Amad Diallo scores stunning first Old Trafford goal as Man Utd draw with AC Milan in Europa League

Date published: Thursday 11th March 2021 7:48 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester United had to settle for a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie despite Amad Diallo scoring an impressive first goal for the club.

Billed as the tie of the round, the first leg lived up to expectations despite there only being two goals.

The game took no time at all to spark into life. Milan had the ball in the back of the net within six minutes, when Rafael Leao fired past Dean Henderson with a right-footed finish.

However, Leao had set off a little too early when receiving the ball over the top, so the goal was ruled out for offside.

United soon responded with a chance of their own when Gianluigi Donnarumma was forced to tip over a stinging left-footed volley from Anthony Martial.

Another volley almost led to the opening goal at the other end moments later. Franck Kessie received the ball on the edge of the box from a throw in, turning towards goal before lacing through the ball and beyond Henderson.

Once again, though, Milan’s goal was ruled out. VAR deemed Kessie to have handled the ball in the buildup; it was a let-off for United.

Milan remained the stronger side in the first half, with Alexis Saelemaekers forcing Henderson into a comfortable save.

United also had their chances, though – but would have been hoping to do better than Harry Maguire did when he inexplicably sent the ball crashing against the post from just yards out.


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Amad Diallo makes instant impact

The Premier League started the second half in better fashion, thanks to the introduction of Amad Diallo at half-time.

The recent recruit made an instant impact, giving United the lead just six minutes after coming on with a spectacular first goal for the club.

Darting forwards, he spun to head the ball with the back of his head. It looped over Donnarumma to make it 1-0.

Milan now had to up the pressure even more. Rade Krunic went close with a header, for example.

United were also pushing for another goal, but Daniel James could not shoot on target after being set up by Mason Greenwood.

Just as it seemed they were set to deny Milan any away goals, they conceded in stoppage time. Simon Kjaer headed in from a corner, with Henderson failing to keep it out.

It leaves the tie delicately poised ahead of the return leg in Italy next week. Milan will feel confident thanks to their away goal, but it should be another close game.

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