Milan will face the favorites to win the competition in the next round of the 2020/21 Europa League.
After barely passing the Round of 32, beating Crvena zvezda on away goals (3-3 on aggregate), the Rossoneri today learned who their opponents is in the next stage of the Europa League.
The draw took place on Friday in Nyon, and Milan have been drawn with Premier League giants Manchester United.
Manchester United beat Real Sociedad in the last round (4-0 and 0-0) and they are currently sitting 2nd in the EPL, 10 points behind Manchester City, with 49 points from 25 matches. United are considered the top favorites for the Europa League so Milan on paper got the toughest opponents.
The first leg of the Round of 16 will take place on March 11 at Old Trafford (18:55 CET), while the second leg at San Siro is scheduled for March 18 at 21:00 CET. In between, the Diavolo will be facing Napoli in the league. “For us it will be a stimulating and motivating match, we face the great favorite of the competition. An opponent and a stadium that bring back glorious moments in our history,” coach Stefano Pioli told the news agency ANSA after learning of the draw.
Milan have two players in their squad who wore the Manchester United colors – Diogo Dalot who is on loan from The Devils since the summer, and of course – Zlatan Ibrahimović.