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Beckham's Back: A Milan Preview

    The game is due to kick off very soon and all of the attention--unsurprisingly--surrounds David Robert Joseph Beckham's first match against Manchester United. There's not much time for a preview left, but here are the starting elevens.

AC Milan: Dida, Bonera, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Beckham, Pirlo, Ambrosini, Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato, Huntelaar.
Subs: Abbiati, Gattuso, Inzaghi, Seedorf, Flamini, Favalli, Abate.

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher, Park, Rooney.
Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, Owen, Berbatov, Valencia, Gibson.

Hit the jump for more...

    Rafael holds his place ahead of the more experienced Brown and Neville, while Evans plays alongside Rio. It's a five man midfield set up for the counter-attack, but Park somewhat surprisingly keeps the pacy Luis Antonio Valencia out of the side. Rooney will lead the line again. Beckham starts for Milan, and they have a powerful forward three of Huntelaar, Pato, and Ronaldinho.

    This is the round when the Champions League really begins in earnest. Oh, and welcome back, "Goldenballs".

Hit the jump for extended highlights of our last battle against Milan. That was a different side, featuring the fabulous Kaka, and it will be interesting to see just how far we have come.


Manchester United vs AC Milan 3-2 2007 (via runescape7610)


AC Milan vs Manchester United 3-0 (2nd leg - 2007) (via GP732676)