The glamour tie between AC Milan and Manchester United pits the San Siro outfit's on loan midfielder David Beckham against the club he graduated from and United right-back Gary Neville has claimed that, despite his affection for the Old Trafford side, he will be looking to eliminate the club from the Champions League.
Sir Alex Ferguson will jet his Red Devils to Italy this week, as his side are due to face the Rossoneri at their Stadio Giuseppe Meazza ground on Tuesday in the first knock-out round of Europe's most prestigious cup competition.
Neville, nicknamed 'Red Nev' due to his own allegiance to the club, explained to the Mirror: "The fans remember the fact that he publicly said he doesn't want to play for any other club in England. He grew up as a Manchester United fan and played so well for the club but Becks always gives his utmost in any match he plays, irrespective of the opponents. He's a true professional and wants to do well for his club.
"I spoke to him when the draw was made and he was very excited about returning to Old Trafford. He'll get a great reception and I'm sure it will be a special night for him."He continued: "Beckham's presence does not distract from the importance of the match. It's the first time he's facing Manchester United since he's left, so the media are going to hype it up and market it before the game.
"Of course, it's a good story that he's returning to face us seven years after such a good career with Manchester United but I think once the match starts nobody will be thinking about it."
Neville stated that emotions will be put to the side as soon as they walk out onto the pitch.
"We have played against former team-mates like my brother, Phil, and Nicky Butt, so you get used to it. It may be stranger for Beckham and we wish him all the best. I spoke to him last week, but we didn't discuss Tuesday's game."Keep up to date with all the latest Champions League news with Goal.com