Zlatan Ibrahimovic will tackle his outdated membership Manchester United after they have been paired along with his present group AC Milan within the final 16 of the Europa League in Friday’s attract Nyon.
Milan and Ibrahimovic will do battle with United, who beat Actual Sociedad 4-0 on combination within the earlier spherical, in a two-legged encounter after the seven-time European champions squeezed previous Crimson Star Belgrade on away objectives on Thursday.
Veteran ahead Ibrahimovic received the 2017 version of the Europa League with Premier League giants United in a two-year spell on the membership.
He was an enormous success particularly throughout his first season at United, the place he received over followers along with his objectives and thrilling play earlier than a critical knee harm suffered of their Europa League final eight tie with Anderlecht ended his 2016-17 marketing campaign.
“I have been so impressed, I’ve bought to say, by how his profession has gone,” United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer advised the membership’s web site.
“He had a career-threatening harm when he was right here however got here again from that and went to MLS, then got here again to Milan and has actually lifted them. They’re on the up and have achieved rather well this season.
“It is one of many these attracts once more that you just really feel could possibly be a Champions League recreation. It is good for us to have these video games to look ahead to.”
Milan, a membership which regardless of its illustrious historical past had lengthy been within the doldrums, have been revitalised since Ibrahimovic’s return in December 2019.
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They’re at present battling for his or her first Italian league title since 2011, when the Swede was main the Milan line for a group that includes the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Thiago Silva and Andrea Pirlo.
The Swede has been in fantastic type this season for a Milan group wherein he’s the one actual star identify, scoring 14 Serie A objectives in 13 appearances on the ripe outdated age of 39.
United will probably be thought-about favourites for the tie nonetheless, though they play at residence first as they sit second within the Premier League having misplaced simply as soon as within the English high flight because the begin of November.
Milan in the meantime have surrendered high spot in Serie A to neighbours Inter Milan after a run of three defeats in 5 league matches which has Stefano Pioli’s aspect wanting over their shoulder at a bunch of rivals for a spot within the Champions League.
They’re and not using a win in 4 matches in all competitions due to straight league defeats by the hands of Spezia and Inter and the 2 attracts with Crimson Star which noticed them by way of to the final 16.
Ajax will fancy their probabilities towards Switzerland’s Younger Boys after the four-time European champions eradicated Ligue 1 leaders Lille on Thursday.
Granada have been rewarded for making the final 16 of their first ever European marketing campaign with a tie towards Norway’s Molde, whereas Roma coach Paulo Fonseca will probably be reunited along with his outdated group Shakhtar Donetsk.
United’s fellow Premier League groups Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will face Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos respectively. Rangers tackle Slavia Prague after dumping out Royal Antwerp 9-5 on combination.