2019/20 – Pre-Season Tour – Kristiansund BK – Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway

2018/19 – Treble Reunion – Manchester United v Bayern Munich – Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United beat Bayern Munich 5-0 in a thrilling Treble Reunion at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha and David Beckham all scored goals in the match with Jesper Blomqvist assisting twice, Saha, Jonathan Greening and Karel Poborsky each getting one assist. The opening goal of the match was scored by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer three minutes after he replaced Andy Cole. David Beckham squared the ball into Dwight Yorke, whose effort was parried away. Jesper Blomqvist then picked up the ball, played it to Solskjaer, who tapped the ball in to put his side 1-0 up. United did score against through Paul Scholes by Gary Neville was offside and the goal was ruled out. Dwight Yorke doubled United’s lead after Jesper Blomqvist played a cross into the box with the former Trinidad and Tobago forward slotting home from close-range. This United side has brought the excitement back to Old Trafford after a tough season.
Nicky Butt scored the third goal for United in the 79th minute of there match, minutes after Teddy Sheringham fired wide of the target, The midfielder began the move with a long-ball to Louis Saha, who then slotted the ball back to Butt for him to bury his shot into the back of the net, showing this Bayern side who the boss was in Manchester. A fourth goal soon followed, this time with Saha scoring. Karel Poborsky played the ball upfield to Jonathan Greening, who remained onside, breaking forward, delivering a low cross to the Frenchman who made it 4-0 to United, with no reply from the German side seeming all that possible, which would have made Sir Alex Ferguson happy. United then made it five with David Beckham scoring in front of the Old Trafford faithful in the Stretford End. Poborsky was once again involved, seeing Beckham run forward, onside, putting in a through ball for Becks to round a player and beat the goalkeeper from close-range, burying the ball high into the back of the net at the near post. What a thrilling encounter.
Men of the Match: David Beckham and Nicky Butt In a game which saw Gary Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt all play 90 minutes in their return to the `Theatre of Dreams. All three played a part in the game but Neville will rue being offside which stopped Paul Scholes from scoring in the first half. Both Beckham and Butt god their own goals and drove United forward to win this game. A performance that some of the current first teamers will need to look at in order to bring the same desire next season. Goals: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 5′, Dwight Yorke 30′, Nicky Butt 79′, Louis Saha 85′, David Beckham 90′ Assists: Jesper Blomqvist 5′, 30′, Louis Saha 79′, Jonathan Greening 85′, Karel Poborsky 90′ Manchester United: Schmeichel (van der Gouw 35′ (Pilkington 74′); G. Neville, Stam (Brown 68′), Johnsen (Berg 80′), Irwin (Silvestre 57′); Beckham, Butt, Scholes (Greening 59′), Blomqvist (Poborsky 46′); Yorke (Saha 40′), Cole (Solskjaer 1′ (Sheringham 27′ (May 80′)

2019/20 – International Champions Cup – AC Milan – Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Goals: Marcus Rashford 14′, Jesse Lingard 72′; Suso 26′, Victor Lindelof (og) 60′

Assists: Nemanja Matic 14′, Anthony Martial 72′

Manchester United: De Gea (c); Wan-Bissaka (Young 65′), Lindelof, Rojo (Tuanzebe 65′), Shaw; Matic (Fred 65′), McTominay; Mata (James 64′), Pereira (Lingard 65′), Rashford (Greenwood 82′); Martial (Gomes 82′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Grant; Jones, Smalling, Dalot; Chong

2019/20 – International Champions Cup – Tottenham Hotspur – Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China

2019/20 – International Champions Cup – Inter Milan – Singapore National Stadium, Singapore

Manchester United beat Inter Milan 1-0 in a match that United dominated from the very start. It was goalless at half time and United took their time to break down the Italian side with Mason Greenwood scoring the opening goal in the 76th minute of the match. Inter are a bit behind United in terms of fitness as this is just their second pre-season match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with pre-season so far. Beating Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0 and Inter Milan 1-0. United have scored seven goals, conceding none. On Thursday, Tottenham Hotspur will be the opposition in Shanghai, China. After that, United will be heading back to Europe for a friendly against Kristiansund before the final International Champions Cup match against AC Milan in Cardiff, Wales.

