Man Utd 2-2 AC Milan: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Red Devils Earn Penalty Shootout Victory

Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw by AC Milan on Saturday evening, but prevailed on penalties after Daniel Maldini missed I Rossoneri’s final penalty, and Daniel James tucked away the winning spot-kick.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the 14th minute when he cut in from the left-hand side and drove a deflected effort over Gianluigi Donnarumma’s despairing dive, before Suso levelled proceedings with a sumptuous curling effort from the edge of the Man Utd box, having been given far too much time and space by the Red Devils’ defence.

Milan took the lead on the hour mark, as Suso’s cross was flicked towards the far post by Samu Castillejo, before taking a slight deflection off Victor Lindelof. Substitute Jesse Lingard brought his side level with 20 minutes to play thanks to a smart through-ball by Anthony Martial, and substitute James scored the winning penalt MANCHESTER UNITED

Key Talking Point

The United boss seems intent on building his side in the image of the United of old, with fluid counter-attacks and a swashbuckling swagger – but it’s painfully apparent that his side just aren’t well-equipped to carry out these demands.

Whilst they are filled with pace in the forward line, the midfield is full of plodders and lacks anyone who is capable of breaking between the lines. Solskjaer’s flying attack initially looked dangerous, but Rashford and Martial became very isolated as the game wore on.

United’s best spell of the game came early on, when the Red Devils dominated possession and pinned Milan back into their own penalty area. As soon as United lost their grip on the midfield battle, they looked lost and out of ideas. Plenty to chew before the opening Premier League fixture for the United boss.