â€œIâ€™m surprised uUnited didnâ€™t insert a clause in Dalotâ€™s loan contract to stop him playing against us,â€ quibbles Peter Kingsnorth. â€œEven though he was never held in great regard here it would be a kick in the teeth if he has a great game…â€ Ominously, heâ€™s in god scoring form at the moment, having netted in Milan;s win over Verona last weekend.
Want another Readersâ€™ European Football Adventure? Well, hereâ€™s Stephen Oâ€™Sullivan. â€œOn my many travels basically every other week, one of our lads did a pie league. he religiously bought a pie at every stadium. Then he rated them.â€ I can only assume Stephenâ€™s network has collapsed and that he would otherwise have included the rest of that tale. Fair to say, following Matt Drakeâ€™s introduction of this theme, itâ€™s 0-0 in the story stakes so far.
â€œMilan have the brothers Donnarumma in their squad today – and both are goalkeepers!â€ notes Peter Oh. â€œWow, just imagine the battles around the laundry basket and the garbage bin in the Donnarumma household when the stoppers were just wee lads, discovering their respective calling in life.â€
â€œHi Paul,â€™ begins Matt Drake. â€œI once went to a game at Slavia Prague. Itâ€™s not pertinent to the game today, but at the stadium I purchased (and consumed) the worst slice of pizza I have ever had.â€ Anyone else like to share stories of their European football travels? Donâ€™t be shy: as you can see, the quality control filter is set to not even slightly picky.
Solskjaer’s pre-match pep talk
â€œ[By beating Man City last weekend} We set the standard for ourselves as a group of players and itâ€™s about how often can you reproduce that kind of intensity, concentration and winning the ball in the right areas?â€
About Rashfordâ€™s ankle injury, he says: â€œHopefully it wonâ€™t be too long but heâ€™s not ready for tonight.â€
Eleven countries are represented in the last 16, including Norway, with Molde the first from there to make it this far. With no clubs from Germany, France or Portugal, what should we glean from the failure of any sides from three of Europeâ€™s supposed Big Five leagues to reach this stage?
Slavia v Rangers
Slavia: Kolar; Bah, Kudela, Zima, Boril; Sima, Stancu, Holes, Provod, Olayinka; Kuchta
Subs: Visinky, Deli, Vagner, Teci, Dorley, Hromada, Masopust, Kovar, Lingr
Rangers: McGregor; Patterson, Goldson, Helander, Barisic; Kamara, Davis, Aribo; Hagi, Morelos, Kent
Subs: King, Simpson, Wright, Ughelumba, Itten, Zungu, Stewart, Roofe, McLaughlin, Arfield
Man United v AC Milan
Here are the lineups:
United: Henderson; Wan-BIssaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Matic; James, Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial
Subs: Shoretire, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Williams, Fred, Grant, Lindelof, Bishop, TraorÃ©
Milan: Domarunma; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Dalot; Krunic, Meite, Kssie; Saelemaekers, Rafael Leao, Daz
Subs: Tatarunsanu, Castillejo, Tonali, Kalulu, Tonin, Gabba, Donnarumma
Hello and welcome to the beginning of the Europa League last 16 ties, featuring
some intriguing match-ups. How about the seven-times European champions AC Milan against the three-times European champions Manchester United? Or Steven Gerrardâ€™s newly crowned Scottish champions against Slavia Prague, the team whose impressive victory at Leicester in the last round denied Brendan Rodgers the pleasure of duelling with Rangers again? A little later weâ€™ll have the latest instalment of Olympiakos v Arsenal, who canâ€™t seem to avoid other whenever they go on European adventures, and Spurs versus Dinamo Zagreb. Here are all of todayâ€™s fixtures:
Ajax v Young Boys
Dinamo Kyiv v Villarreal
Manchester United v AC Milan
Slavia Prague v Rangers
Granada v Molde
Olympiakos v Arsenal
Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk
Spurs v Dinamo Zagreb.