Although Manchester United FC may not need to win at AC Milan on Wednesday, victory at San Siro would have extra significance beyond the small matter of confirming a place in the UEFA Champions League final.
Having triumphed 3-2 at Old Trafford in their semi-final first leg against the Rossoneri, the English giants are within one victory of a century of wins in the European Champion Clubs' Cup, including qualifying, a feat that has only been achieved by three other clubs. Real Madrid CF have been successful 173 times in Europe's premier club competition, followed by FC Bayern München (115) and semi-final rivals Milan (106). The Rossoneri will need to make it 107 if they are to reach this year's final in Athens on 23 May.
It has been a historic season in continental action for United, with a UEFA Celebration match being staged last month against a Europe XI, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and United's half-century in European competitions. The event raised €1.9m for the Manchester United Foundation. Meanwhile, Gary Neville looks likely to have to wait to play his 100th UEFA Champions League game. The United captain, who is suffering from an ankle injury, is on 98 games and would join an élite club of five players to have featured in at least 100 group-stage to final matches since 1992/93 if he recovers in time to play on Wednesday and United reach the final.
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