GdS: Magnificent Maignan rises to the occasion – €13m man now the best in Serie A

By Oliver Fisher -

After AC Milan’s win in the derby against Inter, the headlines were obviously dominated by Olivier Giroud’s match-winning brace, but the Rossoneri must also thank Mike Maignan.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) recalls how in the first half the French goalkeeper made some fundamental saved that kept Milan in the match. It was his first Milanese derby as he was out in the first leg due to injury and he responded to a great occasion with a great performance.

Milan lost Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer, but a few months later and his name has been forgotten. Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara pulled off a brilliant operation with Lille as they paid €13m plus €2m in bonuses to sign Maignan after a season in which he won Ligue 1.

According to the report, the Rossoneri’s No.16 is the best in Serie A with a save percentage of 81%. Of course he has tremendous talent, but Stefano Pioli who has repeatedly defined him as a player ‘eager to learn more and more’, with an inarguable professionalism and a new role as a leader.

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  1. Magic Mike. A player in the heart of all Milan fans.
    Not doubting Donnarumma’s talent, but I think I prefer Magic Mike for his athleticism, simplicity and command of his area.

    1. donnarumma always keeps me on the edge of my seat because of some of the stupid decisions he makes. Great player but u are right, Mike is simply a better fit for our team.

      Just like how hakan doesn’t really fit our 10 role

  2. This is why one shouldn’t think too highly of oneself. See how fast Milan fans have forgotten Donnarumma, bcos of all d issues he gave us. Now, we have an adequate replacement, doing wonders.

    1. And the club saved money to fill another position, while we have a player that we saw can support high defensive line and rush out if necessary. It was a bit clumsy but he managed it somehow in the end.

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