Manchester United have themselves a super-sub to thank for taking the lead against AC Milan in tonight’s Europa League knockout tie, with Amad Diallo turning into Chicharito Hernandez to score.
In the 49th minute of the encounter, less than five minutes after 18-year-old Diallo was introduced to the field as a halftime substitute, Bruno Fernandes won a free-kick after getting the better of Frank Kessie.
Whilst the broadcasters were busy showing replays of the incident, Fernandes punished an unprepared Milan side as he floated a quick free-kick forward.
Amad Diallo darted ahead of Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori to position himself in a dangerous area, but the wonderkid surprised everyone when his 5ft8 self scored with a backwards looping header.
Reported target Gianluigi Donnarumma could not stop the Italian-Ivorian in his efforts, perhaps due to some rare indecisiveness, whilst Tomori simply couldn’t get close to Amad Diallo in a blip from the ace.
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Welcome to Old Trafford, Amad Diallo!
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 11, 2021
Pictures from BT Sport.
Here’s how some of the Man United faithful reacted to the fact that rival player Tomori was the man beaten for Amad Diallo to score his first ever goal for the club:
tomori embarrassed by 4’11” amad diallo
— will spruce (@shoearmyprop) March 11, 2021
Tomori getting smoked by amad diallo,you love to see it #UEL
— Enrico (@Enriico6) March 11, 2021
Martial was pocketed by kjaer
Diallo out jumped and dunked on tomori and donnarumma
— Michael??MUFC/???? (@Michael_Zilla7) March 11, 2021
La Cobhams finest ?
— ?™? (@AniUTD) March 11, 2021
Their boy Tomori got done by Don Diallo
— Col (@amarhUtd) March 11, 2021
Tomori he make Diallo bully am like that??
— Ron Swanson (@bigsean_jakes) March 11, 2021
There’s no doubt that some of United’s supporters will continue to poke fun at their Chelsea counterparts for this over the rest of the night, whilst the Blues may want to refrain from any praise for the England international – even if it is well deserved – until the dust settles.