In the 37th minute of this evening’s premier Europa League encounter between Manchester United and AC Milan, it looked as though the Red Devils had taken the lead from a set-piece.
Alex Telles showed his dangerous dead-ball and crossing ability with a lovely corner whipped in from the right side, which floated over to the far post, where an open Harry Maguire was positioned to score.
With United’s club captain just a couple of yards out, as well as facing a gaping open goal, the centre-back somehow managed misconnect with the ball, as it was shinned onto the post.
Replays show that Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma got a slight tip to the ball before it made its way to Maguire, but it didn’t seem to change the flight of the ball that much in all honesty.
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“It’s come off his shin pad! How has he missed!”
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In a half in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side found themselves on the back foot for the most part, squandering an opportunity like this could prove to be very costly.