Teen substitute Amad Diallo opened his Manchester United account in type however Simon Kjaer’s stoppage time header denied Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males’s victory against AC Milan within the Europa League.
The 16-final conflict, eagerly anticipated between these European heavyweights, produced Thursday night time’s drama and set up an fascinating return recreation in San Siro subsequent week.
Diallo’s substitute, improvised header appeared to have secured a tricky win at Old Trafford, just for Kjaer’s last-gasp header to seal a well-deserved 1-1 draw for Milan.
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The truth is, Solskjaer’s side would have been lucky to be heading to Italy on the forefront of how the Rossoneri, who was hit absent, defeated the hosts for lengthy intervals.
United checked out a shell of the side that had received impressively in Manchester City on Sunday and Franck Kessie was denied an early opener when the video assistant referee controversially dominated he had a deal.
Company had been runners-up all through the opening interval however unusually didn’t enter the break forward as an unmarked Harry Maguire met a flicked corner forward with a shinned effort and hit the post.
Diallo did higher at specialist entry from a quick ‘Bruno Fernandes’ free kick, however Milan secured a probably crucial away goal on the point of death when Kjaer took benefit of United’s incapacity to defend sure pieces.
Milan deserved this end result at Old Trafford, the place they played impressively regardless of not having the likes of former United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Theo Hernandez and Ante Rebic.
Rafael Leao noticed a fifth-minute opener go unnoticed as Stefano Pioli’s males began on the entrance foot, with the Rossoneri discovering the net once more within the eleventh minute.
United had been caught napping as Kessie managed a throw in from the suitable and continued to strike a intelligent strike past Dean Henderson to send the undefeated guests wild.
There have been few complaints in regards to the goal because the teams lined up for the primary kick, just for Solskjaer’s males to obtain an surprising reprimand as VAR canceled the goal out for a spectacular Kessie handball.
It was a controversial decision however Milan remained unfiltered, with Alexis Saelemaekers experiencing a handful as Manchester City academy graduate Brahim Diaz.
Rade Krunic abuses an effort earlier than Saelemaekers exams Henderson because the Rossoneri continue within the ascent, main the Maguire sprinter to reprimand his offended teammates.
An early try by Anthony Martial, Gianluigi Donnarumma, was the best the hosts had assembled till Maguire wasted a wonderful chance to score a Thirty eighth-minute opener.
Alex Telles rocked a corner that Fernandes flicked on to the far post, the place the unbeaten United skipper didn’t convert from point-blank vary because the ball spun off his foot and away from goal.
Company shall be relieved to listen to the whistle at half-time after a torrid first 45 minutes, with Diallo showing in Martial’s place when the teams reappeared.
This was solely the third look of an 18-year-old substitute for United however he made fairly the influence, placing the hosts forward inside 5 minutes of coming on.
Diallo flipped between Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori and Diogo Dalot, who’s on loan from United, to satisfy Fernandes’ free kick with an outstanding header over Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma.
It was a intestine blow to the spectacular guests, who may have gone additional had it not been for a well timed block on Daniel James.
Ultimately, Milan rallied and began to place on weight once more, with Kessie denied by Henderson earlier than Krunic by some means didn’t get Davide Calabria’s cross on target.
James turned a whipping cross large because the heavens opened and played prolonged, with Milan screaming as Scott McTominay picked up a second order because the clock wound down.
The Rossoneri relentlessly pushed for a leveler and grabbed a goal away from home at stoppage time.
Nemanja lost Matic Kjaer when a corner got here in for a header that Henderson ought to have stored out.