Milan were heading towards a decent result – albeit a disappointing one considering the events of the game – as Man Utd had a one-goal with just minutes to go of second half. However, then Simon Kjaer stepped up and scored a crucial away goal for the Rossoneri, who are now in a very good position.
Stefano Pioli’s men did very well despite the injury crisis, playing without the likes of Ismael Bennacer, Hakan Calhanoglu, Theo Hernandez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic. The alternatives stepped up, just as we saw against Hellas Verona, and with a bit more luck they could have won the game.
Franck Kessie had a goal disallowed for handball, which sparked controversy as it looked far from clear on the replays. Milan also created several good chances and only conceded because they left Bruno Fernandes with too much space, having closed him down with great success for most of the game. Down below are the Rossoneri’s top performers.
1. Franck Kessie
He was the MOTM yet again with what was a dominant performance in the middle of the pitch. His contribution was significant in both phases of the game and it’s a shame that his great strike was disallowed. He made sure to close down the Man Utd players and often won the ball back, alternatively stopping the Red Devils’ attacks.
It has been said many times before, especially this season, but he’s the one Rossoneri player that continues to perform on a consistent level. Even with so many key players injured, forcing him to play with teammates that haven’t featured as much, he steps up and takes on the role of a leader.
2. Soualiho Meite
It was arguably the Torino loanee’s best performance with the Milan shirt, having been somewhat criticised in his first month with the club. Against Hellas Verona, he played it simple and put in the defensive work, amassing a solid display. This evening, though, he added advanced plays to his game.
He was extremely comfortable on the ball and much like Kessie, used his strength to keep the Man Utd players away. He has certainly given the Rossoneri management a lot to think about as there is a buy-out clause in the deal. Having said that, the season is indeed still very long.
3. Simon Kjaer
It’s worth mentioning that his colleague at the back, Fikayo Tomori, also did well this evening and as a pairing they worked well together. However, the Dane was crucial with his late equaliser and finally got his first goal for the club, having hit the frame of the goal so many times.
He was also responsible for several successful long balls that broke the line and put Man Utd’s defence in trouble. Defensively, you couldn’t ask much more of him as he was decisive in the duels and also made sure to limit the space of the attackers. It remains to be seen if he will start against Napoli, and if so, who he will link up with.
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