Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Photos)
Simon Kjaer scored a closing-gasp equaliser to give AC Milan a dramatic 1-1 scheme at Manchester United after Amad Diallo scored his first plot for the hosts in the Europa League closing 16 first leg on Thursday.
Kjaer netted with a bullet header in the final seconds of stoppage time at Extinct Trafford.
The Milan defender’s unhurried intervention wicked a memorable second for Ivorian teen Diallo.
In handiest his third appearance for United, Diallo gave a gape of the doable that persuaded the Premier League membership to pay £18 million ($25 million) to signal him from Italian facet Atalanta in January.
Accurate five minutes after approaching as a half of-time replace, the 18-year-primitive attach United in front with a unparalleled header.
Legends including Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho have all featured in old clashes between United and Milan.
While it is far too quickly to self-discipline Diallo in that firm, United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that scoring along with his first ever effort on plot bodes neatly for the grand-hyped baby’s future with the membership.
At 18 years and 243 days, Diallo is the fourth youngest player to rating for United in a major European competition, after Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and George Simplest.
Diallo, but to launch for United, made his debut as a replace in the Europa League closing 32 first leg against Staunch Sociedad.
This changed into once his second dwelling appearance and scoring at Extinct Trafford’s neatly-known Stretford Halt changed into once even sweeter for the precocious starlet.
While Diallo’s headline-grabbing act changed into once primary, it wasn’t adequate to support United manufacture on the momentum from their 2-0 have at Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis on Sunday.
With United 14 parts on the support of Metropolis, the Europa League and FA Cup shriek their most productive hopes of winning the main trophy of Solskjaer’s reign.
The second leg in Italy next Thursday might perchance well furthermore merely no longer be straightforward for United on the evidence of a steady and particular performance from hurt-hit Milan’s slash of promising children.
Topped European champions 10 times between them, United and Milan were once feared for his or her swashbuckling play and monetary muscle, but every golf equipment have lost their lustre nowadays.
In a signal of the descend in requirements at Extinct Trafford and the San Siro, the main meeting between two of the sector’s most historical groups since 2010 changed into once their first outdoor the Champions League knockout stages.
Milan known as the images early on and Rafael Leao had the ball in the rep when he sprinted particular to fireplace dwelling, handiest to see his effort ruled offside.
Stefano Pioli’s facet were denied an 11th-minute opener after Franck Kessie pounced on a protracted throw and smashed a unparalleled strike previous Dean Henderson from perfect contained in the gap.
Kessie’s celebrations were untimely as a VAR review showed the ball had glanced off the midfielder’s arm earlier than his shot.
Harry Maguire changed into once responsible of an unparalleled miss when the United defender, no more than a yard out, come what might perchance shot against the post after Bruno Fernandes flicked on Alex Telles’ corner.
United had moved the ball too slowly and with too tiny reason in the main half of, so Solskjaer changed Anthony Martial with Diallo at half of-time.
After a transient delay while he had a wristband taped up on the touchline, Diallo’s introduction proved an impressed pass as he broke the impasse in the 50th minute.
Fernandes unfurled a scrumptious long poke in direction of Diallo, who made an incisive crawl on the support of the Milan defence and looped a suave backwards header over Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Nonetheless United didn’t fabricate on that lead and Milan’s brilliant play changed into once rewarded with perfect seconds left when Kjaer powered his header previous Henderson from a corner.
Collated Europa League closing 16, first leg outcomes on Thursday:
At Manchester, England
Manchester United (ENG) 1 (Diallo 50) AC Milan (ITA) 1 (Kjaer 90+2)
Slavia Prague (CZE) 1 (Stanciu 7) Rangers (SCO) 1 (Helander 36)
Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 0 Villarreal (ESP) 2 (Torres 30, Albiol 52)
Ajax (NED) 3 (Klaassen 62, Tadic 82, Brobbey 90+2) Younger Boys (SUI) 0
At Granada, Spain
Granada (ESP) 2 (Molina 26, Soldado 76) Molde (NOR) 0
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 2 (Kane 25, 70) Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 0
At Piraeus, Greece
Olympiakos (GRE) 1 (El-Arabi 58) Arsenal (ENG) 3 (Odegaard 34, Gabriel 80, Elneny 85)
Roma (ITA) 3 (Pellegrini 23, El Shaarawy 73, Mancini 77) Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 0