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Pre-Season 2017 – Real Madrid

Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 1-1 after 90 minutes with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard combining well to take first blood at the end of the first half of the match. In the second half, around the 69th minute, Victor Lindelof made a howler giving away a penalty which Casemiro converted levelling the score. Marouane Fellaini had a chance to win the match for United, with his shot off target. The match went to a penalty shootout to find the eventual winner with United winning 2-1 with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind scoring United’s penalties.

Jose Mourinho made nine changes to his starting XI ahead of the match with Real Madrid in at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Sergio Romero, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all start. Juan Mata misses out with an ankle injury sustained in the 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake earlier in the week. United and Real Madrid both started on the front foot, looking to get the better of their opposition. Both teams had credible chances with Phil Jones and Sergio Romeo stopping Real Madrid from scoring.

United started to take advantage of their opposition around the seven-minute mark with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial using their pace to get the better of the Spanish team with the Frenchman getting a good shot on goal which was thwarted by Keylor Navas. Both teams were getting the ball but doing nothing with it. United had pressured the Spanish champions a few times, the last with Marouane Fellaini trying to get something for United by Marcelo took him on, using his head to keep the ball, literally, getting the better of the big Belgian midfielder.

It was starting to become end-to-end football with both teams attacking, in periods of the match, but nothing getting through and the ball ending up back at the other end of the pitch. Both teams were playing well and considering this was the first pre-season match for the Spanish side, they were giving United a good game, which in the heat in California would give them a good work out ahead of the new season. Timothy Fosu-Mensah was playing well against Gareth Bale, so far getting the better of the Welshman for most of his threats on United’s right flank. At the half hour mark, the match was stopped for a water break, which was much-needed for some.

After the break things started to take off in the match with chances at either end. Anthony Martial had a chance to break forward, getting into the box and laying off the pass to the other flank. Fosu-Mensah had the ball and tried to pass it into the box, which Madrid regaining possession and thwarting United’s attack. Minutes later Jesse Lingard had a chance to break the deadlock, firing just wide of the mark. Madrid had a chance with about two minutes of the half left with Lucas Vasquez offside and being flagged as being so. Jones had him covered though. Luca Modric played the ball into United box, Romero missed the ball and Bailly made the clearance.

Real Madrid won a corner inside the last minute of the half with Toni Kroos taking it, United won possession by two players combining to make the clearance with United trying to break forward but ending up back inside their own half. United took the lead in the seconds before the break with Anthony Martial showing his skill on the left, cutting into the box and passing across the face of the goal with Lingard making the simple tap-in to put United ahead. Real Madrid had the chance to equalise just before the break but it was flagged for offside. So far so good for United, 1-0 in the lead at the break.

At the start of the second half Jose Mourinho made eight changes with David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku all replacing Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Jones, Carrick, Pereira, Lingard and Rashford. United started to try and restart the match after all the changes, which seems to make the second half duller with players trying to get into the match. Ander Herrera was taken off seven minutes into the second half with Scott McTominay replacing him, which was a blow for the Spanish midfielder who was looking to get more minutes in this match.

In the 62nd minute of the match Marouane Fellaini, one of three players who started the match headed over the Real Madrid crossbar as United looked for that elusive second goal which would all but confirm the victory for United. In the 69th minute of the match, United defender Victor Lindelof gave away a penalty for taking out Theo Hernandez, who was taken out moments before by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Casemiro took the penalty and David De Gea could not get to it. 1-1 and everything to take from the game. This could go to penalties yet if United do not find a winner.

Seven minutes from time United could have found the winner they needed through Fellaini, whose shot was not on target, not even at risk of causing any damage to United’s opposition. In the dying minutes of the match, the youthful Real Madrid side were shooting from distance and generally trying to find the winning goal after being played back into the match with the penalty. The match was heading to penalties to find a winner. It was 1-1 after 90 minutes. Martial took the first penalty which was off target completely. David De Gea saved Madrid’s penalty, 0-0 after one each.