Man of the Match: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The 21-year-old arrived at United this summer from Crystal Palace. He has put in a number of good performances so far this pre-season. He has shown why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed him. He has the ability to defend, the pace to attack and does both brilliantly so far. This season could see yet another contender for the Player of the Year award.

Goals: Mason Greenwood 76′


Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 62′); Wan-Bissaka (Young 63′), Tuanzebe (Bailly 63′), Lindelof (Jones 57′), Shaw (Dalot 62′); Matic (McTominay 63′), Pogba (A. Pereira 62′); James (Chong 63′ (Gomes 90+2), Lingard (Mata 63′), Martial (Greenwood 63′); Rashford (Fred 63′)

Substitutes Not Used: J. Pereira; Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Garner

Bookings: Andreas Pereira 90′; Marcelo Brozovic 27′, Antonio Candreva 71′, Milan Skriniar 87′

2019/20 – Pre-Season Tour – Leeds United – Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia

Manchester United beat Leeds United 4-0 in the second pre-season friendly at the Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia on Wednesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with the victory over a rival team at this stage of the summer which will do the squad well ahead of the upcoming matches against Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Kristiansund and AC Milan ahead of the Premier League opener against Chelsea.

17-year-old Mason Greenwood opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the match after Paul Pogba played a through ball into Aaron Wan-Bissaka with the right-back making the run up the right-wing. He crossed the ball into Greenwood who tapped in his first goal of pre-season, something he will be pleased with, as will his manager.

Twenty minutes later, United doubled their lead through Marcus Rashford. United had pressured Leeds for several minutes in the run-up to the goal and Scott McTominay pushed forward with the ball, passing to Rashford, who was just inside the box, slotting past the goalkeeper for United’s second goal of the match.

Six minutes into the second half, United had won a corner. Andreas Pereira took it, lofted the ball into the box and the rising head of Phil Jones slotted the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0 to United. It seems that the Leeds supporters in Australia were a little too optimistic in thinking that their team would beat United today. Oops.

United won a penalty in the 69th minute after Tahith Chong was taken out inside the box by Liam Cooper. Anthony Martial stepped up to take the spot kick, putting it into the back of the net as cool as you like. United were4-0 up against the Yorkshire club, something they will want to forget. But it is only pre-season, which would not be the case if they had not been on the receiving end of this battering.

Man of the Match: Paul Pogba

The Frenchman played well in the first half of the match and played a part in the opening goal, playing the ball to Wan-Bissaka. Pogba can be a great player for this club and hopefully, he can sort his future out and decide whether he wants to remain at the club or not. When he came back to United, he said he had unfinished business here. That business has not been taken care of, so if he wants to take care of it, he will need to stay. It will be a season that could create something for the club.

Goals: Mason Greenwood 7′, Marcus Rashford 27′, Phil Jones 51′, Anthony Martial 69′

Assists: Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7′, Scott McTominay 27′, Andreas Pereira 51′

Manchester United: Romero (J. Pereira 46′); Wan-Bissaka (Young 46′), Lindelof (Jones 46′), Bailly (Smalling 46′), Rojo (Dalot 46′); McTominay (A. Pereira 46′), Pogba (Matic 46′ (Garner 78′; Greenwood (Chong 46′), Mata (Gomes 46′), James (Lingard 46′); Rashford (Martial 46′)

Substitutes Not Used: Tuanzebe; Garner

2019/20 – Pre-Season Tour – Perth Glory – Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia

2018/19 – Pre-Season Friendly – Bayern Munich – Munich, Germany

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich. United created very little and at times struggled to match the German side on the pitch. It was a second half header from Javi Martinez which beat David De Gea that ended United’s pre-season with the second defeat of the summer.

