AC Milan versus Manchester United at San Siro means the memory can only go back to 2007.
Sweet memories, but now only the present counts. From the second leg of the Champions League semi-final to the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16, this evening sees the Rossoneri get back in action to defend the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and secure qualification.
Here are 7 statistics to get you in the mood:
1- AC Milan have won four of their five home games against Manchester United in European competitions, all of which have come in the European Cup or Champions League. The last match chronologically took place in February 2010, when AC Milan lost thanks to a Wayne Rooney brace for the visitors.
2- When they have failed to win the first leg at home, Manchester United have been eliminated in six of their last eight fixtures in European competition, including being knocked of the Champions League by AC Milan in 2004/05.
3- The Red Devils have won their last two away matches against Italian opposition in European competitions, the last of which was against Juventus in November 2018. Before this series they had only won three times out of 16 attempts (3-L, 10-D).
4- The Rossoneri have kept a clean sheet only once in their last nine home games in European competitions (including qualifiers), conceding six goals in their last three in this season’s Europa League.
5- AC Milan could reach the quarterfinals of a European competition for the first time since the 2011/12 Champions League when they eliminated Arsenal in the Round of 16 by winning the first leg 4-0 at San Siro (with the last goal scored by Ibrahimović) and losing the second leg 3-0.
6- Diogo Dalot is the defender who has recovered the most balls in this Europa League (60) among those still present in the competition.
7- Franck Kessie has scored just one goal in the Europa League in nineteen appearances, which came in the Rossoneri’s last home game in the competition against Crvena Zvezda.