Manchester United’s players attempted to put Milan on the defensive from the start and were overwhelmingly successful. The concern for the Red Devils was that no clear-cut scenario existed. Daniel James went down in the Rossoneri penalty area in the 21st minute and begged a penalty kick, but the referee was unmoved. Fred hit with precision a minute later.
Milan started to strike back as the game progressed, and at the end of the first half, the English goalkeeper was in deep trouble.
First, Alexis Saelemaekers’ strong shot was well deflected, and Rade Kruni missed the goal from a few meters just before the break. Both sides entered the halftime break with a goalless tie, which favored the Italians.
At halftime, Manchester City’s manager agreed to focus on Paul Pogba to provide the offensive impetus. For a fleeting moment, the Frenchman repaid the confidence. He scored from five meters in the 49th minute, taking advantage of the Milan defense’s complete inability to clear the ball.
A minute later, it may have been a draw, but Henderson wowed with a spectacular reflex saving. Donnarumma, on the other hand, delivered an equally spectacular interference. The conference was definitely in full swing.
After the defeat, Milan trailed by two goals, so their coach responded by sending Zlatan Ibrahimovic onto the field. The Italians were searching for a score to tie the contest. Franck Kessie made a clear error in the 72nd minute.
A minute later, Manchester City goalkeeper David De Gea saved his team once more, this time after “Ibra” struck his head from a few meters down. The English fought valiantly until the finish, repelling the Italian team’s ferocious assaults. They also launched dangerous counter-attacks.
Manchester United had advanced to the Europa League quarter-finals when the final whistle blew. The draw on Friday will determine who they will play. Milan is still in Serie A contention.
In another game, the Rangers were defeated 0:2 at home by Slavia Prague. After winning the two-match series 3:1, the Czechs advanced to the quarter-finals. The Scottish team ended ninth in the match and thereby exited this season’s European cups.