Diogo Dalot admitted he felt a little strange about walking out at Old Trafford playing for AC Milan against Manchester United.
The on-loan United full-back has been with Milan since agreeing a season-long deal last summer, having fallen behind in the defensive pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Dalot, who was signed by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2019, remains contracted to United but Europa League rules — and the conditions of his loan — made him eligible to face Solskjaer’s side. And he performed well, as Milan earned a deserved 1-1 draw against a lacklustre United outfit.
The 21-year-old then admitted to mixed feelings especially before the Europa League last 16 first leg tie.
After the game, he told BT Sport: “It was a mixed feeling to be honest when I first walked on the pitch before the game. I’m used to being this side of the pitch and now I’m on the other side. I missed this place as well, I had great memories with this club but today I was on the other side fighting for this badge, and that’s it.”
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Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by AC Milan after conceding a late equaliser.
Youngster Amad headed in his first ever United goal, but Simon Kjaer levelled in stoppage time to ensure the Europa League last 16 tie will be settled in Milan next week.
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He added that he thought Milan were good value for their draw, with the tie evenly poised heading into the second leg at San Siro next week.
“We were very compact, good with the ball, they couldn’t have any chances in the first half,” said Dalot. “But we knew they could be dangerous anytime, they have very good players especially in front, with speed and quality to play in the final third and they could get dangerous.
“Overall I think we did a fantastic game and we deserved the goal at the end. It’s always difficult to play in this stadium, against this team, but I think the boys did fantastic.”