Man Utd’s winners and losers from Cardiff shootout victory over AC Milan

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Manchester United beat AC Milan on penalties after a 2-2 draw in Cardiff , where Welshman Daniel James netted the winning spot-kick.

In front of over 65,000 at the Principality Stadium, United took an early lead when Marcus Rashford raced away down the left hand side and smashed home into the bottom corner via a deflection.

The Serie A giants levelled when the former Liverpool man Suso capitalised on sloppy play from Nemanja Matic to fire home, and they then took the lead in the second period when Samu Castillejo’s header flicked in off Victor Lindelof.

Jesse Lingard then levelled within moments of coming on, and after Daniel Maldini – son of Paolo, saw his penalty saved by David de Gea, it was left to James to win it from 12 yards.

Daniel James won it from the spot for United

Here are some winners and losers.

Winner: Marcus Rashford

Rashford cut inside and fired home in the first half

He doesn’t need any further proof that he’s United’s No.1 forward going into the new season, but the England man was again turned to by Solskjaer to lead the line in the Welsh capital, and again he delivered.

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Showing fine pace to get o the ball down the left-flank, his finish was a little fortunate as it got a little nick on the way through, but he deserved his luck as he netted a third goal of pre-season.

Starting the season as his side’s first-choice forward is sure to bring its own confidence boost, and the sky really is the limit.

Loser: Nemanja Matic

Matic was dispossessed before Suso’s goal

You don’t want to labour a point, but the Serbian really isn’t all that quick. And as games speed up around him, his limitations only become more and more exposed.

That was the case for Milan’s first half equaliser as Matic’s dallying on the ball was eventually punished by Suso after he’d given it away, and you can bet that Premier League sides will be noting him as a weak link.

Winner: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

It was another assured display from the right-back

You get the impression that, such is the way that the right-back has settled in at United, these won’t be the last words you read that are praising Wan-Bissaka this season.

But he just seems to have been there all his life.

This was another assured pre-season display, the latest of many.

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Loser: Juan Mata

The Spaniard struggled to make an impact

Harsh? Probably, but the Spaniard will known more than anyone that he needs to make an impact in games like these if he’s to try and hold down a starting place in the United side when the real stuff starts.

And he was fairly anonymous for his hour on the pitch here.

Winner: Jesse Lingard

Lingard scored for United to make it 2-2

It only took Lingard around seven minutes after his introduction t make his mark on the game, and serve his manager a reminder of his talents.

The England man will feel as though he should be a likely starter for the Chelsea game next week, and he showed just why with a smartly-taken finish past Milan’s former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who was predictably booed when he came on.

Like Rashford, this promises to be a massive season for Lingard, and if he keeps coming up with goals then he’s going to eventually win over his critics.





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