Manchester United-Milan: The Rossoneri squad

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Franck Kessié during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Here is the squad of Milan.

AC Milan face Manchester United F.C on Thursday evening when the clock points 18:55 CET at Old Trafford for the 1st leg of the 2020/21 Europa League Round of 16 and the Rossoneri coach Stefano Pioli has named his squad.

Theo Hernández, Ismaël Bennacer, Jens Petter Hauge, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Daniel Maldini, Mario Mandžukić and Ante Rebić are out.

Probable XI (Sky): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjær, Fikayo Tomori, Diogo Dalot; Soualiho Meïté, Franck Kessié; Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Díaz, Rade Krunić; Rafael Leão.

GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards
Antonio DonnarummaDavide CalabriaSamu CastillejoRafael Leão
Gianluigi DonnarummaDiogo DalotBrahim DíazRiccardo Tonin
Ciprian TătăruşanuMatteo GabbiaFranck Kessié
Pierre KaluluRade Krunić
Simon KjærSoualiho Meïté
Alessio RomagnoliAlexis Saelemaekers
Fikayo TomoriSandro Tonali
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Riccardo Montolivo
Riccardo Montolivo
1 month ago

Parking the bus or playing like 2020’s Milan? What’s your opinion?

Zumblim
Zumblim
1 month ago

Just wish the best for milan. I personally think that milan should only focus on 1 competition in order to qualify to CL next year considering the injuries, fatigue even corona which can have bad influence on teams performance. We are just few points apart from other teams in serie A. Juve were out from CL, and have more time to prepare the league. Roma,Atalanta are also not performing bad. Really hope milan qualify to CL next year either by winning EL ( which is imo very hard) or finish at top 4 in serie A ( hopefully at least… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Zumblim

“Zumblim 12 days ago Get ready for another lost this weekend against AS Roma with kind of performance!!” lol, this u mate? what the hell is wrong with some “milanisti” nowadays? oh and regarding milan 2006/07, i said that team was the weakest milan in 5 years, as in, between 2002/03 – 06/07, that team was the worst. and yet they won ucl (interestingly, after getting past red star, lille, celtic, and man utd. sounds familiar?). like i said, anything can and does happen in ko rounds. i never said that team was weaker than current milan team. my point… Read more »

Zumblim
Zumblim
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Wow i am really amazed how someone nowdays only read text without even spare a thought to understand it. The sentences you just quoted means if you don’t improve then ready to get beaten. Was Milan milan performance the same as or worse than against red star?? Oh yeah I know your answer, the performance was also shit, but roma was more shitter!! OMG.. Again about loser mentality?? Seriously?? Once again i am not saying the team to intentionally get lost! No need to discuss further with someone who thought milan who won CL 2007 was worse team!!the team trashed… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Zumblim
Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Zumblim

and did milan lose vs roma or did they display their best performance of 2021? exactly. “No need to discuss further with someone who thought milan who won CL 2007 was worse team” well, i mean, you ARE dumb for saying all those pessimistic bullcrap, but do u expect me to believe u dont know the meaning of “worst in 5 years”? of all these teams: – ucl winning 02/03 squad with prime inzaghi, nesta and rui costa. dominated inter – scudetto winning 03/04 squad with sheva at his peak AND kaka. dominated inter AND juve and pretty much every… Read more »

Zumblim
Zumblim
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

How can ‘weakest milan team in 5 years from 2002-2007’ could beat european ‘NOT weak teams’ in 2007??

Me : they were not weak at all,still a lot of qualities in team eventhough most of them were old and great manager

Milan10: everything can happen in KO round!!

Me: *clap clap*

I know now how your logic works!!

Last edited 1 month ago by Zumblim
Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Zumblim

“How can ‘weakest milan team in 5 years from 2002-2007’ could beat european ‘NOT weak teams’ in 2007?? Me : they were not weak at all,still a lot of qualities in team eventhough most of them were old and great manager” *sigh here’s maldini interviewed with carragher: Carragher: “Did you want to play Liverpool again in 2007 then after what had happened?” Maldini: “No. Noooo! We didn’t play well in that final. We had not played well that whole year, in fact, but when we got to the quarter-finals it started to get better.” yes they won ucl because from… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Milan10
dejan10
dejan10
1 month ago

Lack of squad depth and injuries (as usual) has been the thorn in our side this season. United are beatable but with half of our team missing again it’s going to be tricky.

Oluwa shevy
1 month ago

Atlist rest kessie now not all games he should play

Agustinar
1 month ago

I’d like to see Samu at left side again. He plays better at left side in 4231/4411/442

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

“Four players have scored double figures in Europe’s top five leagues in 2021
Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, Andre Silva, and Ilkay Gundogan ” – Goal.com

well, finally milan have young healthy sniper. silva – leao duo will tear europe’s finest defenses apart for the next half decade at least, starting tonite vs man utd. oh wait

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Milan have a weird way of playing players they sign out of their natural position and strength.

