Paul Pogba returns from injury to help Man Utd beat AC Milan in Europa League


Paul Pogba returned from injury to rating the winner as Manchester United beat AC Milan 1-0 on Thursday to attain the Europa League quarterfinals, whereas Mislav Oršić netted a hat trick as Dinamo Zagreb shocked Tottenham 3-0 to remove the London crew.

Pogba was introduced on at halftime and had a right away impression as he scored two minutes later to help United safe a 2-1 mixture victory.

“Paul looked like he’d been out for six weeks. He’s been working really hard but playing football is a different matter and you can see that he needs more time,” United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned. “He couldn’t play for more than 45 minutes and he’ll get better and better which is fantastic for us for the rest of the season … He’s going to give us a big boost.”

Arsenal, Roma, Ajax and Villarreal all went via as properly.

In Milan, former Manchester United ahead Zlatan Ibrahimović additionally made his comeback from injury as an alternative however noticed his greatest effort saved as his highly effective header was clawed away by goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

“There’s so much disappointment, we played two matches well, today we just missed a goal,” Ibrahimović mentioned. “We made an error on the again however that’s soccer and in the event you don’t take your possibilities it’s harder to undergo.

“But now I’ll be back to help the team. … We didn’t deserve to go out tonight, but you also learn from negative moments to grow and we’ll move forward.”

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic gestures through the Europa League spherical of 16 second leg match between AC Milan and Manchester United on the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, March 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Ibrahimović performed for United from 2016-18, serving to it win the Europa League in 2017. That was the English facet’s final trophy.

After conceding a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, United began positively at San Siro however Milan slowly bought into the match and had the very best probability with the final kick of the primary half as Rade Krunić volleyed broad of the left submit.

Pogba had missed the previous 10 matches however warmed up throughout halftime and changed Marcus Rashford instantly after the break.

And he put United in entrance moments later. Milan failed to clear the ball following a shot by Daniel James and the ball finally fell to Pogba, who fired into the roof of the web from shut vary.

Pogba nearly arrange a second for United three minutes later when he discovered Mason Greenwood however the ahead’s try was saved by Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Pogba additionally headed over shortly earlier than full time in a dynamic efficiency from the Frenchman.


Oršić accomplished his hat trick with the winner in further time as Dinamo Zagreb overturned a 2-0 deficit from the primary leg to attain the quarterfinals 3-2 on mixture.

Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur vs Dinamo Zagreb Tottenham’s supervisor Jose Mourinho through the Europa League spherical of 16 second leg match between Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspur on the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, Croatia, March 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Playing simply three days after its coach was handed a jail sentenc e and resigned, Zagreb accomplished an unlikely turnaround in the 106th minute when Oršić dribbled between two Tottenham defenders and fired in a shot from the sting of the realm for his third objective.

Zoran Mamic give up as Dinamo coach on Monday after Croatia’s Supreme Court confirmed his almost five-year jail sentence for tax evasion and fraud. He was changed by assistant Damir Krznar.

And Zagreb appeared higher organized all through towards a Tottenham crew coached by Jose Mourinho, though the hosts wanted greater than an hour to break the impasse.

“I feel more than sad,” Mourinho mentioned. “The basic of football is the attitude and they beat us on that.”


Arsenal superior regardless of a 1-0 loss at house to Olympiakos, progressing 3-2 on mixture.

After a decent first half, Youssef El-Arabi, who additionally scored in the primary leg, weaved via the field to rating and provides the Greek facet hope after 51 minutes.

Arsenal missed quite a few possibilities all through the sport, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang losing a trio of alternatives, however the guests’ hopes had been ended when Ousseynou Ba was despatched off for a second reserving seven minutes from time.


Roma cruised via after a 2-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in Kiev accomplished a 5-1 victory on mixture.

Spanish striker Borja Mayoral scored each targets for the Italian facet both facet of a reply from Junior Moraes.

It was equally snug for Ajax, which gained 2-0 at Young Boys to progress 5-0 on mixture.

Villarreal earned a second straight 2-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv, whereas fellow Spanish crew Granada superior 3-2 on mixture regardless of dropping 2-1 at Molde.

Slavia Prague gained 2-0 at Scottish champion Rangers, which completed the match with 9 males. The Czech crew progressed 3-1 on mixture.


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