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One step forward, two steps back: Amad sparkles but old habits die hard for fragile Man Utd

Solskjaer’s side face a difficult second leg next week having conceded to a last-minute set-piece but the form of their teenage winger is encouraging.

This was another example of one step forward and two steps back, which has been the story of Manchester United’s season. The injury-time equaliser they conceded against AC Milan means they have a huge task on their hands to turn around this Europa League last-16 tie at San Siro next week.

Teenage winger Amad Diallo was almost the hero that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so desperately needed after an insipid first half, as he became the youngest non-British player to score for United in European competition. He came off the bench at the half-time break to head United into the lead.

But old habits die hard. Solskjaer’s side were yet again caught out from a set-piece as Simon Kjaer grabbed the visitors a deserved leveller deep into stoppage time.

The United goalkeeper Dean Henderson should have done better, having been handed the starting shirt, and will come under pressure for the position once David de Gea is back in contention.

Progress is a word that has often been used when discussing the club this season, and the question of whether or not they are making any. In days gone by, this clash between two of Europe’s heavyweights would have been played on a Tuesday or Wednesday night under the Champions League lights. But not now.

Both teams are fighting to get back to where they believe they belong – right at the very top. And after a lethargic and ponderous first-half display from the home side, which led to Harry Maguire screaming at his team-mates to stop giving the ball away, it felt like Stefano Pioli’s men were a lot closer to achieving that dream than Solskjaer’s.

After the derby win against Manchester City at the weekend, Maguire explained how it had reignited the long-standing belief that they can go out there and beat the best. However, they certainly didn’t start the game with that mentality.

Milan are arguably the best team left in this season’s Europa League and United struggled to match them. Maguire missed his side’s best chance from a yard out and the whole team looked off the pace, giving away sloppy passes time and again.

OLE ISSUES UPDATE ON RASHFORD AFTER MILAN DRAW

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has outlined when he hopes to have Marcus Rashford available for selection again.

Marcus missed out on our 1-1 draw with AC Milan at Old Trafford on Thursday, after coming off with a muscle injury 20 minutes before the end of the victory in the Manchester derby at the weekend.

Edinson Cavani was also absent for the duel with the Rossoneri, while Anthony Martial was substituted at half-time for Amad, after suffering a hip problem. full story

Fernandes and Williams congratulate Diallo on first Manchester United goal

The Portuguese midfielder and the England youth international have felicitated with the Ivorian youngster for netting his maiden Red Devils strike

Bruno Fernandes and Brandon Williams have saluted Amad Diallo on his maiden Manchester United goal in Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw with AC Milan.

The 18-year-old winger, who replaced injured Anthony Martial at half-time, put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ahead just four minutes after his introduction in the Round of 16 tie – heading a cross from the Portuguese midfielder past goalkeeper Antonio Donnarumma.

In the process, he became the youngest non-British player to score in a major European competition for the Old Trafford giants at age18 years and 243 days.

Remarkably, his maiden effort came with a first-ever shot for the team in just his third appearance for the Old Trafford giants.

Another record that dropped for Diallo saw him become the first player from Cote d’Ivoire to find the net for the Old Trafford giants in the Champions League or Europa League.

While it looked like Stefano Pioli’s men would return to San Siro empty-handed, they equalised in the closing stages through Simon Kjaer.

The duo, who also featured against the Red and Blacks, took to social media to congratulate the former Atalanta teenager on his goalscoring feat.

“Frustrating to concede a last-minute goal but there’s still much to play next week. Congrats Amada Diallo on your first goal,” Fernandes tweeted.

Resounding this is Williams, who came on for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the 74th minute.

“Frustrating to end the game like that! But it’s only half time and all to play for hundred percent. Amad Diallo big congrats bro, just the start.”

The Cote d’Ivoire prospect had gone on Twitter to revel in his maiden goal, while expressing optimism that his team can get the job done in Italy.

“We are Manchester and we will fight for another 90 minutes.”

Manager Solskjaer also shared his view on the Cote d’Ivoire prospect.

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