Scott McTominay took United’s second penalty, getting his shot on target but Kiko Casilla made the save to thwart the youngster. Oscar Rodriguez took Madrid’s second penalty with De Gea making his second save of the shootout. Henrikh Mkhitaryan took United’s third penalty, beating Casilla to put United ahead. Real Madrid scored their third penalty making it 1-1. Victor Lindelof took United’s fourth penalty, aiming straight for the goalkeeper’s legs, poor penalty. Madrid missed their fourth penalty, still 1-1 after four penalties each. Daley Blind took United’s fifth penalty, straight down the middle finding the back of the net 2-1 to United. Casemiro missed Madrid fifth and United take the win.

Goals: Jesse Lingard 45+1′

Assists: Anthony Martial 45+1′

Manchester United: Romero (De Gea 46′); Fosu-Mensah (Blind 46′), Bailly (Lindelof 46′), Jones (Smalling 46′), Darmian (Valencia 77′); Carrick (Herrera 46′(McTominay 52′), Fellaini, A. Pereira (Pogba 46′); Lingard (Mkhitaryan 46′), Rashford (Lukaku 46′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: J. Pereira; Mitchell, Tuanzebe

Pre-Season 2017 – Manchester City

Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-0 in the first Manchester derby to be played outside of the United Kingdom. It was an end-to-end match for much of the first half but Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock in the 37th minute after a through ball from Paul Pogba. Two minutes later Henrikh Mkhitaryan set Marcus Rashford up to double United’s lead, scoring his third pre-season goal in three matches. The second half saw Lukaku hit the far post and Pogba his the side netting, which were the highlights of the half. United did what they needed to do, win in Houston.

Jose Mourinho made a few changes from the victory over Real Salt Lake with David De Gea returning in goal, Antonio Valencia, sent off in the last match starting again, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling partnering in the centre of defence, Daley Blind playing at left-back, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba partnering in midfield, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard all playing behind Romelu Lukaku. United started off well getting a shot on goal through Herrera in the third minute of the match with Ederson making the save to thwart the Spaniard from finding the back of the net.

United looked bright on the right-hand side causing many problems for City throughout the opening minutes of the match. United twice had a shot on goal, both off target with City not really being threatened. In the seventh minute, Raheem Sterling fired a cross into United’s box for Sergio Aguero to find a goal but United thwarted the cross, making the clearance. Seconds later De Gea had to make a save to thwart City from taking the lead. Ederson made a brave save in the ninth minute after Blind crossed into the box for Lukaku with the Brazilian making the save to stop the Belgian from scoring.

In the 12th minute City nearly got through on goal through Phil Foden, whose touch let him down. United made the clearance giving away a corner, which amounted to nothing for City. It was end-to-end football throughout the opening stages with both teams putting suitable pressure on the other to try and take first blood in the match, nothing happening to make that happen thus far. United won a corner through Rashford, who burst up the left flank to try and create something, City clearing the ball, which came to nothing for United with the Red Devils still in possession of the ball and advancing into the final third again.

United pressured City in the 18th minute of the match with Rashford, Blind and Mkhitaryan advancing. Rashford got the better of his man after some good interplay, firing a shot, which was wide of the target. Rashford was fouled just outside of the area with nothing given by the referee. City then had the ball in United’s final third, pressing with accurate passing to gain some space to take advantage of United, which did not happen on that play. Mkhitaryan tried to get United ahead in the 21st minute, but City recovered possession. The Armenian tried to play a pass to Lukaku, which was intercepted.

Valencia on the right flank kept the ball in play, putting a cross into the box, which United retained passing out in the middle third with Herrera firing a long-range effort goalwards which was saved by Ederson once again. At the other end, City had a chance with De Gea thwarting the fizzing effort on goal. City then won a corner with United intercepting and advancing with Kyle Walker gaining possession from Rashford. United won another free-kick after Mkhitaryan was taken out 30 yards from goal. Pogba hitting it on target, Ederson catching the ball thwarting United’s effort once again. Ederson is better than Claudio Bravo, not that it is a tough feat.

United, after some brilliant defending managed to thwart City after some pressure with 15 minutes of the half remaining. City seemed to get the better of United at times, with United also getting the better of their opposition with end-to-end play throughout the first half. City pressured United again with Smalling tracking back, slipping and nearly gifting City the first goal of the match, but De Gea cleared the threat before making another save. In the 37th minute of the match, Lukaku scored the first goal after making the run, beating the keeper who was advancing from his area and scoring from a tight angle, assisted by Pogba with a through ball.

