The draw for the last 16 of the competition produced a very interesting fixture as the Red Devils take on high-flying Milan, who sit second in the Serie A table just three points adrift of rivals Inter.
Thursday’s match will also see Dalot – who is on loan at San Siro – take on his United teammates, with Uefa rules allowing loan players to face their parent clubs.
The right-back is looking in fine form ahead of the game and netted in Sunday’s win over Verona, darting into the box and firing a venomous effort into the top corner.
Fernandes is clearly keeping a close eye on his compatriot – who he grew very close to when he first moved to Manchester last year – and congratulated him on his goal.
Taking to Instagram, the United playmaker replied to one of Dalot’s posts saying: ‘What a goal you just scored!’
And Dalot responded in kind, setting the scene for their upcoming tussle: ‘Thanks brother. I’ll see you Thursday!’
The Red Devils ended rivals Manchester City’s long winning run thanks to goals from Fernandes and Luke Shaw in a 2-0 victory at the Etihad – though the gap to the top of the table is still 11 points.
Speaking about netting from the spot against City, Fernandes told MUTV: ‘Every penalty has the same pressure for me. It’s always pressure to take a pen, doesn’t matter if it’s against City, or another team. It’s always pressure to take the pens.
‘I like that kind of pressure. It’s good pressure. I knew what I had to do. I did it in the right way with the right power and I’m happy to score, of course.
‘Honestly for us it’s about winning. People will always complain about everything. Today it will still be Bruno never scores in big games.
‘They will put open play no goals, it was a penalty [and say] it doesn’t count! So for us the most important thing is winning the game.
‘It doesn’t matter how you score, when the ball touches the net it’s a goal. I will be happy and it doesn’t matter if it’s me or another one scoring.’