April 21, 2021

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Three ways Man United could line up vs AC Milan

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Manchester United will be looking to carry on where they left off when they welcome AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were irresistible in their weekend win over City and know another positive performance is needed in their round of 16 first-leg.

This week’s match will be the 11th meeting between United and AC Milan in European competition, with all 10 previous meetings coming in the European Cup/Champions League.

In terms of early team news Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani are both expected to miss the match while Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek remain absent, as do Juan Mata and David de Gea.

Here is how our writers think United should line up...

Samuel Luckhurst

United-Milan is a Champions League tie yet United have little choice but to pick a team that screams ‘Europa League’. Luke Shaw needs a breather after overcoming a dead leg to score in the derby and Eric Bailly and Alex Telles are usually dependable Thursday night starters.

Scott McTominay did not look fully fit still at City and Nemanja Matic is a wily option for the visit of Milan, even if it means United line up with a risk-aversive midfield.

Fernandes would be a worthy option in a deeper role but he does his damage as the 10 and United do not have an experienced alternative behind Anthony Martial. The front four picks itself.



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Rich Fay

Given the early team news United’s line-up should be pretty straightforward – although there are a couple of changes which could be argued either way.

Bailly makes sense instead of Lindelof given Ibrahimovic is missing for Milan, while McTominay and Fred remain the most reliable midfield partnership even if they could do with a rest.



Even if Rashford and Cavani pass late fitness tests neither should be risked from the start. James should get a chance in his natural left wing role with Greenwood and a rejuvenated Martial completing the forward line.

Liam Corless

Several injuries and knocks leave Solskjaer with little wiggle room when it comes to his team selection. David de Gea is on paternity leave, while Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani are all either definitely out or doubtful. Luke Shaw played at City with a dead leg and Scott McTominay was recently injured too.

Axel Tuanzebe hasn’t built on his performance away to Paris Saint-Germain but should be safe sandwiched between Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.



A more attacking midfield line-up would be preferable but with Pogba, Van de Beek and Mata both sidelined, that is not possible without throwing in the rookie Ethan Galbraith or playing another player out of position.

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