5 talking points ahead of Thursday’s Europa League action

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All four British clubs are well placed to progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Manchester United face the toughest task as they head to the San Siro to face AC Milan with the tie level at 1-1, while Arsenal and Tottenham both hold two-goal first-leg leads and Scottish champions Rangers have an away goal from their 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague.

Here the PA news agency looks at the talking points.

Auba drive?

No rest for Kane

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring
Tottenham captain Harry Kane is charged with seeing leading his side into the quarter-finals (Julian Finney/PA)

Zlat is back

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit to face his former side Manchester United having missed the last four matches, including the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. The Swede, who has been recalled to the national team for the first time since announcing his retirement in 2016, has a habit of not just stealing the limelight but demanding it and although he is expected to start on the bench the idea of making a grand entrance to be the match-winner will definitely appeal to the 39-year-old, who spent two seasons at United.

Tricky balance for United

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates with Edinson Cavani
Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani return for Manchester United’s trip to the San Siro (Clive Rose/PA)

Can Rangers continue their ride?

Having sewn up the domestic title Rangers have the chance to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League for the first time since they lost to Zenit St Petersburg in the final in 2008. Steven Gerrard’s side have an important away goal but will be wary of what Slavia Prague did to Leicester in the previous round, drawing 0-0 at home but then winning 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

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