Jose Mourinho was boosted ahead of this game with the return of Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, and Romelu Lukaku. Rashford and Lindelof were fit to start the match with Jones on the bench. Lukaku, however, was left in Manchester, presumably to get himself fit to start, or play a part against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday.

The first chance of the game came through Bayern Munich with Arjen Robben flicking the ball to Joshua Kimmich on the overlap, his cross aiming to catch David De Gea out at the near post with the Spanish number one reading the game well, stopping the German side from taking an early lead. Bayern had another chance minutes later with Robben and Thiago Alcantara pressuring De Gea with the Spaniard palming the shot away.

In the 10th minute of the match, De Gea out a long-ball towards Rashford, which was won by Mats Hummels. Two minutes later, Fred was playing well in midfield, always looking for the ball and putting a lot of energy into his performance. He could be the player to provide service in the midfield this season, once he has settled in, which does not seem to be that far ahead into the future.

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Matteo Darmian, who continues to be linked with a move away from United this summer, found Rashford on the right, trying to get the ball around Hummels, who was going to be the main problem in this Bayern defence, nearly getting the ball through but the German international made a lunging tackle, clearing his line. Bayern had an opportunity moments later through Serge Gnabry, De Gea making the save.

United do not seem to be creating much in the forward areas. Lindelof, however, was being kept busy, which is what we all want to see as he will show his abilities, like he did playing for Sweden during the FIFA World Cup. In the 25th minute, Robben out a dangerous ball into Thomas Muller but De Gea was out of his area to stake his claim to the ball, putting a direct ball for Rashford to get in behind but Manuel Never got the ball.

Bayern had another chance to create in the 28th minute after the ball was played in from the right from Muller. However, Robben could not quite get there. There was a water break in the game around the 30 minute mark. During that time, Mourinho was speaking to his players to get the game to change as they had not been playing well until this stage of the game.

After the restart, United continued to sit deep and welcome the pressure. Alexis Sanchez was playing deep on the left and Rashford was not getting much involvement in the game, possibly because this was his first match back after his participation in the World Cup. Robben created a chance in the 36th minute, putting the ball into the box but Eric Bailly made the clearance into Javi Martinez, missed the target with his shot.

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In the 39th minute, United were starting to play a bit better with Luke Shaw driving infield with Mata running into space. Shaw passed the ball into Mata but David Alaba ushered him out-of-the-way. Two minutes later, Sanchez tried to get something started on the left but Kimmich blocked his path. Bayern had a chance in the 43rd minute through Franck Ribery, who tried to shoot from 15-yards, failing to create danger.

The first half ended 0-0 with United on the receiving end of the majority of the pressure in the game, having 34% possession and not even having a shot on goal. I am sure those on Twitter who are used to moaning will be doing just that, unable to differentiate between a pre-season match and a competitive fixture. The half-time team talk could inspire this United side to grab something from this game.

At the start of the second half, Bayern made three changes with Muller, Hummels, and Ribery being replaced by Robert Lewandowski, Jerome Boateng, and Leon Goretzka. Bailly seemed to be carrying an injury early in the second half, being replaced by Chris Smalling in the 51st minute of the match. United had a chance through Shaw in the 52nd minute after a clever pass by Fred. Shaw could not gain control of the ball though.

In the 54th minute, Robben swung a corner in from the right, De Gea stayed on his line, Goretzka met the ball with a header, looping his effort over the crossbar. It should have been the opening goal of the game. Bayern made another change moments later with Juan Bernat replacing Alaba in the 56th minute. Bayern scored in the 59th minute through Martinez, heading past De Gea.

