Franck Kessie scored an early thunderbolt to give AC Milan a lead against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It was early reward for a positive start for Milan and a flat one from United – before the officials chalked it off.

VAR ruled Kessie handled the ball in the lead up to the goal, and just like an offside call minutes earlier, the goal was disallowed.

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United later took a 1-0 lead through Amad Diallo, before Simon Kjaer scored an injury time equaliser.

Milan were frustrated Kessie’s goal was disallowed. Kjaer was among those to hit out after the game.

The Danish defender told TMW: “The handball on Kessie’s goal wasn’t there, I talked to him, it’s a mistake. That goal would have changed the game. We had a great match tonight.”

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli added: “Kessie assures me that he didn’t touch the ball with his hand, but the referee’s decision was different.”


Former Milan star Massimo Ambrosini said: “The replay seems to deny the referee’s decision.”

Milan will feel like justice was done, and it was a bit poetic for them that their goal had a handball call go in their favour.

Fikayo Tomori handled the ball in his own half and it was ruled accidental and play went on, before Milan scored a minute later.

The worst thing about this performance from United’s perspective was that Milan have gained confidence, and feel they can go toe to toe with us even with their injury list.

United are down a number of key players too. It’s all to play for in the second leg in Italy next week and hopefully we will get a numbers of key stars back for the fixture.

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