Piatek was unstoppable at Genoa because he played in a 2 striker formation NOT a lone striker.

Andre Silva plays better in a 2 striker formation but yet Milan use him as a lone striker.

Same for Krunic who played as trequartista at Empoli but Milan used him mostly as a DM.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

correctamundo mate. this is because there were too many changes and turnovers at milan which resulted in zero stability and continuity. there was no long term project at all back then. the fact that milan had idiotic coaches and sd didnt help. also, there was no synergy between mgmt and coaches regarding which players should be bought and how to use them properly to get best results. krunic was supposed to be lcm and piatek – leao a striking partner in giamfanculo’s 4-3-1-2 but the coach was sacked and new coach pioli abandoned 4-3-1-2 altogether. paqueta was bought as rcm… Read more »

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Totally agree. On another note Calhanoglu hasn’t renewed his contract yet but I honestly don’t think we should keep him when we can get a top player like Coutinho from Barcelona. I’m also not sold on Otavio and Thauvin as I believe Felipe Anderson is a better option and we can get him on loan with an option to buy from Weat Ham. Felipe Anderson knows Serie A and he can play as AM or LW/RW. I just think that Milan might be looking at the wrong players especially once we qualify for CL we will need top players to… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

hakan is at least 30m – 40m rated player so if milan let him go for nothing next summer mercato they would need to buy proper replacement of same calibre. would milan be willing to cough up 30m – 40m for proper replacement like de paul or coutinho ? highly doubt it. no, milan need to get proper am (like otavio who did well vs juve 2 nights ago) to compete with hakan for starting spot, not replace him. dont get me wrong, coutinho would be fantastic but i dont think milan could afford him. i watched felipe when he… Read more »

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Ok. I see your point. That made sense:-)

Spencer
Spencer
1 month ago

I don’t think milan will lose tonight. But our major problem would be putting the ball behind the net. I also hate to say this, but I would rather play Samu than play Diaz. Samu has a higher chance of shooting on target, or even scoring luckily, than Diaz. Playing Diaz means Krunic moves to the wing, instead of playing him at AM where he has been flourishing lately.

Riccardo Montolivo
Riccardo Montolivo
1 month ago

————Leao—————

Saele—Krunic—–Samu—-

——Ton———-Kes——-

Dal—-Tom—–Kjaer—Cal

Subs: Diaz, Meite, Romagnoli if we need to protect a good result.

TC Milan
TC Milan
1 month ago

We are missing many starting players but we are going to perform well

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
1 month ago

Kesse yea boy

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
1 month ago

Wtf

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Da jim mater jebem lopovsko sodniško!!!

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago

Why was Kessie goal ruled out? I don’t get it. Can someone explain?

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
1 month ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

I think Ted explained well

Rossi
Rossi
1 month ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

According to livescore the goal was canceled do too a foul. Im watching the game and on TV they said it was cancealed because of a handball. Not sure what is it now.

Last edited 1 month ago by Rossi
Rossi
Rossi
1 month ago

WTF That didnt look like a handball at all. It look like the ball hit Kessie in the hip, at least from the replay they showed. They didnt showed it from more angles tho.

Muratx
Muratx
1 month ago

Leao moves a lot for the lone striker in 4231. No physical presence

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

is saladmaker retarded? serious question. why doed he keep making fouls in dangerous area when he’s already on a yellow?

Nesta1
Nesta1
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

He does it all time, gets a yellow early then carries on doin risky tackles.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Nesta1

correctamundo mate. its like he hasnt learned anything from his previous silly red cards

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Salesmaker will get red if he’s not off

Nesta1
Nesta1
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted

I agree, sub at half time

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
1 month ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Agree

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

martial goes down faster than sasha grey whenever he’s in milan box

Rossi
Rossi
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Yea he dived a couple of times.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Rossi

kessie or meite need to rough this fool up

SOHEIL
SOHEIL
1 month ago

Really impressed by Meite, Kessie, Calabria & Krunic.

The fact that Krunic can control the ball in this manner, makes me wonder about how players can change with just a little confidence. Did you see what he did in last minutes of first half? It was at Zizo and Boban’s level!

SOHEIL
SOHEIL
1 month ago
Reply to  SOHEIL

& this new fluid system for attack, will make wonder when our starters be back. 3 free players, behind Ibra

Ross Oneri
Ross Oneri
1 month ago

We are actually playing very well. I’m mostly surprised by Diaz’s performance.

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
1 month ago

Great boys we are better team

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago

We were better than Man United today. Even without 5 of our starters. Ibra, Bennacer, Calhanoglu, Rebic and Theo.

We will finish the job at the San Siro. I’m confident of that. Forza Milan!