LIVE: Manchester United vs AC Milan

LIVE: Manchester United vs AC Milan

20′ OVER! Telles spots Donnarumma off his line and not concentrating on the ball. The Portuguese goes for goal, but sends his effort narrowly over the top from the left flank. 

A. Saelemaekers

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Milan

18′ Saelemaekers catches Telles with a late challenge and goes into the book.

17′ There’s no fluency to United’s game at the moment. At the weekend against City they were able to play on the counter, but there’s no space for them to exploit this evening.

15′ Saelemakers latches on to a clearance from the Telles and drills a low ball across the face of goal. It just evades Tomori attempting to attack the delivery at the back post.

13′ United have not been at their best in the early stages of the contest. Milan have been the better side and are unlucky not to be ahead.

11′ DISALLOWED GOAL!!! Kessie scores a stunner from the edge of the box, planting a volley into the top-left corner on his right foot. However, VAR has a second look at the incident and deems that Kessie controlled the ball with his hand from Calabria’s throw-in. United get a reprieve.

9′ Krunic lines up a speculative strike at goal from distance, but he sends his effort comfortably wide of the target.

8′ SAVE! Telles sends a cross into the box and Martial takes a neat first touch before connecting on the volley. He lines up his left-footed strike towards goal, forcing Donnarumma to turn it over the bar.

5′ DISALLOWED GOAL! Rafael Leao latches on to Kjaer’s ball over the top and surges into the box. He blasts a strike past Henderson, but the flag goes up against the forward late.

5′ Kessie catches Greenwood on the ankle and the forward winces in pain. However, he gets back to his feet and looks okay. United cannot afford any further injuries to forwards.

3′ Dalot probes down the left flank and clips a cross into the box, but Bailly rises to clear the danger for the home side.

1′ We’re underway at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have been eliminated from four of their five knockout ties with AC Milan, with no side eliminating the Red Devils more often in UEFA European competition (also Real Madrid, 4, excluding Super Cups).

Milan are still without Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to injury, and he is unlikely to play either leg against his former club. Mario Mandzukic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer are also missing. Alessio Romagnoli joined the injury list with a bruised foot he sustained at the weekend. Kjaer replace the Milan skipper alongside Tomori in the defence. Diaz comes into the midfield to replace Castillejo, who drops to the bench.

United are without Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani due to injury. Solskjaer has made four changes to his side that beat City last time out. Rashford is replaced in the line-up by Greenwood, who will spearhead the attack. Bailly starts at centre-back in place of Lindelof, while Telles gets the nod in place of Shaw. Both defenders drop to the bench as does Fred, who is replaced in the midfield by Matic.

MILAN SUBS: Ciprian Tatarusanu, Samu Castillejo, Sandro Tonali, Pierre Kalulu Kyatengwa, Riccardo Tonin, Matteo Gabbia, Antonio Donnarumma. 

MILAN (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Fikayo Tomori, Diogo Dalot; Soualiho Meite, Franck Kessie; Alexis Saelemakers, Brahim Diaz, Rade Krunic; Rafael Leao.

MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Victor Lindelof, Lee Grant, Fred, Amad Diallo, Luke Shaw, Nathan Bishop, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe, Shola Shoretire.

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic; Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial; Mason Greenwood.

Milan recorded a 2-1 win over Hellas Verona last time out to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to four games. The Rossoneri defeated Red Star Belgrade on away goals in the last round of the competition, benefitting from their 2-2 draw against the Serbian side on the road after drawing the second leg 1-1. Stefano Pioli’s men face a challenge against the Red Devils tonight given their recent at the weekend.

Manchester United are riding the crest of a wave after beating rivals Manchester City in the Premier League last time out. Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw secured a fine win for the Red Devils. They saw off Real Sociedad with ease in the last round of the Europa League, but Milan have been good enough in the competition and in solid form in Serie A of late. It will take a strong outing from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men this evening. 

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the first leg Europa League round-of-16 clash between Manchester United and Milan at Old Trafford.

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