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After the goal, Bayern made two more changes with Thiago and Gnabry being replaced by Rafinha and Kingsley Coman. United had a shot on goal in the 62nd minute of the match with Fred trying his luck from 30-yards. However, his right-footed effort swerved well wide of the post. Mourinho readied some changes with Mata being replaced by Scott McTominay, Phil Jones replacing Darmian and Tim Fosu-Mensah replacing Rashford.

In the 69th minute, Boateng was booked for a challenge on McTominay after he changed his pace to get one over the German defender, who responded by chopping the Academy graduate down. There was another break in play in the 70th minute with the players taking on more fluids. Bayern made another change with Kimmich being replaced by Sebastian Rudy.

Bayern had another chance in the 74th minute fo the match after Lewandowski, who had been very quiet, came to life, turning Jones *surprise* but flashed his shot over the crossbar. After the chance, United continued to welcome Bayern in their area, with the pressure seemingly well matched with United dealing with the German side.

Mourinho made more changes with Demetri Mitchell replacing Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe replacing Lindelof, Lee Grant replacing De Gea and Tahith Chong replacing Fred in the 78th minute. James Garner replaced Herrera in the 81st minute with the Spanish midfielder seemingly carrying a knock. Koman had a chance to create, passing to Goretzka, who hit the side netting.

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Robben had another chance a few minutes later, charging down the right, opening up some space and flashing the ball across the face of the goal which Lewandowski could not find. In the 88th minute, Bayern scored through Robben, but the flag was raised late for offside, thwarting the celebrations of the Dutchman. A minute of stoppage time was played at the end of the match.

The match ended in defeat for United with a pretty lacklustre display but Mourinho’s side. However, looking at the positives, both Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were yet to return and player who are not he sidelines through injury will also boost things when they have recovered. United do need to sort something out before the closure of the transfer window though, or moving forward from last season will be very hard.

Manchester United: De Gea (Grant 78′); Darmian (Jones 65′), Lindelof (Tuanzebe 78′), Bailly (Smalling 51′), Shaw (Mitchell 78′); Herrera (Garner 81′), Pereira, Fred (Chong 78′); Mata (McTominay 65′), Rashford (Fosu-Mensah 65′), Sanchez

Substitutes Not Used: Greenwood

2018/19 – International Champions Cup – Real Madrid – Miami, FL

Manchester United beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Alexis Sanchez opened up the scoring, assisted by Matteo Darmian and Ander Herrera, assisted by Sanchez doubled the lead. Karim Benzema got a goal back at the end of the first half. Real Madrid asked plenty of questions of United’s defence, passing the test.

Jose Mourinho made a few changes from the defeat to Liverpool. David De Gea made his first appearance for the club this summer and Fred made his first start as a United player. Luke Shaw returned after being an unused substitute against Liverpool with Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez continuing as the experienced forwards. This was Real Madrid’s first pre-season match this summer.

As the match started, United’s formation had changed from what was expected. McTominay was slotted into the centre of defence with Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah alongside him. United created something through Sanchez in the third minute of the match. However, Jesus Vallejo was left behind by the Chilean in midfield and he hauled Sanchez to the ground, winning a free-kick for United.

Two minutes later, United had another chance after Matteo Darmian passed the ball across the pitch, finding Sanchez, who cut inside on his right, floating a great ball into Mata, who messed up his shot and hit the side netting. Real Madrid had an equally good opportunity to open the scoring in the eighth minute of the match through Karim Benzema. In the ninth minute, Fred won a free-kick in his own half of the pitch.

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Just inside the 11th minute of the game, after some good interplay between Sanchez and Mata, the Spaniard had another shot on goal, which was saved by Kiko Casilla. After the early stages of the game, which saw both teams creates chances and goalscoring opportunities, Madrid started to take control of the game in the 13th minute with long spells of possession. Mata won a free-kick in the 16th minute after being fouled.

