Tonight's duel between Manchester United and Milan is in the center of attention of the 1/8th finals of the Europa League. According to many, worthy of the same round of the Champions League. After all, these are clubs that have been continental champions ten times together, with the Italian representative being much more successful (7: 3).
English, however, is the favorite tonight because the guests arrive at Old Trafford crippled by injuries. The beginning of this match, as he announced in an interview for Tutomercato, will be eagerly awaited in his pizzeria by the Swede Jasper Blomqvist.
The former football player of both clubs says that he will follow the events on the field very emotionally. "I would not like Milan to be eliminated, but I have stronger relations with Manchester United, with whom I won trophies and whose ambassador I was at the end of my career."
"Moreover, I am still in contact with people from the club," admitted the former midfielder, who with the Red Devils in 1999, he won the triple (Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup), while Milan was his first club after leaving Sweden when he left Gothenburg in 1996.
His former teammate, Ole Gunnar Solskajer, will sit on the bench of the home team. "I didn't expect to see him in the role of coach. He surprised us all with that decision, but he does a great job. It was not easy for him to take over the team that often changed coaches before him."
"He had to start all over again, but he showed he has patience and to firmly believe in his work. He had a difficult period, but in general, he works very well. I say again that I was surprised that he became a coach, and at the same time, I am very glad about it."
"United is not at the level they want to be, but they are slowly reaching the level of City and Liverpool ", believes the former representative of Sweden, with whom he won the third place at the World Cup in the United States in 1994.
Blomqvist referred to the arrival of Marek Hamšík in Gothenburg. "It's really amazing. In my opinion, he's the biggest name that has come to play in Sweden. There were Ibrahim Ba and Teddy Sheringham in the past, but the former was at the end of his career at the time and the last one just at the beginning. Hamsik, though and he's not that young anymore, he still has something to show. "