Old Trafford welcomes back a former hero but Sir Alex will be hoping Becks goes back to Milan an unhappy man.
Manchester United will be boosted by the return of Wayne Rooney from injury for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 second leg tie against AC Milan.
The in-form England frontman sat out Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Wolves with a knee problem but trained on Tuesday.
Wes Brown, however, misses out because of an injury sustained against Wolves, while Ryan Giggs (arm) and Michael Carrick (ban) are also unavailable.
David Beckham could start on the bench for Milan on his Old Trafford return.
The 34-year-old has not started a match since lining up in the first XI in the first leg in Milan and may have to content himself with a role as substitute again.
However, if selected, it will be the first time the former Manchester United midfielder, who was mobbed by supporters on his arrival at Manchester airport on Tuesday, has played at Old Trafford as a member of the opposition since he left for Real Madrid in 2003.
And he will almost certainly come up against Rooney, who has made a swift recovery from a recent knee problem.
“It was a worry with Rooney,” said Ferguson of his 28-goal front-man. “Looking at him last Friday I didn’t think he had any chance.
“But he has progressed and he plays and we are pleased at that because given his form at the moment I am sure that whatever match he went into he would be an absolute threat to anyone.”
Rooney’s return could mean Dimitar Berbatov drops to the bench with Ferguson favouring one man up front in recent European games.
Milan could also welcome back top-scorer Alexandre Pato and midfielder Clarence Seedorf after they missed the 0-0 draw at AS Roma on Saturday.
“We are very focused – the first leg has given us a good opportunity to come here and achieve something,” Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini said.
“But we know it will be a huge battle and a huge achievement if we pull it off.”
United have never been eliminated in Europe after winning an away first leg and have reached the last two Champions League finals, beating Chelsea in 2008 and losing last year to Barcelona.
Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Rafael, Evra, Neville, De Laet, Park, Scholes, Obertan, Gibson, Valencia, Nani, Fletcher, Rooney, Berbatov, Diouf. (BBC Sport)
Whilst it would be unwise to count chickens before they hatch the result that Manchester United acheived at the San Siro gives them a real edge ahead of tonight’s return leg at Old Trafford. All the talk this week has been about David Beckham’s return to the club that made him the superstar that he is today, however it is still unclear whether the LA Galaxy man will even be in the starting line up.
With three away goals in the bank AC Milan will have to score at least two goals and that could be easy said than done. Leonardo’s side have managed just 46 goals in 27 Serie A games but they do have an in form Alexander Pato to look to unlock the Man United defence.
Wayne Rooney’s return from injury is well timed and should help keep the Italian giants on the back foot and could help Sir Alex Ferguson’s side hit AC on the counter attack.
My Bet for the Day would be for United to keep a clean sheet which you can get odds of 11/10 on. Also worth a punt is Paul Scholes to score the first goal at 12/1.
My Prediction: 2-0 to Man United.