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Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti believes the experience of Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini will be invaluable when his side face Manchester United in the Champions League semi-final later this month.

The Italian side set up the date with the Premiership leaders after a 2-0 success at Bayern Munich on Wednesday secured a 4-2 aggregate win.

The previous evening, Ancelotti had watched United thrash Milan’s Serie A rivals Roma 7-1 and Ancelotti admits he was in awe of their attacking prowess.

“I saw Manchester United against Roma and they were frightening,” Ancelotti told The Sun.

“They are murderous on the counter-attack and solid in defence.

“My key defenders have recovered fitness. They have been together since 2003 and are still the best defensive pairing in the world.

“Don’t forget we play the return leg at the San Siro. That could make the difference.”

Milan last met United at the quarter-final stage of this competition in 2005, with the Italian club prevailing 2-0 on aggregate.

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