Rashford scored minutes later doubling United’s lead after Mkhitaryan setting the teenager up for his third goal of pre-season, showing City just who he is right now. United were flying but there was a long way to go yet. City maybe had a better spell during the first half with United doing what was required to get the two goals. Foden had a shot on goal in the 41st minute with De Gea making the save, giving away a corner which was caught by the Spaniard. Yaya Toure was booked in the 42nd minute for a challenge on Mkhitaryan. United on the advance again before the break having a shot which was kept out by the Brazilian goalkeeper. 2-0 to United at the break.

At the start of the second half City made some wholesale changes to their team with it being their first pre-season match of the summer, United bringing on Sergio Romero for De Gea, Lindelof, Smalling and Blind being replaced by Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Matteo Darmian. It was a scrappy start to the second half with the changes made, especially by City who changed a lot of their team. United were still doing well 2-0 up and seemingly looking for more with Rashford earning a United corner with what seemed like a cross into Lukaku, which could have been an attempt on goal. Lukaku headed from the corner, wide of the mark. Unlucky for United.

In the 53rd minute of the match Lukaku had another shot on goal, beating the keeper but hitting the far post. City were immediately on the ball and pressuring but United won the ball back in their own box to clear the danger. Eliaquim Mangala was booked for pulling Rashford down on the advance, which saw United pressure City with their possession. City won back the ball and tried to pressure themselves, United winning the ball in their own half, passing back to Romero who played the ball up the pitch with Gabriel Jesus trying to catch him off guard and find a goal to get City back into the game, which did not happen.

In the 62nd minute Jose Mourinho made further changes with Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial replacing Herrera, Mkhitaryan and Rashford. In the 64th minute, Pogba had a shot on goal, hitting the side netting, which was unfortunate as United dominated their cross-city rivals. United hit the post and the side netting in the second half so far. United seemed to be doing well closing City down when they tried to advance with Carrick and Fellaini trying to control the midfield, which seemed to be working after United made three more changes. City tried to make a break on the right flank with Jones blocking the cross giving a corner.

In the 72nd minute, United on the advance through Lingard won a corner after the cross was deflected behind. Martial took the corner with City clearing and United gaining possession again before City won the ball back. City then created an opportunity to score, Romero getting a touch then City trying to chip the Argentinian, which was over the crossbar. In the 77th minute, Pogba won a corner and Mourinho made two more changes with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Andreas Pereira replacing Valencia and Lingard. United could have scored a third goal after the changes with Jones through, missing and Lukaku finding the back of the net, albeit offside.

Inside the final ten minutes of the match, United were still 2-0 with City yet to cause any damage. The signs were positive for United, but City’s lack of match fitness may have been the main reason, let alone the changes made at half time and throughout the second half. Still, the third win on the run for United in their pre-season tour, which means nothing other than fitness and confidence levels at the end of the day. United were playing well, which was good to see – perhaps it will run into the new season and the player will benefit and start the season running, which will be needed to challenge for the Premier League title.

In the 85th minute, City had another chance to find a goal with Romero standing in the way, giving them a corner, which came to nothing with United gaining possession again and running forward. Pogba won a throw-in deep in the City half which was passed over to the other side of the pitch with Darmian losing the ball with Walker on the advance and City keeping possession just outside the final third. City were probing for a goal, even if it was just one. United were so far doing what they needed to do, pressure the opposition, even off the ball. Bailly made a clearance giving away a throw-in inside the last few minutes of the match.

It was a good result for United with both Lukaku and Pogba playing 90 minutes for the first time this summer, United played well and did what they needed to do earlier in the match scoring two quick goals and stunning their opposition. Three wins on the tour for United as they prepare to take on Real Madrid in Santa Clara on Sunday before travelling to Washington DC to face Barcelona next week. The US leg of the pre-season tour is over half way through with Valerenga in Oslo and Sampdoria in Dublin also to play before United take on Real Madrid again in Macedonia to contest the UEFA Super Cup, the only trophy Carrick has not won with United.

