the Karaiskaki Stadium, where Olympiacos will host them in the first leg.
Olympiacos dropped down to the UEFA Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group. In the Round of 32, the Greek champions faced PSV Eindhoven and their tie went down the wire as they edged out the Dutch outfit 5-4 on aggregate. Pedro Martins & co. have not been in fine touch of late, though, having won just two of their last five games.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have been a part of the Europa League from the group stage campaign itself, with the Gunners comfortably topping their group. In the Round of 32, the Gunners just about edged their opponents as well, having beaten Benfica 4-3 on aggregate. And, much like their hosts, Mikel Arteta’s men have won just two of their last five matches.
Olympiacos were the victors the last time they met Arsenal, as they knocked out the English giants out of the Europa League at the Last 32 stage last season.
Arsenal could have Emile Smith Rowe available for Thursday’s Europa League round-of-32 first leg against Olympiakos.
Manager Mikel Arteta has no other injury concerns but does have Sunday’s north London derby at home to Tottenham to consider when picking his team in Athens.
Arsenal and Olympiakos have previously met on 10 occasions across all European competitions, with no encounter ending level and both teams winning five times each.
Olympiakos knocked out Arsenal in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League last season; the Gunners last suffered back-to-back eliminations at the hands of the same side in 2012-13 & 2013-14 against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Olympiakos have won only two of their last 11 matches against English sides in major European competition (D2 L7, excluding qualifiers), but both wins came against Arsenal, in the UEFA Champions League in September 2015 and in the UEFA Europa League in February 2020.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has assisted eight goals in the UEFA Europa League since the beginning of last season, the joint-most of any player along with Sporting Braga’s Wenderson Galeno, who has played five more games.
The last time Manchester United played AC Milan, in 2010, the Italian side’s midfield included: