Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking forward to a reunion with Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Manchester United were paired with AC Milan in the last-16 of the Europa League.
The Serie A title challengers will visit Old Trafford on Thursday, March 11, before the return leg in the San Siro a week later, and the clash between two of European football's heavyweight clubs is probably the toughest draw United could have had at this stage of the competition.
Ibrahimovic hasn't faced United since he left the club in March 2018, with his last appearance coming on Boxing Day 2017 against Burnley.
He joined Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy three months later but since returning to Milan he has proven he still has something to offer, registering 16 goals in 20 games this season despite turning 39 in October.
Ibrahimovic won't be the only familiar face to United, who have right-back Diogo Dalot on loan at AC Milan this season. The 21-year-old has played 19 games for the Rossoneri this season, including in their last-32 second-leg draw with Red Star Belgrade last night, and he will be eligible to face his parent club next month.
“Zlatan, of course, I've been so impressed, I've got to say, by how his career has gone. He had a career-threatening injury when he was here but came back from that and went to [the] MLS, then came back to Milan and has really lifted them," said Solskjaer.
"They're on the up and have done really well this season. I've been so impressed by him, and Diogo we know. He went there to get some experience at a big club and he's learned a lot.
“He's played a lot more games this season, kept fit and, hopefully, we can give him some bother!”
Manchester United secured their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Real Sociedad.
Next up for the Reds is a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.
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United's five previous ties with Milan have been in the European Cup or Champions League, including three in six years between 2004/05 and 2009/10.
The 3-2 win in February 2010 is their only win over AC Milan in the San Siro and Solskjaer is aware of just how difficult a draw it is.
“We do have the tradition of making it hard for ourselves in draws. It's one of those draws again that you feel could be a Champions League game," he said.
"It's good for us to have these games to look forward to. This team needs challenges and we enjoy challenges and we embrace them.
“The tradition and history of AC Milan, it's a great club that we welcome and it's a great stadium that we go to there, and we're looking forward to it."