Yunus Musah didn’t have a successful game off the bench as AC Milan squandered a 2-0 lead against Lecce. Although he was played out of position, the American was heavily involved in both of the goals conceded.
Davide Calabria was the starting right-back for Milan but suffered from a minor discomfort, and was thus taken off at half-time. Everyone expected Alessandro Florenzi to replace him, but Stefano Pioli decided to bring on Yunus Musah instead.
On the first goal, Musah completely lost his player in the box and on the second one, he should have put the ball out of play (see the photos below). Two fatal mistakes that easily could have been avoided, regardless of the American’s position on the pitch.
I hate blaming one player, but Musah legit single handedly cost us the game.
First goal he’s marking Sansone perfectly, but stops for no reason.
Second goal he doesn’t put the ball out of play and tries to dribble past three players and gives up the ball and Milan concede. pic.twitter.com/3kneHBYuLB
— WGM ⁶👑 (@WhatGattusoMad) November 11, 2023
After the game, Pioli was asked about the substitution and stated that he wanted someone who could match Lecce’s pace on the flank. It’s a decision that has been heavily criticised and one can certainly understand why. Having said that, though, it’s clear that Musah made two big mistakes.
Florenzi eventually came off the bench and Musah was moved to the midfield. In fairness, the veteran didn’t have a successful performance on that flank either, losing Nicola Sansone at the far post (who hit the inside of the post).