Milan ended their dire run of results with a 4-1 victory away to Chievo, as Suso played an inspirational role at the Bentegodi.
Vincenzo Montella was hanging on by thread after one point from four Serie A rounds, as a goalless draw with Genoa when down to 10 men only delayed any decision on his future. Leonardo Bonucci saw red for an elbow in that game and started a two-match ban which will also rule him out against old club Juventus this weekend, while Jack Bonaventura and Andrea Conti were sidelined. The Flying Donkeys rotated their squad, starting Sergio Pellissier in place of Roberto Inglese.
Milan had gone 21 consecutive Serie A matches without losing to Chievo - winning 19. The last time Chievo beat the Rossoneri in league action was on March 12, 2005.
It was a very defensive performance from the Flying Donkeys, but Milan broke the deadlock on 36 minutes with a trademark Suso finish, as he curled the left-foot strike into the far top corner from the edge of the box.
Suso was responsible for the second goal too, although his cross was accidentally turned into his own net by Bostjan Cesar with a looping header.
Hakan Calhanoglu added a third after the restart, scoring on a rapid Franck Kessie counter-attack by smashing into the roof of the net from 14 yards.
However, Kessie then made a defensive error to give Chievo a consolation goal, passing it straight to Valter Birsa on the edge of his own area.
The hosts came back into the game, as Nenad Tomovic’s header was fingertipped acrobatically on to the crossbar by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Riccardo Meggiorini made his comeback five months after tearing his ACL, but Nikola Kalinic restored the cushion for Milan when he sprung the offside trap on a Suso through ball to curl in off his right boot.
There were real concerns in the final minutes, as Davide Calabria had a nasty collision with Massimo Gobbi and was stretchered off with a head injury.