Sir Alex Ferguson believes AC Milan are a different proposition since the departure of Kaka and is in buoyant mood as his Manchester United side prepare to travel to the San Siro.
Kaka moved to Real Madrid last summer, joining former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu. United lost 3-0 in their last contest with the Rossoneri at the San Siro as Kaka inspired the hosts to a semi-final win in 2007 and Ferguson is happy not to be facing the Brazil playmaker.
"It's a good time for us to be going to Milan," said Ferguson. "They played this weekend (beating Udinese 3-2 on Friday night), they've lost Kaka and have a few injuries, whereas we aren't playing this weekend and we have had a good rest."
Tactically, Leonardo's side have been forced to adapt since Kaka's move to Spain, according to Ferguson.
Ferguson added: "They have changed since they lost Kaka. They used Kaka at the head of a diamond and two front players but they have changed that and gone 4-3-3 with two wide players and three centre-midfield players.
"You have to recognise they are not short of skill and experience. Ronaldinho, Pato all these players, but equally we have players who can win the match too.
"After the experience in the San Siro three years ago, where they dominated the game, I know that won't happen again."
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