Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back at Old Trafford after Manchester United’s draw against Milan in the last 16 matches of the Europa League.
The 39-year-old forward has established himself as a fan favourite during his nearly two-season spell at Old Trafford, scoring in Community Shield and League Cup triumphs in 2016-17. Ibrahimovic has played a key role in the Europa League’s winning run this season, but a serious knee injury in the quarter-finals against Anderlecht ruled him out from the rest of the campaign.
He only made seven other United appearances and looked set to end his career when he moved to LA Galaxy in March 2018, but he has thrived since returning to Milan in December 2019.
Stefano Pioli’s men are second in Serie A and are expected to provide tough opposition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with Old Trafford set to host the first leg on March 11 before returning to San Siro on March 18th.
Solskkjaer told club media: “This is another one of those draws that you think could be a Champions League game. It’s good for us to have these matches to look forward to. This team needs challenges and we love challenges and we accept them… Zlatan, of course, I was so impressed, I have to say, with the way his career has unfolded. He had a career-threatening injury when he was here, but he came back and went to MLS, then came back to Milan and really lifted them up.
Arsenal were drawn against Olympiakos, so they will return to the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus, which hosted Thursday’s final second leg against Benfica due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham were drawn against Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. Rangers’ reward for beating Antwerp is a draw against Slavia Prague, which shocked Leicester in the last 32 games on Thursday.