Manchester United looked set to go to San Siro next week within the driving seat because of teenage substitute Amad Diallo’s first goal for the club, before injury-time Simon Kjaer header; Anthony Martial brought off at half-time with a hip injury
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was frustrated by the way Manchester United blew victory late on and allowed AC Milan to grab a potentially crucial away goal in their Europa League last-16 tie.
Despite being runner-up for much of Thursday’s last-16 first leg, United looked set to go to San Siro next week within the driving seat because of teenage substitute Amad Diallo’s first goal for the club.
The 18-year-old became the club’s fourth youngest European goalscorer because of his superb, improvised header – a fine effort that was cancelled out deep in stoppage time.
United’s soft underbelly from set pieces was exposed when Simon Kjaer met a corner with a header that Dean Henderson are going to be frustrated to not have kept out because the first leg ended 1-1.
“We dropped too deep within the box therefore the structure, there is a yard or two deep from everyone, really,” Solskjaer said of the equaliser. “Of course you’re always disappointed once you concede a goal therein manner.
“Simon Kjaer is clearly an honest player, he makes an honest run, he’s strong and his marker gets blocked off, so he gets ahead of him.
“Disappointed on the other hand again which will happen. i have been a part of a team that’s scored in injury time in Europe myself on a group play.
“Of course it makes it harder . Always once you concede reception , you’re never happy once you do. One minute before full-time is additionally disappointing but we have got to require that on the chin and just travel down there next week and choose it.”
On the impact of the away goal on the round-of-16 tie, Solskjaer added: “It makes it harder but it makes us need to go down there and score goals and win the sport .
“That might suit us. It probably will suit us. We’re a team that’s better once we proceed , more direct.
“Today we didn’t win the ball tolerably or in ok positions to seek out the counter attacks. We were too slow, we didn’t move our feet tolerably in our half and that they played well, to be fair, as well.”
Martial injury update
The United boss confirmed that Anthony Martial was brought off at half-time thanks to a hip injury, and can need a scan.
Solskjaer also said he’s hoping Marcus Rashford are going to be fit the return leg in Milan on Thursday, but is probably going to miss Sunday’s game with West Ham, survive Sky Sports, thanks to an ankle issue sustained within the win at Man City.
Edinson Cavani is additionally unlikely to play on Sunday with a muscular injury, adding to United’s injury issues within the forward line.
“Anthony got a whack on his hip, so there’s another forward we’d like to scan and appearance at.
“I desperately hope Marcus is back for next Thursday in Milan, I’m unsure he’s getting to make Sunday. Fingers crossed because we’ll need him.
“Edinson i do not think are often ready for Sunday.”
‘Bruno pass for Diallo incredible’
January signing Diallo replaced Martial at the break and made quite the impression, scoring his first United goal just five minutes after approaching .
“I think the pass was incredible,” Solskjaer said of Bruno Fernandes’ assist.
“I think the pass more or less made the goal, the keeper’s position also . The flick is perhaps the sole thing he can do and he should do.
“But perfect timing, perfect little weight on the flick. Great moment for the child .”
Man Utd now host West Ham on Sunday at 7.15pm, survive Sky Sports Premier League, while AC Milan are reception to Napoli in Serie A at 7.45pm on Sunday.
The second leg of this last 16 tie are going to be on Thursday March 18 at 8pm.
Pitch to Post Preview – North London derby build up; plus Diallo’s instant impact, and the way do Everton become a top four side?
In this week’s Pitch to Post Preview Podcast we turn our attention to Arsenal vs Tottenham, because the north London rivals prepare to bully off at the Emirates. Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports football journalists Ben Grounds and Ron Walker to assess the large match. The panel reflect on positive Europa League wins for each side , consider the potential team selection issues, and which team needs the win more.
We also hear the newest from Sky Sports News reporter Alan Myers on Everton’s push for the Champions League spots, before their tricky test against Burnley, while Ron returns to assess Amad Diallo’s fine first goal for Manchester United and therefore the challenge they face on Sunday against an in-form West Ham, who even have ambitions for the highest four.