Andreas Pereira pinged a log diagonal cross into Shaw on the left flank but the left-back was adjudged to be offside. Real Madrid started to aim to take control again, United took the lead in the 18th minute of the match through Sanchez, assisted by Darmian with a great cross from the right. It was a good show of attacking ability by United, taking their chance against Madrid, the third in the game so far, for United anyway.

In the 24th minute of the game, Real Madrid had their second chance with Gareth Bale in the box, after starting the attack, not getting on the end of the cross properly, putting the ball out for a United goal kick. United, at the other end of the pitch, had another chance to create something, Shaw on the ball and Sanchez shouting for the pass, but Shaw taking the shot, hitting his man and the ball going out or play.

United doubled their lead in the 27th minute of the match, going 2-0 up. Ander Herrera was the goalscorer after Mata broke forward, tried to play the ball into Sanchez, who headed it backward for Herrera to gather the ball and fire United with the advantage. The media won’t like this at all, but then again, they will find something else to keep their negativity running ahead of the Premier League starting next week. Bless them.

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Madrid had an opportunity to get themselves back into the game in the 29th minute but United gathered the ball in the box the thwarted the opportunity. Vinicius Jr looks like a good talent for Madrid, he was trying to get something from the game for his club on his debut. Just before the 31st minute of the game was over, a water break was called with both teams taking advantage of team talks from the respective managers.

After the water break, United were looking to continue where the game ended, heading into the final ten minutes of the half. Madrid regained possession and looked to get forward to find a goal to put them back into the game. Sanchez won another free-kick for United, inside his own half after a foul. United were playing short passes to advance. A poor pass by Bailly gave Madrid a throw in.

Real Madrid had another chance in the closing stages of the half but United thwarted the chance, breaking down possession inside the box. The UEFA Champions League holders then got in an advanced position again, seeking a goal, with Bailly putting himself in to block a chance, taking one for the team and giving Madrid a corner, which came to nothing.

United won a corner in the last minute of normal time in the first half, taking advantage of a sloppy back pass, putting a cross into the box and the Real Madrid defender putting the ball out of play. Herrera was in the box, aiming to get something from the corner, his shot on goal blocked with Real Madrid back out on the attack. Real Madrid got a goal back in stoppage time through Benzema. 2-1 at the break.

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Mourinho made no changes at the start of the second half, with Real Madrid making four. Pereira and Fred seemed to be playing well at the start of the second half, showing great composure and control under pressure from Madrid, getting United out of a situation that could have been troublesome. Real Madrid has a chance in the 51st minute after Fred lost possession, which came to nothing.

Ten minutes into the second half, United seemed to drop back, inviting pressure from Real Madrid. Mourinho has a lack of experienced options on the bench and it could be a sign of fatigue in the Miami heat. Real Madrid seemed Mohave taken control of the game by the 57th minute and Martin Odegaard had a sublime change to level the score, firing over the crossbar.

In the 61st minute, Madrid made two more changes, United still not making any. Sanchez won a free-kick for United in the 64th minute after a poor challenge with United dealing with a lot of pressure in their own half. Mourinho made a substitution in the 68th minute of the match with Axel Tuanzebe replacing Fred. McTominay moved forward back into the midfield.

With 20 minutes remaining, Sanchez released Shaw into space on the left but Shaw’s ball was poorly placed into the box and Mata, awaiting the pass in the box had little chance to receive it. Real Madrid has plenty of possession in United’s final third. Shaw nearly gave away a penalty, a free-kick being awarded at the edge of the box, on United’s left. Odegaard went for goal, De Gea punching the ball away.

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There was another water break with 15 minutes of the match remaining. Real Madrid made further changes, introducing Toni Kroos, Nacho, Isco and Marco Asensio. McTominay could not finish the game, seemingly after a knock Mourinho opting to replace him with Demetri Mitchell. Real Madrid had a chance in the 81st minute but the ball flashed across the face of the goal. Another second later was kept out by De Gea.

