Manchester United Vs AC Milan Preview

Football - AC Milan v Manchester United UEFA Champions League Second Round First Leg
After an undeserved 3-2 lead after the first leg, Man United take on AC Milan at Old Trafford for a place in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League.

After missing the 1-0 win against Wolves, Wayne Rooney should be fit to start tomorrow after taking part in training. Wes Brown on the other hand will be out between 4-6 weeks, not the expected four months.

"He [Rooney] was extremely doubtful, but he's shown a rapid improvement since Saturday morning and he's okay," Sir Alex Ferguson said in a news conference earlier today.

"Unfortunately Wes has had a career blighted by long term injuries and he's got another one. He's broken a bone in his foot and will be out for four to six weeks. I hope we can get him back for some of the season."

Michael Carrick did take part in training today but he won’t be able to take part tomorrow due to a late red card against AC Milan in the first leg.

Man United squad: Edwin Van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak; Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Rafael Da Silva, Patrice Evra, Gary Neville, Ritchie De Laet; Ji-Sung Park, Paul Scholes, Gabriel Obertan, Darron Gibson, Antonio Valencia, Luis Nani, Darren Fletcher; Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Mame Biram Diouf.

AC Milan have also had some good team news- Alexandre Pato has travelled and should play a part tomorrow after recovering quicker than expected from a hamstring injury.

David Beckham is returning to Old Trafford as a player since he left in 2003, which obviously means there is a media circus around Beckham right now (even more than usual).

"It is a massive challenge," Beckham said today.

"To win at Old Trafford is a really big ask, but I love the prospect of big challenges and if I'm given the chance to play and prove what I can still do then that would be a great test for me and the team."

Milan’s Brazilian manager Leonardo had this to say about Beckham: "I think that for him it's very special to have the opportunity to play against United with all his history here. He's someone very professional and he's very important for the group. For us he's very important and to have him in situations like this, he can help us. He will be able to cope with the situation and his presence is always important for us.

"Our confidence comes from our performances and even from the first leg there were positives for us. This is not about tactics, it's about the collective and what we have achieved this season has been down to the collective effort."

We all know that it will be difficult tomorrow, if we hadn’t let in that late goal and it had stayed 3-1 then it would have been a lot harder for Milan but they do have a chance.

Predicted Man United starting XI- Van Der Sar, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Valencia, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Nani and Rooney.

Predicted result- Man United 2-2 AC Milan ( 5-4 on aggregate)

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