Goals: Romelu Lukaku 37′, Marcus Rashford 39′

Assists: Paul Pogba 37′, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 39′

Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 46′); Valencia (Fosu-Mensah 77′), Lindelof (Bailly 46′), Smalling (Jones 46′), Blind (Darmian 46′); Herrera (Fellaini 62), Pogba; Rashford (Martial 62′), Mkhitaryan (Carrick 62′), Lingard (A. Pereira 77′); Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: J. Pereira; Mitchell, Tuanzebe; McTominay

Bookings: Daley Blind 45′

Pre-Season 2017 – Real Salt Lake

Manchester United beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 at the Rio Tinto Stadium in their second pre-season match of their tour of the United States of America. United were 1-0 down in the 23rd minute of the match through Luis Silva. United equalised through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, assisted by Jesse Lingard in the 29th minute and less than ten minutes later, Romelu Lukaku scored his first United goal, assisted by the Armenian. The half time changes dulled the match and Antonio Valencia was sent off for a challenge on Sebastian Saucedo with United down to ten men. There was nothing to write home about in the second half of the match.

Jose Mourinho made some changes from the LA Galaxy match with Joel Pereira starting in goal, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Daley Blind in defence, Scott McTominay, Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba in midfield with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard flaking new striker Romelu Lukaku. Mourinho will change the team at half-time again, giving his team equal minutes – give or take. Real Salt Lake may change their team three times during the match with a big game coming up. United will be looking to continue their good start to pre-season ahead of matches against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

United started well and had a shot on goal inside the opening minute of the match through Fosu-Mensah, which was off target. United regained possession from the goal kick, not pressuring their opposition like they did at the weekend. United, on the ball, got forward again through Blind and Fosu-Mensah, passing to Lingard, who was offside. The home side had their first shot inside the sixth minute of the match, hitting the side netting of Pereira’s goal. United got the ball back and created an attacking play with McTominay’s shot on goal wide of the mark. A good start by both teams, nothing to separate the two sides so far though.

Real Salt Lake pressured United around the tenth minute using their pace to break through and threaten, but no goalscoring opportunities were for the taking just yet. It was end-to-end football so far, neither side getting anything special to break the deadlock. United were being outpaced in the first 15 minutes of the match with many breaks being made by the home side, nothing getting the better of United. Pereira was challenged again inside a few minutes, grasping hold of the ball at the second time of asking. United had a break with Fosu-Mensah breaking forward and crossing into Lukaku, who could not get to the cross inside the box, the opportunity wasted.

The home side got another chance in front of United’s goal, this time with Lingard putting in a great last-ditch challenge to thwart the attempt and protect Pereira’s goal. United have been tested a few times, weathering the storm thus far into the match. Real Salt Lake opened the scoring in the 23rd minute of the match with Luis Silva scoring the goal. United were behind for the first time this pre-season with a lot to do in order to get back into the match. United levelled through Mkhitaryan in the 29th minute of the match, assisted by Lingard, just before the home side made eleven changes in the friendly.

United took the lead in the 38th minute of the match through none other than Romelu Lukaku with his first goal for Manchester United with Mkhitaryan assisting this time. United continued the attacking after the team change by Real Salt Lake with Mkhitaryan having a shot on goal a minute of so later, being flagged for offside. Lukaku had a chance soon after, missing the target but using his pace and power to get the better of his opposition. The first half ended with United overcoming the deficit and scoring twice to take the lead.

At the start of the second half, United made eleven changes with Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera, Andreas Pereira, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial replaced the starting XI from the match. United started the half well and as would be expected, slowly with the changes made and the fact they needed to get into the match. Andreas Pereira has looked lively on and off the ball. Just before the hour mark in the match, Juan Mata was fouled and seemed to receive a knock. His game was over almost as soon as it started with Demetri Mitchell replacing him in the 59th minute.

In the 63rd minute the home side had a chance the level the match but the shot on goal was stuck hard and did not threaten Romero. In the 68th minute Antonio Valencia was sent off for a challenge on Sebastian Saucedo, which was not a good one but perhaps not worthy of a red card. The captains armband was given to Smalling with United down to ten men and Mitchell was now playing at left-back rather than right-wing and Darmian at right-back. Real Salt Lake made more changes after the sending off, now looking to get back into the game playing against ten United players. In the 72nd minute Fellaini had a chance on goal with a header with a cross from Rashford, heading off target.