Mourinho brought on 17-year-old James Garner for Mata in the 82nd minute of the match. There was 64,141 inside the Hard Rock Stadium for this game. Not quote the levels of Old Trafford but not a bad crowd, considering the negativity surrounding the squad this summer. Perhaps most people ignore the media too? I guess that is probably the best way.

United seemed to be hanging on with five minutes remaining. Real Madrid were pressuring in the final third. Fosu-Mensah seemed able to keep closing down his opposition, playing a good defensive game against this Madrid side. Real Madrid won a free-kick after Pereira fouled his man, not that he was in agreement with the referee. Sanchez was still putting in the effort this late in the game. A true athlete.

Real Madrid won another free-kick as Isco went down on the right flank after a Darmian challenge. United defended well, giving away a corner in the last minute of the match. Kroos took the corner, which was not a great set-piece. Three minutes of stoppage time was added at the end of the match. Real Madrid were still asking questions of United’s defence.

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Madrid won another free-kick, this time further back after Herrera’s foul. Madrid won another corner with 80 second remaining, De Gea collecting the ball, seemingly taking his time to play it. Real Madrid had a shot in the last 15 seconds, De Gea collecting the ball. United ended their pre-season tour on a high beating Real Madrid.

The squad will fly back to Manchester through the night days ahead of their final pre-season match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Sunday evening. Mourinho will be relieved that his side ended with a victory in normal time. Perhaps in the coming days, some business will be conducted and United can continue their preparations for the new season.

Goals: Alexis Sanchez 18′, Ander Herrera 27′

Assists: Matteo Darmian 18′, Alexis Sanchez 27′

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw; Fred (Tuanzebe 68′), A. Pereira, Herrera; Mata (Garner 82′), Sanchez, McTominay (Mitchell 79′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant, J. Pereira; Williams; Hamilton, Gomes; Chong, Bohui, Greenwood

2018/19 – International Champions Cup – Liverpool – Ann Arbor, MI

Manchester United were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool in the International Champions Cup in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Liverpool won two penalties in the game, the first scored by Sadio Mane. Andreas Pereira scored the equaliser from an impressive free-kick before Xherdan Shaqiri putting Liverpool ahead in the second half. Another penalty, through Oluwaseyi Ojo, saw United 3-1 down with Shaqiri scoring a spectacular goal to win the game 4-1.

Jose Mourinho made a number of changes to the side which beat AC Milan on penalties with Luke Shaw missing from the starting XI, although he was on the bench. It was a weakened United team against a Liverpool side with a lot of Premier League experience. Mourinho opted for a five at the back formation. Chris Smalling was due to start the match but was replaced by Eric Bailly.

There was a bit of beef in the opening five minutes between Andreas Pereira and James Milner after the Liverpool midfielder made his second foul in the match, previously fouling Alexis Sanchez in the third minute of the match. Pereira stood firm and Scott McTominay got involved too. This may only be a friendly on paper, not in the flesh – neither should it be.

In the eighth minute of the match, Juan Mata was played through on goal, was flagged for offside but chipped the Liverpool goalkeeper anyway. Mohamed Salah, at the other end of the pitch came close to opening the scoring with a header but Lee Grant tipped the ball over the crossbar, giving Liverpool a corner. Liverpool nearly scored from the set-piece but the ball was cleared off the line by Bailly.

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Liverpool were the livelier side in the early stages of the match and with the experience involved in the match, it would be strange if they were not. They have a few good chances in quick succession with the clearance off the line by Bailly from a Virgil van Dijk header, then a Salah header which was stopped by Grant. United then took charge for a moment with Sanchez on the attack, unable to create anything for United.

Mata found the back of the net for the second time in this match, against ruled for offside, which was a close encounter. The tempo in the game was like that of a Premier League encounter between the two sides. Sanchez was seemingly more frustrated than he was against Milan a few days ago after Matteo Darmian’s final ball to the Chilean being very poor, ending up with the ball reaching the Liverpool goalkeeper.

