David Beckham says he is excited at the prospect of facing Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time, but maintains he wants them to lose.
The midfielder will line up against his former club in the Champions League last 16 second-leg tie, with Milan needing to overturn a 3-2 deficit.
But the 34-year-old said: “I’m not nervous.
“Coming back to Manchester as a Milan player is exciting. It will be a tough game for us but nothing is impossible.”
Doubt remains as to whether Beckham will start the match but if he does play at Old Trafford it will be the first time since he left United for Real Madrid in 2003.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was unsure whether his former player would feature and was struggling to predict Milan’s team as a result.
“I am finding it difficult to pick their team, I don’t know whether Beckham will start,” said the Scot.
“I have not got that down in my conclusions about their team. He has not started a game since the first leg, so it is difficult to say what impact he will have on the game.
“But he will be there and the one thing you have to be aware of is his delivery of the ball, which is fantastic. That is the threat. There are a lot of threats in their team of course, but we are well aware of David’s.”
Asked whether Beckham had a chance of starting, Milan coach Leonardo evaded the issue.
“For Beckham, it is obviously something special to have the opportunity to play against Manchester United given his history at the club,” he said.
“When we saw the draw we knew it would be an unbelievable situation for him. But knowing David, and his attitude, I am sure he can cope.”
Beckham admits this is the first time he has ever wanted the club he supported as a boy to lose.
“I will always be a Manchester fan and this is perhaps the first time in my life that I want them to lose,” he told the Milan website. “I’ll meet up with many friends and all the people who supported me for many years on the night.
“I played in that stadium for many years and I know what it means to be a Manchester United player.
“But I also know what it means for opponents to play there. It is always difficult to win, especially 2-0. We know we’ll have to go for it, play good passes and create many moves, we have many players who can score. We are aware of the fact that it will be a very difficult match, but nothing’s impossible.
“Milan have a lot of experience in Europe, they’re one of the best clubs in the world.”