Ole Gunnar Solskjaer frustrated by AC Milan leveller and Anthony Martial injury in Man Utd draw

Manchester United looked set to head to San Siro next week in the driving seat thanks to teenage substitute Amad Diallo's first goal for the club, before injury-time Simon Kjaer header; Anthony Martial brought off at half-time with a hip injury

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Man Utd's 1-1 draw with AC Milan
Image: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left frustrated after Man Utd's 1-1 draw with AC Milan

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was frustrated by the way Manchester United blew victory late on and allowed AC Milan to grab a potentially crucial away goal in their Europa League last-16 tie. 

Despite being second best for much of Thursday's last-16 first leg, United looked set to head to San Siro next week in the driving seat thanks to teenage substitute Amad Diallo's first goal for the club.

The 18-year-old became the club's fourth youngest European goalscorer thanks to his superb, improvised header - a fine effort that was cancelled out deep in stoppage time.

United's soft underbelly from set pieces was exposed when Simon Kjaer met a corner with a header that Dean Henderson will be frustrated not to have kept out as the first leg ended 1-1.

AC Milan players celebrate their late equaliser
Image: AC Milan players celebrate their late equaliser

"We dropped too deep in the box so the structure, there's a yard or two deep from everyone, really," Solskjaer said of the equaliser. "Of course you're always disappointed when you concede a goal in that manner.

"Simon Kjaer is obviously a good player, he makes a good run, he's strong and his marker gets blocked off, so he gets in front of him.

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"Disappointed but then again that can happen. I've been part of a team that's scored in injury time in Europe myself on a set play.

"Of course it makes it more difficult. Always when you concede at home, you're never happy when you do. One minute before full-time is also disappointing but we've got to take that on the chin and just travel down there next week and go for it."

Amad Diallo's superb backwards header put Man Utd ahead
Image: Amad Diallo's superb backwards header put Man Utd ahead

On the impact of the away goal on the round-of-16 tie, Solskjaer added: "It makes it harder but it makes us have to go down there and score goals and win the game.

"That might suit us. It probably will suit us. We're a team that's better when we go forward, more direct.

"Today we didn't win the ball well enough or in good enough positions to find the counter attacks. We were too slow, we didn't move our feet well enough in our half and they played well, to be fair, as well."

Martial injury update

Anthony Martial 0:24
Solskjaer says he expects to be without Anthony Martial and Edison Cavani for their game with West Ham on Sunday

The United boss confirmed that Anthony Martial was brought off at half-time due to a hip injury, and will need a scan.

Solskjaer also said he is hoping Marcus Rashford will be fit for the return leg in Milan on Thursday, but is likely to miss Sunday's game with West Ham, live on Sky Sports, due to an ankle issue sustained in the win at Man City.

Edinson Cavani is also unlikely to play on Sunday with a muscular injury, adding to United's injury issues in the forward line.

"Anthony got a whack on his hip, so there's another forward we need to scan and look at.

"I desperately hope Marcus is back for next Thursday in Milan, I'm not sure he's going to make Sunday. Fingers crossed because we'll need him.

"Edinson I don't think can be ready for Sunday."

'Bruno pass for Diallo incredible'

Amad Diallo celebrated scoring his first goal for Manchester United vs AC Milan 0:21
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy to see Amad Diallo score his first goal for the club in their 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the Europa League

January signing Diallo replaced Martial at the break and made quite the impression, scoring his first United goal just five minutes after coming on.

"I think the pass was incredible," Solskjaer said of Bruno Fernandes' assist.

"I think the pass more or less made the goal, the keeper's position as well. The flick is probably the only thing he can do and he should do.

"But perfect timing, perfect little weight on the flick. Great moment for the kid."

What's next?

Man Utd now host West Ham on Sunday at 7.15pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League, while AC Milan are at home to Napoli in Serie A at 7.45pm on Sunday.

The second leg of this last 16 tie will be on Thursday March 18 at 8pm.

Pitch to Post Preview - North London derby build up; plus Diallo's instant impact, and how do Everton become a top four side?

In this week's Pitch to Post Preview Podcast we turn our attention to Arsenal vs Tottenham, as the north London rivals prepare to face off at the Emirates. Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports football journalists Ben Grounds and Ron Walker to assess the big match. The panel reflect on positive Europa League wins for both sides, consider the potential team selection issues, and which team needs the win more.

We also hear the latest from Sky Sports News reporter Alan Myers on Everton's push for the Champions League spots, ahead of their tricky test against Burnley, while Ron returns to assess Amad Diallo's fine first goal for Manchester United and the challenge they face on Sunday against an in-form West Ham, who also have ambitions for the top four.

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