Manchester United will face Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 clash tonight.

The fixture belongs in the Champions League really, with both clubs trying to get back to where they were in previous years.

Nemanja Matic spoke to the club’s official website about the tie, which will see United go up against Diogo Dalot.

Matic said he has watched some of the games the 21-year-old has played out on loan at the San Siro and has been impressed with his performances.

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I have seen a couple of games and he’s been playing well every time he plays,” said Matic of Dalot.

I think it was a good move for him, to get some minutes and to play at another big club.

“To play at Milan is like playing for Manchester United, you get lots of pressure, many supporters follow you, so yes he has done well and I hope he will continue that way and then one day come back and play here.”

Former United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also at Milan but will miss tonight’s game and Matic added: “Zlatan is a little bit more experienced.


“Diogo is just starting out in his career and has 15 more years to play and Zlatan only has 10! They are both great people.”

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In theory, there’s a spot open for Dalot at United when his loan spell finishes.

He could come back and battle Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the right-back spot, offering a more offensive option.

But there was talk earlier this week that United could extend his stay at Milan for another year – and that would make most sense for all parties.

Dalot – who can play in both full-back roles – could continue his development, playing more regularly than he would at United.

He’s largely been playing at left-back for Milan, but with Luke Shaw, Alex Telles and Brandon Williams in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, the route into the first team in that position looks very crowded right now.

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