Paul Pogba came off the bench at half time and scored in the 48th minute. With the win, the Red Devils entered tomorrow’s hat for the last 8 draws.
Throwing out a stern challenge in the first game at Old Trafford, the Rossoneri showed a slack display tonight.
That energy, spirit and liveliness were completely absent from their game, and even the presentation of the star Zlatan Ibrahimović could not cause a return.
Milan certainly increased the pressure in the dying moments, but he could never really create decent opportunities.
Manchester United passed as a well-deserved winner and will learn their next opponents tomorrow.
Manchester United and AC Milan score and lose from the match:
Hit: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Now it’s the kind of influence Manchester United fans have been desperately waiting to see from Paul Pogba.
Entering a break to replace Marcus Rashford, the Frenchman scored just three minutes after the restart to bring United ahead.
The pull of the penalty area saw the Rossoneri fail to clear the lines before Pogba lifted a daring effort over Donnarumma from a narrow angle.
Returning just after a tendon injury, the 28-year-old got his first leg of the Europa League season of the season and also marked it with a winning goal.
Pogba, if he stays in form, could play a key role in United’s charge for the title in the competition.
Flop: Hakan Calhanoglu (Milan)
Having missed the first game of the clash at Old Trafford, it was expected that tonight’s return of Hakan Calhanoglu would strengthen them.
But the Turkish international squealed instead and failed to impress his authority in the game.
He was in no way terrible, he even made a few good passes, one of which saw Ibrahimovic with his head and extorted a fine save from Dean Henderson.
However, when you are number 10 on the side and are often the main creator, the expectations that will be on your shoulders will also be quite high.
Unfortunately, Calhanoglu did not justify them tonight.