Paul Pogba scored just three minutes into his return to action as Manchester United beat AC Milan 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
The round of 16 tie was delicately poised from the first leg, which had ended as a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
That match had been a tense affair and this one was no different. Chances were at a premium in the first half despite a decent intensity.
Alexis Saelemaekers probably had the best chance of the first half. The Milan wide man forced Dean Henderson to bat away a shot struck along the ground.
Other than that, there were few moments in which either keeper was tested. For example, a few minutes before Saelemaekers’ chance, Victor Lindelof made an excellent tackle to prevent Franck Kessie from getting into a shooting position.
That moment summed up the pattern of the first half, with both sides pushing but struggling to get clear-cut chances.
The last action of the half saw Hakan Calhanoglu disrupted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka when trying to turn a cross into the corner. The Milan attacking midfielder still got a shot away, but it went wide.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a change at half-time, replacing Marcus Rashford with Pogba. The midfielder, who had been out for over a month, made an instant impact upon his return to action.
After a goalmouth scramble, Pogba feigned to shoot from a tight angle, before taking aim and sticking it in the back of the net.
It meant United had crucially matched Milan in terms of scoring an away goal.
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Immediately, the game sparked into life again, with both sides now finding it easier to get shots at goal. Mason Greenwood was next to have a go for United, but left a comfortable save for Gianluigi Donnarumma.
As Milan chased an equaliser, they sent on former United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Diogo Dalot, on loan from the Red Devils.