AC Milan will be looking to put their dreadful recent run against English sides behind them when they face Manchester United this evening.
Pioli has named just a 19-man squad for the first leg of the tie against the Red Devils as an injury crisis has gripped the team again. Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Mandzukic not available for the game.
Pioli revealed his belief that the team are on the right path overall but are still some way off the 2007 side that knocked United out en-route to winning the competition.
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➤ This will be the 11th meeting between Manchester United and 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 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 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.
➤ Despite playing in six UEFA Champions League group stage matches this season, Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes is the top scorer in the UEFA Europa League since the start of last season, with 10 goals in 12 appearances at an average of 94 minutes per goal.
have won only one of their last 11 matches against English sides in European competitions. The win was the 4-0 vs. Arsenal in Champions League Last 16 2011/12 (D3, L7).