In their first pre-season tour game, Manchester United took on Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai, where United were on the receiving end of a 4-1 hammering in the International Champions Cup. However much this game was about testing the fitness and abilities of the touring players, it’s never nice to be beaten in such a manner, especially with the players out to impress Jose Mourinho. Dortmund started the game off much brighter than United and it proved to be the case when Castro put Dortmund into the lead on 19 minutes after some sloppy goalkeeping from Sam Johnstone. Aubameyang added a second for Dortmund before half-time from the penalty spot after captain Antonio Valencia handled the ball in the box. Ousmane Dembele then added a terrific third before Henrik Mkhitaryan scored his first goal for United against his former club allowing Manchester United a slim chance of getting something from the game. That was until Castro added a fourth for Dortmund from outside the area leaving Romero with no chance.
Not the start Mourinho and his men would have wanted to their pre-season however, Dortmund is a quality side and have been in China for a longer period of time as well as having played four games prior to this one. There were a few positives to take out of the game, Luke Shaw looks fit and ready for the new season, Eric Bailly brings strength and pace to the defence and Henrik Mkhitaryan scoring his first goal for the club. On the other hand, Memphis looked sluggish and even if he did improve through the first half, didn’t really impress. Both Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo looked poor and were partially at fault for a goal each. Juan Mata looked disinterested and lazy for most of the game but did provide the assist. Here are the ratings for the game, not a pretty sight.