Lukaku was again denied a spot-kick by VAR after an Inter player was discovered to have handled just before Christian Eriksen was bundled over in the box, and he fired a late shot wide under pressure from Tapsoba as Inter held on for victory.
Ibrahimovic then netted during the first half stoppage time, heading in at the back post after Franck Kessie directed a corner into his path, making the Swede the oldest player to score in the famous fixture at the age of 38 years and 129 days.
Mbappe will undoubtedly play a key role in the semi-final but all could depend on which Neymar turns up on Tuesday night. The Brazilian forward brings as much controversy to the pitch as he does talent but is up there with the very best when he rises to the occasion.
The Dutchman’s arrival means Solskjaer now has a wealth of options to choose from in the middle of the park, with Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay already battling for places ahead of the new campaign.
In the end, a bumper pay-hike and playing assurances convinced Grealish and family to stay. But the mutual attraction between the now Villa captain and United has long since remained. And eight years on, Solskjaer, who was coaching inside the Carrington academy when Grealish was first spotted, can now make good on Sir Alex’s initial attempt.
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