In the 73rd minute the home side had a chance to get back on level terms, missing the target with the shot but it was a warning sign for United, who needed to get back into the game, seemingly doing nothing since the half time changes. United had the chance to get another goal with an attack in the 77th minute of the match with some good interplay between Rashford and Martial, but the attempt was thwarted by the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper. Smalling could have scored a headed attempt moments later, again being thwarted by the goalkeeper. Sergio Romero nearly dropped a clanger for United with a clearance luckily being cleared before the opposition got something from the game.

In the 85th minute of the match Martial had the chance to get a third goal for United, his shot being sent over the crossbar but pressuring the opposition at the same time. It was a good physical workout for United with Real Salt Lake not rolling over, giving them a game, which will have been needed especially ahead of a pre-season battle with Manchester City later this week, which will be a tough encounter with Jose Mourinho going head-to-head with Pep Guardiola. Romero made a good save to deny the home side from equalising in the last minute of the match.

Axel Tuanzebe replaced Martial just before stoppage time in the match. Darmian received a knock in the last moments of the match, which did not look good. United took the victory 2-1, getting themselves in good stead as they head into the tougher opposition part of the pre-season tour.

Goals: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 29′, Romelu Lukaku 38′

Assists: Jesse Lingard 29′, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 38′

Manchester United: J. Pereira (Romero 46′); Fosu-Mensah (Valencia 46′ s/o 68′), Lindelof (Bailly 46′), Jones (Smalling 46′), Blind (Darmian 46′); McTominay (Herrera 46′), Carrick (A. Pereira 46′), Pogba (Fellaini 46′); Mkhitaryan (Mata 46′ (Mitchell 59′), Lukaku (Rashford 46′), Lingard (Martial 46′ (Tuanzebe 90′)

Substitutes Not Used: De Gea

Pre-Season 2017 – LA Galaxy

Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 5-2 with Marcus Rashford scoring a brace, his first goal inside the first three minutes of the match. Marouane Fellaini also scored in the first half with Jesse Lingard assisting twice, Juan Mata also assisting. It was a game of two halves for United though with the entire XI being changed for the second half with Jose Mourinho looking to give all of his fit players a chance to impress and gain match fitness. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the fourth goal of the match, assisted by Anthony Martial, who also scored the fifth goal, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah assisting for the Frenchman. The Galaxy scored twice in the second half to peg back United’s 5-0 lead to a 5-2 victory.

Jose Mourinho has tried out a new formation with his side in the first pre-season match of the summer; 3-5-2. David De Gea started in goal with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Daley Blind in defence. Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard were utilised as wing-backs with Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini playing in midfield. Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford were the forward players. Mourinho confirmed that the entire starting XI would be changed in the second half, his team seemingly getting equal amounts of time on the pitch throughout the first pre-season match. LA Galaxy started a second-string XL, being halfway through their season.

United started off well with the experimental formation, which was played a few times last season. The Red Devils looked pretty good on the ball going forward but were offside with LA Galaxy winning a free-kick. Jesse Lingard won the ball on the left flank, tipping it to Marcus Rashford at the edge of the box, scoring a goal just over two minutes into the match. A great start for United. In the 15th minute, Juan Mata tried to chip the keeper from the edge of the box with the Galaxy keeper getting a touch on the ball to deny the Spaniard from scoring United’s second goal of the match. Great start for United who were dominating the match so far.

United continued to dominate the match and in the 20th minute, Mata played a perfect pass into Rashford who buried his second goal of pre-season with United now leading 2-0, making this LA Galaxy side look like amateurs. United have started their summer pre-season matches in good stead, which will impress Mourinho who will be looking for this to continue as it will build the confidence up throughout the matches played ahead of the Premier League opener in a months time against West Ham United at Old Trafford. United did not seem afraid to shoot from range, which was great to see.

