Paul Pogba scored just three minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute to mark his first appearance since February 6. It was Pogba’s fifth goal of the season and completely transformed the complexion of the tie as the Red Devils produced a much-improved second-half showing.
United had started brightly but faded as a cagey first half ended on an even footing. Milan actually had the better openings with Dean Henderson making a fine stop to keep out a well-struck drive from Alexis Saelemaekers. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responded by bringing on Pogba for a first outing since picking up a thigh problem six weeks ago
TALKING POINT – POGBA MAGIC KEEPS UNITED IN THE HUNT
The headlines will be all about Pogba and perhaps rightly so. The midfielder is truly world class when he’s on it. The way he faked the shot to outfox Gianluigi Donnarumma before finding the net with a lethal finish.
MAN OF THE MATCH – PAUL POGBA (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Ched Evans scored the only goal of the game as MK Dons came from behind to beat Barnsley and reach the second round of the FA Cup.
Pogba has scored in his last two appearances at Giuseppe Meazza (both v AC Milan) Man Utd have progressed from each of their last two knockout ties with Milan in European competition. Henderson has kept 11 clean sheets in just 18 appearances for Man United in all competitions this season.