MANCHESTER UNITED are hosting AC MILAN on Wednesday night, when the clock strikes 7.45 in England, in the Old Trafford Stadium, where Milan will try to do the impossible.
When all the eyes of the fans will be at David Beckham, who returns to OT after seven years, Man United will try to secure a place in the next stage of the CL and they will do as long as they don’t concede more than two goals.
From the other side, Milan are coming, with almost no chances, or support by the press, to eliminate the England side. The Rossoneri had a wasteful first leg with The Red Devils. They will try to overturn the defeat in the first meet.
In the first match between the two, it ended 2-3 to Manchester United away, makes it 2-6 in the total calculation. Ronaldinho opened the scoring. Paul Scholes equaled, while Wayne Rooney struck two into the net and Clarence Seedorf reduced.
Things are ticking like a Swiss watch for Manchester United since beating Milan at San Siro that day. They have reached the first place in the English Premier League and defeated some sort of teams.
Already when the draw took place, Man United were the favourite to pass this stage, and leave the Rossoneri with Scudetto hopes only and knock them out of Champions League.
However, the 2-3 comeback against il Diavolo was a huge shock for everyone, even the Uniteds themselves. Since defeating Milan, The Red Devils knocked out West Ham, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
They are in terrific form, but Milan had this moment too before their home-game with United. At Champions League, the thing you lease expect always happens, and so the will be careful.
Sir Alex Ferguson side will not play to win the game all along it, but certainly will be determined to hold the ball more than the visitors from Milano do. United’s attack will try to find the moment to surprise Milan.
Manchester’s attack, led by Wayne Rooney, has been doing really well this season, but the defense of Milan is meant to stop them. ‘Roo scored two headers in the first leg, and will try to do it again at OT.
The defense will really make-or-break this United-Milan encounter and the teams must be 100% focused. Especially United, who remember the unstopping attacks of Inter at Old Trafford back then in 2009.
NEWS: Rooney has trained today despite injury-concerns and is fit for Milan. Michael Owen, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, John O’Shea, Wes Brown and Jonny Evans are out due to injured. Sir Alex is likely to line-up 4-4-2.
It is really “Mission: Impossible 5” now. The Rossoneri were down to 1-3 at home, but late substitute Clarence Seedorf, scored a late goal, which gave Milan the hope and has not written them off the competition.
Like Manchester, things are going on well for AC Milan. Having though did not take the first place in Serie A – the Rossoneri won games too since the sweetbitter match against the English side.
The main problem of Milan is still, in the attack. Without Alexandre Pato, il Diavolo went to Stadio Olimpico to play Roma, and despite there were many chances to Milan, and Marco Borriello in particular, they missed it all.
The return of Pato to the first line-up is surely important, as Mancini, David Beckham and Ignazio Abate cannot fill in for the talented Brazilian youngster on the right wing of the attack.
Life wouldn’t be easy for Milan. Aside from the disadvantage and the fact that they must keep their sheet clean, the Old Trafford is a very difficult stadium to play at for visitors, especially in CL encounters.
There is no even one non-believer fan of the Rossoneri and everyone are just convinced Milan can do the impossible, and like Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible, save the day and take part in the next stage.
All the eyes will be on three players: Wayne Rooney, Ronaldinho and of course – David Beckham. The Englishman has left England Champions in 2003 for Real Madrid, and since then has never returned to OT.
On Wednesday, he will have a lifetime chance to play in Old Trafford again – maybe for the last time. It would be just ironic if ‘King David’ would score the winner in a free-kick that would take Milan to the next round.
Milan have history with Manchester United, especially when related to impossible missions. Back the in 2007, they lost the first leg in Old Trafford, and Rooney scored twice there too. In the second leg, they won, 3-0.
Would history repeat? Nothing below perfect, would allowed it.
By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog