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Europa League: AC Milan 0-1 Manchester United: Pogba Does Italian Job On Milan As United Reach The Quarters

United came to the San Siro knowing they needed to score and they made a bright start. The passing was fluid the movement off the ball was slick and they looked a threat when they came forward. Although they’d started well Donnarumma hadn’t been worked in the Milan goal.

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It didn’t take long for the home side to come into the game with Kessie, Castillejo and Saelemaekers all causing problems. United’s passing had gone sloppy and they were getting deeper and deeper. Milan now found themselves in control and they were getting into some promising areas. With that said it took them until the 41st minute to test Dean Henderson in the United goal. Saelemaekers low strike was to hot to handle and it was turned behind for a corner. Half time arrived and the game was goalless. As it stood Milan were going through….

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The second half started with the returning Paul Pogba replacing Marcus Rashford. The United forward had struggled for most of the half and he’d looked anything but fit. No sooner had the Frenchman entered the field United had taken the lead. After some persistence from Fernandes and Fred the ball broke to Pogba who took his time before firing it into the roof of the net! Fantastic finish and United now had the crucial away goal. Now it was Milan who now had to score.

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Paul Pogba scores 'cheeky' goal on his Manchester United return to see Red  Devils beat AC Milan to make Europa League quarter-finals
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United had been poor for most of the first half but they now looked a completely different team. The introduction of Pogba had given the whole team a lift and you could see the confidence flowing through every player.

Mason Greenwood had been a menice all night and it took a fine block from Tomori to ensure his left foot strike didn’t trouble Donnaruma. United were coming forward at every opportunity to try and kill the tie and the pace of Dan James was proving a real problem. The Welshman had been fouled on a number of occasions, it was the only way they could stop him.

Milan were still in the tie and with 25 minutes remaining they sent on ex United man Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It took him just 9 minutes to trouble his old employers but Henderson made a fantastic save to deny him. The United number 2 had certainly redeemed himself after his mistake from the first leg. Ibrahimovic must of thought his towering header was in!

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Dean Henderson bounces back in style for Manchester United
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Maguire and Lindelof had been excellent all game and another clean sheet was looming large. The two CB’s along with Shaw and Wan-Bissaka had been superb. McTominay had also been impressive, the tenacious midfielder had covered every blade of grass in this grand old stadium.

United had managed the game perfectly since going a goal up. Their second half display had been brilliant and they were minutes away from the quarter finals. As we entered 5 minutes of added on time the ball was deep in the Milan half which is exactly where United wanted it. Milan managed a late free kick but it was well cleared and seconds later the final whistle went!

United had done it. They’d come to the San Siro and knocked the Italian giants out on their own patch. Surely now Solskjaer’s men will fancy they can go all the way in this years Europa League.

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