Amad Diallo opened his senior Manchester United account in just his third appearance for the club.
Simon Kjaer’s stoppage time equaliser to give AC Milan an away goal advantage against Manchester United summed up another Kjaer-less showing from the Red Devils at their own patch.
The goal was reminiscent of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s strike from the last kick of the game in February, with United failing to defend their lead from a set-piece situation.
Perhaps the defenders at the club need to be more confident and determined to win aerial challenges, akin to Amad Diallo.
The Anthony Martial-replacement needed just four minutes to make his mark on the game, and become the youngest non-British player to ever score in a major European competition for United.
The 18-year-old impressively met Bruno Fernandes’ long ball, running backwards before flicking the ball over goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma into the visitors net.
That ball from Bruno Fernandes was absolutely world class.
Diallo with a beautiful finish. So happy for him. 🔴⚽❤️
— The United Link 🏆 (@TheUnitedLink) March 11, 2021
Same energy. pic.twitter.com/gTJAujOxIz
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 11, 2021
Amad’s confidence is beautiful, man. He plays like he has a right to be there, like he deserves to be there. So many young players play the safe game—“I’ll do the right thing”—but he plays his natural game. It’s so nice to see.
— UtdArena (@utdarena) March 11, 2021
Frustrating to concede a last minute goal but there’s still much to play next week.
— Bruno Fernandes (@B_Fernandes8) March 11, 2021
we are Manchester and we will fight for another 90 minutes💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/z8NjqXNdOU
— Amad🇨🇮 (@Amaddiallo_19) March 11, 2021
Certainly a special night for the Ivorian forward.
Diallo got the chance to score his debut goal due to Anthony Martial’s injury in the first-half. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the Frenchman ‘got a whack on his hip’ and will need to be assessed before he’s deemed fit to face West Ham this weekend.
Now with Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani already injured on the sidelines, the former Atalanta youngster might get more minutes, and hopefully another goal when he returns to Italy to face AC Milan in the second-leg next week.