After just 26 minutes, United were 3-0 up through Marouane Fellaini with Lingard setting the Belgian midfielder up, his second of the match so far. United looked likely to run away with this match in the bag halfway through the first half. In the 28th minute, Lingard tried a curler into the top far corner of the net, missing the target, unfortunately. Perhaps this pre-season, supporters will see what Lingard brings to the team, as that has been shown in this match so far, but many will suggest it is only a second-string LA Galaxy team, which is pathetic. Yes, he’s not a fans favourite, but his work rate is immense and this could well be the season he becomes a star.

Rashford had the chance for a hat-trick in the 34th minute of the match with his close-range shot whistling over the crossbar. United are not letting their opposition get any space with United passing well in the attacking third, picking the team apart and playing to their strengths. Many saw this lacklustre starting XI as a problem, but it is far from that at this moment in the match. United had another chance at goal with Antonio Valencia on the right flank receiving the ball, passing inside the box, getting the ball back and crossing in front of the face of the goal with Fellaini receiving and United failing to get a credible shot on goal. Galaxy were panicking a little.

In the 40th minute of the match, Rashford was on the ball rushing into the box and he passed to Mata, whose shot was thwarted. United could have been 4-0 up but will settle for being 3-0 up with five minutes left in the first half. United will change the entire side after the break, which could see United dominate even more with Romelu Lukaku looking for a debut goal. United scored a fourth goal through Chris Smalling, but offside was given with the Galaxy let off a little there. Rashford had another run into the box, one-on-one with the goalkeeper, shooting for his hat-trick with the keeper thwarting his effort. United led 3-0 at the break.

At the start of the second half, Mourinho made eleven changes with Joel Pereira, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian, Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku all coming on for United. In the 49th minute of the match, Lukaku had the chance to score his debut goal after a Galaxy player made the mistake. The attempt was thwarted by the Galaxy goalkeeper though. In the 53rd minute, Lukaku got another chance, winning the ball in the final third, retaining it through his strength and having a shot, which was off target.

Anthony Martial had a great chance to score United’s fourth goal in the 59th minute of the match, his shot was just over the crossbar though, but it was a great effort from distance. United had another chance to score a fourth with Henrikh Mkhitaryan passing to Lukaku, then the Belgian passing back to the Armenian, whose shot on goal was off target. Matteo Darmian had a shot on goal too, which took a deflection and won United a corner. Andreas Pereira took the corner, putting the ball into the box with Victor Lindelof waiting to strike, hitting the ball over the crossbar. United were still in control of the match, despite not scoring, so far, in the second half.

United scored their fourth goal of the game through Mkhitaryan who cool effort was assisted by Martial. United were 4-0 up and cruising to their first victory of the pre-season tour. Martial scored United’s fifth goal which was assisted by Fosu-Mensah, who chased down the ball on the right flank, passing into the Frenchman, who found the back of the net. United were 5-0 up and starting to humiliate the struggling MLS Western Conference side. Martial, after some good interplay, attempted to score United sixth goal with a curling effort, which was thwarted by the goalkeeper.

LA Galaxy scored in the 79th minute with Joel Pereira conceding a goal, which he could do nothing to prevent with Giovani Dos Santos scoring the goal. It was now 5-1 to United, who will be disappointed to concede a goal in what was starting to look like a rout. Galaxy had the chance to score a second goal with Pereira making a great save to deny them. Mkhitaryan was injured in the box during the attempt on goal, receiving treatment on the pitch, seeming alright to continue the match. Martial had another chance for a goal, beating his man and his shot going wide of the mark. Fosu-Mensah was replaced in the 85th minute of the match with Demetri Mitchell coming on, switching with Darmian, who moved to right-back.

Galaxy scored their second goal in the 88th minute of the match, which seemed to take a deflection, Dos Santos the goalscorer. It was now 5-2 to United, which will take away a lot of the work which was put in throughout the first half. Pereira was unlucky to concede twice in his 45-minute outing, which was not all on him. United will take away the victory, which will spur the team on ahead of their next match on Monday (early hours Tuesday morning in the United Kingdom) against Real Salt Lake. Lukaku did not score his debut goal, but he played well, which was encouraging. Onwards to the next match in Utah.

