KEY POINTS

  • Milan forced a 1-1 draw against Man Utd in Europa League
  • Amad Diallo scored after coming off the bench for Man Utd
  • The return leg of their Round of 16 fixture will take place next week

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offered an update on injured Marcus Rashford after Manchester United drew 1-1 against AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday.

Rashford suffered a muscle knock last weekend during the Manchester derby and was substituted 20 minutes before the Red Devils' 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium. As a result, Rashford missed Manchester United's first leg of their Round of 16 encounter with Milan at Old Trafford.

In a post-match interview Thursday, Solskjaer expressed hope that Rashford will be back in time for Europa's return leg against Milan but he was not confident of featuring the player in his side's league game against West Ham on Sunday.

Manchester United were also without Edinson Cavani for the AC Milan game at home, while Anthony Martial was substituted at half-time, after suffering a hip problem.

"Anthony got a whack on his hip so there's another forward we need to scan and look at. I definitely hope Marcus is back for next Thursday in Milan. I'm not sure he'll make Sunday but, fingers crossed, as we'll need him. Edinson, I don't think will be ready for Sunday, no," Solskjaer said in a post-match press conference.

Ahead of the West Ham fixture in the Premier League on Sunday, Mason Greenwood is Manchester United's only fit striker. With the team 14 points behind leaders City in the 2020-21 league table, Solskjaer can only hope to have his full squad back as soon as possible.

Amad Diallo, who replaced Martial ahead of the second half, netted an excellent header past Milan's goalkeeper to put the hosts 1-0 up just five minutes into the second half. Milan, who earlier had been denied a goal when Franck Kessie's first-half volley was ruled out for handball, snatched an extra-time equalizer. Milan's center-back Simon Kjaer netted a near-post header as the Red Devils' goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, failed to make a good attempt to make a safe.

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Manchester United are currently placed second in the 2020-21 Premier League POOL / Stu Forster

The return leg of Manchester United and AC Milan's Europa League Round of 16 clash is scheduled to be held next week. While Red Devils skipper Harry Maguire is confident of making it to the quarters, he has sent across a warning to his boys.

"We need to play better [in Italy] than what we have done tonight. I felt we did enough to win 1-0 although they probably had the majority of the game but we had the best chances of the game. But we need to play better and we know we can play better. It is going to be an exciting tie next Thursday and an important one for us. We have got to go there and play a lot better than we did tonight and we can go through," Maguire told BT Sport in a post-match interview.

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