Liverpool won a penalty after Salah was seemingly fouled by Demetri Mitchell in the area with the referee pointing to the spot. Salah went down very easily though. I hope he did not injury anything. We know he likes to be wrapped up in cotton wool. Sadio Mane took the penalty, to the right of Grant, who guessed the right area but the ball was tucked into the corner.

After Liverpool’s goal, there was a water break in the game. After the restart, United won a free-kick in the final third with Andreas Pereira taking the set-piece. The Belgian-born Brazilian hit a stunning kick towards goal, tucking it into the top corner with Liverpool’s young goalkeeper nowhere near making the save. United were back in the game, 1-1.

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Salah was getting the better of both Tim Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe on occasion but both United players were still up for the challenge. Bailly seemed to be the stalwart in defence, seemingly keeping Liverpool at bay as much as he could. Liverpool had another chance to fins another goal in the last three minutes of the half but the offside flag was raised.

Liverpool won a corner in the 44th minute of the match with Milner taking it. The ball met Van Dijk inside the box and his header went straight to Grant, who made the easy save to deny Liverpool from taking the lead for a second time. There was a minute of added time at the end of the first half of the match, nothing came of the added time and the half ended 1-1. All to play for in the second half.

At the start of the second half, Mourinho replaced Grant with Joel Pereira. Liverpool made four changes with both Salah and Mane not playing in the second half. Fabinho was the first player to be booked in the game for clipping the heels of Sanchez as United tried to counter through him – the Liverpool supporters will be saying ‘he took one for the team’, bless them.

The tempo in the game had started to slow around ten minutes into the second half and United were struggling to get Sanchez involved in the game. There was another break around the hour mark due to a pitch invader, who was seemingly caught with an NFL like challenge, according to the commentary on MUTV. It would have been good to see that.

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Liverpool found themselves ahead once again in the match after making four more changes. Xherdan Shaqiri beat Joel Pereira at close range in the 66th minute of the match, leaving United with more to do in order to level or push to win the match. The Liverpool supporters will be celebrating this match as it must mean so much for them right now. Bless them, they only have one trophy to show for the last 12 years.

Mourinho made two more changes in the 71st minute of the match with Tahith Chong replacing Mitchell and Fred replacing Mata, making his first appearance for his new club. Liverpool won another penalty in the 73rd minute after Herrera seemingly took his man down in the box. Ojo scored, stuttering his run up and beating Pereira from the spot. United faced defeat for the first time in the USA, oh well.

After conceding the third goal of the game, United needed to get themselves back into the game. Sanchez nearly did that, getting through on goal but seeing his shot head off target, perhaps a good chance for United to claw something back. In the 80th minute of the match, Mourinho made three more changes with Tuanzebe, Herrera, and Sanchez being replaced by Josh Bohui, Ro-Shaun Williams, Angel Gomes.

Just after the changes, Liverpool scored their fourth goal, Shaqiri’s second, scoring an overhead kick past Pereira. It will be like Liverpool have won the Champions League again, like they did in May, oh! I wonder if they will get a trophy for this match or whether Klopp will use it for bragging rights over Mourinho, seeing as Liverpool have not beaten him at United yet.

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It was a 4-1 defeat for United in their second International Champions Cup match, their fourth pre-season match in the USA. Next up for United will be Real Madrid at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami in the early hours of the 1 August (in the United Kingdom). Jose Mourinho will not be worried about the result. It was a friendly match. He will be more interested in the fitness of his players.

Goals: Andreas Pereira 30′

Manchester United: Grant (J. Pereira 46′); Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Tuanzebe (Bohui 80′), Mitchell (Chong 72′); McTominay, Herrera (Williams 80′), A. Pereira; Mata (Fred 72′), Sanchez (Gomes 80′)

Substitutes Not Used: Shaw; Garner, Hamilton; Greenwood

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