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Last-gasp equaliser makes it harder for Man Utd, says Solskjær.

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Walking Off The Old Trafford Pitch [Getty]
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Walking Off The Old Trafford Pitch [Getty]

Man Utd were close to beating AC Milan but the Italians snatched a stoppage-time equaliser.

Manchester United failed to beat AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie as the Italian giants scored a later header to rescue a deserved draw at Old Trafford.

The Serie A side didn’t have the option of turning to star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to his injury problem, but that didn’t stop Milan from showing they have what it takes to win the Europa League competition with their brilliant display on Thursday night.

AC Milan had a first-half goal from Franck Kessie ruled out by VAR for a handball decision before United took the lead through Amad, who opened the scoring with a header, six minutes after coming off the bench.

However, the visitors continued to dominate and following a series of failed attempts to get the ball past goalkeeper Dean Henderson, the San Siro club eventually got their luck late on and equalised through Simon Kjaer's header.

Solskjaer's Reaction: 'It makes it harder.'

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer told BT Sport after the game that the late goal they conceded makes it harder to qualify for the quarter-final:

“That makes it harder but it was always going to be down to the second game,” the Norwegian said.

“Henderson can save it of course, but we should have attacked the ball. We were a long way off it today.

“We were too slow with the possession, it is sometimes hard off the back of a game like Manchester City.

“He is creative, plays with freedom. Amad a nice goal, he still has loads to learn and will be better for that."

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