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Amad’s magic not enough as wasteful Man Utd leave work to do in Milan

The Norwegian is at the point of his Old Trafford reign when he needs to start putting medals on the table.

He, of all people, knows what this club is all about. That silverware is what counts, for all the talk of cultural resets.

That has never changed at United. Success is in their DNA. It is precisely the culture Solskjaer is trying to build.

And while derby wins like last Sunday provide bragging rights when fans can eventually return to the workplace – Manchester City will almost certainly be the ones celebrating at the end of the season with at least one major trophy.

For United, realistically there are only two left to play for. But after this 1-1 draw with Milan, their hopes lifting the Europa League are now in serious jeopardy.

A wonderful goal from teenage winger Amad Diallo looked like giving them a lead to defend in the second leg. But Simon Kjaer’s 92nd-minute header gave the Italians the away goal they undoubtedly deserved and the score-line a more accurate reflection.

In truth, it probably still flattered United, who twice had to pick the ball out of the back of their net before seeing the efforts ruled out.

Franck Kessie was particularly unfortunate to see VAR disallow his wonderful strike that crashed into the roof of Dean Henderson’s net.

The verdict: handball. But it was far from conclusive.

Remember, this was a Milan team without Zlatan Ibrahimovic – and when other chances were squandered, United could only be thankful that their former striker was not on hand to capitalise.


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