Two traditional European powerhouses Manchester United and AC Milan will meet in their Europa League first leg tie at Old Trafford on Thursday.
For all of their riches, in both cash terms and trophy hauls, these two superclubs are now battling in Europe’s second-tier competition in what will be their first meeting in 11 years.
The Red Devils are the only team left in the competition to have lifted this trophy while Milan have never won it; in either its current form or when called the Uefa Cup.
United will be heavily fancied to win this tie as they ride on the wave of ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run away on Sunday. In fact, the red half of Manchester are now unbeaten in 17 consecutive games since the end of January.
Historically, the English side have the edge too; they have won four of their previous five games versus Milan on home soil.
Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer does fitness concerns with Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani both in doubt. Donny van der Beek is another likely absentee while Milan will not be able to call upon Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a cult figure well known at the Theatre of Dreams. Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic and Theo Hernandez are all likely to miss out for the visitors.
The visitors are injury-hit and United are flying high … it should equal a home victory but the Red Devils have often lost this season, especially at home, when they were odds-on to win.