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Know Your Champions League Opponent: Manchester United

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This Wednesday at 2:45 PM Eastern US time, AC Milan will head to Old Trafford and square off against Manchester United.

THE PAST

Manchester United is one of the most historically significant clubs in all of the world and since the Premier League was established in the early 1990’s the club has dominated the top tier with eleven championships in the last twenty years.  Many of the greatest Premier League players proudly wore the red uniform and the team possesses the most famous coach in the league, Alex Ferguson.  They also have won 11 FA Cups and 3 UEFA Champions League titles as well.  Last season they finished the tournament in second place behind Barca.      

THE PRESENT

Currently in first place, this season has been a little bit more difficult for the Red Devils then most of their previous years of dominance.  Rooney has completely torn up the league though and deserves the honor of Most Valuable Player with a potential 30 goal season underway.  The defense is strong too with Rio Ferdinand leading the backline and the club has a solid, aging keeper in Edwin Van der Saar.  If Man U can build off of that first victory then the club could potentially be in the running for the double this season.   

THE PREDICTION

Before the series begun I figured that Manchester United would win by a combined score of 5-3 and I’m gonna stick with that prediction.  AC Milan did surprise me with their impressive form in the first match, but they needed to keep the score even to have any real chance of advancing to the next round.  Playing Man U away and down a goal is a very tough feat to overcome and the way Rooney is heading the ball recently will only make for more problems for AC Milan.  Plus even if Pato plays he will not be 100% ready to go and will likely be out of form.   

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