Paul Pogba made an instant impact on his return for Manchester United as a 1-0 victory over AC Milan at San Siro sent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils into the Europa League quarter-finals.
United headed into Thursday night’s round-of-16 second leg needing a result after a 1-1 first-leg draw at Old Trafford.
Milan carried a valuable away goal back to Italy after Simon Kjaer’s injury-time header had cancelled out Amad Diallo’s opener in that game, and the delicate balance of the tie was reflected in a cagey opening 45 minutes in Milan.
With United needing to score to stay in the contest, Solskjaer made a half-time change as Pogba returned from his injury layoff in place of Marcus Rashford – and it proved an inspired change.
Three minutes into the second half, Milan failed to clear from inside their own penalty area as United kept the pressure on. The ball fell to Pogba on the left, and he faked before clipping a glorious finish high past Gianluigi Donnarumma at the near post to hand United the advantage. continue reading