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Milan Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 AC Milan

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Milan dominated the game and get a well deserved away goal.

Manchester United v A.C. Milan - UEFA Europa League Round Of 16 Leg One Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

AC Milan took on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Europa League round of 16 first leg. Milan came in with numerous injuries and pulled off an incredible performances culminating in a last minute equalising goal. The game ended 1-1 and gives Milan an all important away goal ahead of the fixture at the San Siro next week. Numerous players held up well but it was all about Kjaer, Krunic and Kessie!

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STARTING LINE-UP

Gianluigi Donnarumma: Gigio didn’t have much to worry about except the odd shot. He was indecisive on the goal as he ran out but left himself vulnerable. Good game as captain but his mistake could have been costly. 6/10

Davide Calabria: Calabria continues to be one of the most consistent players. He drove the attack forward and kept his position defensively. He only had one major error when James had an open goal to shoot into but was otherwise solid. 6.5/10

Simon Kjaer: He barley put a foot wrong as he was defensively and even turned up the pace to keep up with James and Martial when needed. What a time to get your first goal for the Rossoneri, very composed and very impactful. 7/10

Fikayo Tomori: Tomori continues to impress. He did well overall as he aggressively pursued the ball and kept United away from goal but was caught napping when Amad beat him to score. 6.5/10

Diogo Dalot: Dalot did very well to keep United on their toes. His bursting runs, his desire to take on Wan-Bissaka and his exchanges with midfielders all did well. He held up defensively too as very few attacks came down from his wing. 6.5/10

Soualiho Meite: Meite is getting better and more confident. His dribbles are somewhat improving and his passing was good in this game. Decent display from him. 6/10

Franck Kessie: MOTM. That’s it. 8/10

Alexis Saelemaekers: Saelemaekers had an average performance. His work rate was good but he did not challenge Alex Telles enough. He did have a couple of good shots on goal but needs to work on his passing and crossing. 6.2/10

Rade Krunic: Krunic with another strong performance is starting to make a case for himself to remain as part of the rotation for next season. He whipped in the cross that got us the goal but did waste a couple of good scoring chances. He did show that he can get forward when needed. 7/10

Brahim Diaz: Diaz started off well and showed glimpses of magic. His passing did well and penetrated the United defence but over time they realised they could just push him around and he was overpowered for the remainder of his time on the pitch. 5.8/10

Rafael Leao: Leao looked slightly better in this game. He moved better but still struggled in this role as a striker when he does not have room to dribble. Had a few dangerous chances but largely put his best possible foot forward. 6/10

SUBSTITUTES

Sandro Tonali: Really made a difference when he came on, the ball flowed much better and there was more ease of the defensive end. It’s great he was not risked for the full 90 minutes. 6.5/10

Samu Castillejo: He did not do much of note when he came on. He struggled to press forward once Luke Shaw was brought on but generally seems to lack the directness that we need from a right winger. 5.5/10

Pierre Kalulu: Kalulu struggled fit in on the attacking phase of the game. His crosses were not great but he held up very well defensively and his work rate was a huge help in the dying minutes of the game. 6/10

MANAGER

Stefano Pioli: The manager pulled off a huge result in a very difficult moment for the club. The gamble of resting Sandro Tonali paid off. He made do without about 6 starters and managed the game incredibly well dominating possession and the opportunities. His substitutions were odd but somehow worked to get that crucial away goal. 8/10