Goals: Marcus Rashford 3′, 20′, Marouane Fellaini 26′, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 67′, Anthony Martial 72′

Assists: Jesse Lingard 3′, 26′, Juan Mata 20′, Anthony Martial 67′, Timothy Fosu-Mensah 72′

Manchester United: De Gea (J. Pereira 46′); Jones (Bailly 46′), Smalling (Lindelof, 46′), Blind (Tuanzebe 46′); Valencia (Fosu-Mensah 46′ (Mitchell 85′), Herrera (Mkhitaryan 46′), Carrick (A. Pereira 46′), Fellaini (Pogba 46;), Lingard (Darmian 46′); Mata (Lukaku 46′), Rashford (Martial 46′)

Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial – Home

An 11,000 sheet Mosaic bearing his name, and a Guard of Honor, met Wayne Rooney and his family as he entered the Old Trafford pitch on the night of his Manchester United Testimonial Match. This was United’s final warm-up before the much-anticipated season gets underway on Sunday at Wembley against Leicester City in the annual season kickoff – the FA Community Shield.

The match started off slowly with only a couple of United corners in the first 10  minutes to show for any of the work United did on offense. On the opposite end, Romelu Lukaku had a run and shot on David De Gea’s goal but the ball came straight to the chest of the diving keeper. The first real chance came in the 25th minute as the man of the night, Rooney, put through Zlatan Ibrahimovic who’s left-footed shot was saved by the Everton keeper.

Everton was next to show some attacking intent as some good work by Lukaku outside the United box saw the ball deflect to Ross Barkley for a powerful low shot. The shot was straight at De Gea and the Spanish keeper did his job. United countered and it took a good tackle from Seamus Coleman for a United corner to stop Lingard from taking a shot on goal. The resulting corner came to nothing.

United continued to probe and press Everton and it was the lively Luke Shaw who had United’s next chance as then he received the ball on the left, but his powerful shot was deflected out for a United corner. Rooney and Ibrahimovic combined again and a great ball from Rooney gave the Swede another shot on goal, this time, closer to the keeper, but the shot was smothered well by the Everton keeper. At the opposite end, Lukaku found himself in between United’s defense but couldn’t place his free header on goal to open the scoring. The final attack of the half came from United and went without a goal as the referee’s whistle brought a slow-paced first half to an end.

As he said he would in his pre-match comments, Mourinho made big changes to the United line-up in the second half as he searches for the match fitness for his players. Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Ashley Young came on for United. The match picked up where it left off, as both teams carefully probed for an opening goal. A great fell to the foot of Mirallas but his powerful, close-range shot could only find the side netting.

It was time for Rooney to exit the festivities of his own testimonial, and to a standing ovation and chants of, “Rooney! Rooney! Rooney!”, Manchester United’s captain exited the field and Marcus Rashford took his place. Mkhitaryan was now United’s liveliest player, a part of each positive play from the Red Devils, but no goals came from the Old Trafford side or their opponents. In the 62nd minute, some neat work from Ibrahimovic in midfield helped create a through ball for the big Swede, but the Everton keeper just beating him to the ball to gather safely.

A host of changes for Everton came next and United made a few more as Darmian, Mata, Memphis, and Romero made their way onto the Old Trafford pitch. In the 70th minute, a deep, early cross from Memphis on the left nearly found the head of the oncoming Fellaini but flew narrowly past. Seven minutes later, a good run and cross from Rashford was taken on the chest by Fellaini in the Everton box. His lay-off found Juan Mata, but his shot was blocked out for a corner by Tom Cleverley. Fellaini’s tame header from the resulting corner was on goal but was comfortably saved in the end.

Neither team ever looked like seriously scoring on the night, with United the more positive side at Old Trafford, and so the night ended with a 0-0 scoreline. Rooney rounded off the night by addressing the crowd at Old Trafford thanking them for the terrific support they’ve shown him in his 12 years at Old Trafford and leaving them with the hope that there will be more trophies to come in his remaining time, however long is left for him, at Old Trafford.

Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 65′); Valencia (Darmian 65′), Bailly (Jones 46′), Blind (Mata 65′), Shaw (Rojo 46′); Carrick (Schneiderlin 46′), Herrera (Fellaini 46′); Lingard (Mkhitaryan 46′), Rooney (Rashford 53′), Martial (Young 46′); Ibrahimovic (Memphis 65′)

Substitutes Not Used: Johnstone

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