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Yunus Musah shines in first AC Milan start

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Yunus Musah’s long wait to earn his first AC Milan start came to an end on Saturday with the American midfielder playing a key role in a shutout home victory.

Musah started and played 90 minutes in AC Milan’s 1-0 triumph over Hellas Verona, a positive result after last week’s Milan Derby loss to rivals Inter.

The 20-year-old won eight of 13 duels, made nine recoveries, two interceptions, and completed three tackles in a strong performance for Stefano Pioli’s men. Rafael Leao’s eighth-minute goal was all AC Milan needed to stay in second place in the Serie A table.

Musah came into the match with only 46 minutes under his belt as club level following his permanent transfer from Valencia this summer. However, a strong showing in a much-needed win for the Rossoneri could lead to a growing role in the coming weeks.

Fellow USMNT teammate Christian Pulisic started and played 80 minutes in the match.

“It’s a good group, from day one they welcomed me well,” Musah said postmatch about the positive treatment he has received since joining AC Milan. “There are very good and down-to-earth players, they helped me a lot.”

AC Milan faces Cagliari and Lazio in its final two matches of the September schedule.

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  1. It looks like Musah earned the start over Loftus-Cheek and likely played well enough to stay in the starting lineup. Hope he keeps it up and earns a start in the next UCL match.

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    • They used a different formation, 3-4-3 with Musah as a RWB instead of as an 8 in their 4-3-3. So When RLC subbed in it was for Krunic at CM and Yunus played as the wingback outside Ruben. When Pulisic came out they pushed Yunus into CP’s place and played Pobega as the RWB. Pioli seems just to be rotating players around to keep them fresh, Calabria and Hernandez also didn’t start.

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    • Saying Yunus earned this “over ” RLC is an exaggeration.

      It’s not like Yunus beat him out. RLC needed the rest.

      He’s been playing a lot. Milan brought in a lot of new players and they need to see what they have in them.

      Musah came in late and has not played a lot. This was a chance to give him a bunch of time and see what he can do.

      Milan are a ways yet from figuring out exactly what their best 11 is, and already have injuries (Krunic, their first choice defensive midfielder is going to miss at least a month) on top of a pretty busy schedule. You’ll probably be seeing a lot of rotation.

      It’s a long season.

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      • That’s what everyone has been saying since Weston got there.

        It’s way too early yet. No one at Juve is safe right now even Allegri. Like Milan, Juve is far from having things figured out.

      • The Italians used to make major moves based on form (Form is Fallacy) BUT now they seem to be picking and constricting teams more like the Germans by Fit. In this way Wes has almost “never” been a fit for Allegri. BUT he has been in fine form for the Old Lady when he’s in the line up. He is in fact a difference maker for them.

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