Manchester United 2-2 AC Milan (5-4 on pens): Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side end pre-season on a high

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Manchester United 2-2 AC Milan (5-4 on pens): Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side end pre-season on a high thanks to shootout victory in Cardiff

  • Marcus Rashford put Manchester United ahead in the 13th minute in Cardiff
  • But former Liverpool man Suso equalised for AC Milan in the 26th minute 
  • Samu Castillejo then put the Serie A outfit ahead in the second half on Saturday 
  • But Jesse Lingard equalised for the Red Devils with just under 20 remaining
  • Welshman Daniel James scored the winning penalty in the shootout in Cardiff 

Manchester United showed plenty of fighting spirit without their big-hitters against AC Milan but defensive frailties underlined how much they need £80million Harry Maguire in the side.

While Maguire was undergoing a medical at Carrington, United fans packed out Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in an entertaining final friendly before the Premier League kicks off for United next weekend.

Without Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford stepped up to the plate with a stunning individual goal after 14 minutes when he cut inside two defenders before firing home a right-footed shot from 20 yards via a slight deflection.

Daniel James scored the winning penalty as Manchester United beat AC Milan in Cardiff

Daniel James scored the winning penalty as Manchester United beat AC Milan in Cardiff

Jesse Lingard made it 2-2 for Manchester United in the 72nd minute at the Principality Stadium

Jesse Lingard made it 2-2 for Manchester United in the 72nd minute at the Principality Stadium

Lingard's goal ensured the International Champions Cup fixture went to penalties on Saturday

Lingard’s goal ensured the International Champions Cup fixture went to penalties on Saturday

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United (4-3-1-2): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Young 65): Lindelof; Rojo (Tuanzebe 65); Shaw; Pereira (Lingard 65); McTominay; Matic (Fred 65); Mata James 64); Rashford (Gomes 82); Martial (Greenwood 82)

Goalscorers : Rashford 13, Lingard 72

Booked: Fred

AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Donnarumma (Reina 64); Calabria (Conti 77); Musacchio; Romagnoli (Brescianini 77): Rodriguez (Strinic 77); Borini (Gabbia 77); Biglia (Krunic 64); Calhanoglu; Suso (Bonaventura 77); Castillejo (Silva 64); Piatek (Maldini 77)

Goalscorers: Suso 26, Castillejo 60

Booked: Calhanoglu  

Milan, fifth in Serie A last season, responded well however to capitalise on United’s weakness a the back.

Nemanja Matic was outpaced by Fabio Borini who then squared a pass to another ex-Liverpool forward Suso to beat Reds skipper David De Gea after 25 minutes.

The Italians then took the lead midway through the second half when Samu Castillejo won a header that flicked off Victor Lindelof and past De Gea.

United, who left Paul Pogba at home with a reported back spasm, showed enough character to fight back and preserve their unbeaten pre-season record having won all five previous matches in Australia, Singapore and Norway.

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Jesse Lingard came off the bench to net a splendid equaliser, shifting Anthony Martial’s pass from right foot to left before drilling a low finish past another former Anfield player, Pepe Reina.

United attacked looking for a winner in 90 minutes but the International Champions Cup tie was eventually settled on penalties which United won 5-4. De Gea saved from Paolo Maldini’s son Daniel, before United’s Dan James slotted home the decisive kick.

Samu Castillejo (third left) put the Serie A outfit ahead 15 minutes into the second period

Samu Castillejo (third left) put the Serie A outfit ahead 15 minutes into the second period

Castillejo (far right) heads home with the final touch coming off United's Victor Lindelof

Castillejo (far right) heads home with the final touch coming off United’s Victor Lindelof

Suso (left) is mobbed by his Milan team-mates after making it 1-1 at the Principality Stadium

Suso (left) is mobbed by his Milan team-mates after making it 1-1 at the Principality Stadium

Solskjaer’s men start their league campaign at home to Chelsea next Sunday and expect Pogba to be in the team despite interest from Real Madrid.

Romelu Lukaku’s future is more uncertain though.

The Belgian hasn’t played in pre-season as he awaits a move to Juventus or Inter Milan and United ordered him to take down a social media post which revealed sensitive information about the players’ sprinting stats.

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The England international fires home into the bottom corner following a slight deflection

The England international fires home into the bottom corner following a slight deflection




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