Ratings: Creativity was lacking against San Jose; Chong and Greenwood were both lively

Manchester United drew for the second time in their pre-season tour of the USA, this time against San Jose Earthquakes at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. United had a few chances, through Eric Bailly, who hit the crossbar, Alexis Sanchez, who went wide with a free-kick and Scott McTominay, who did not put enough into his header on goal.

It was a pretty lack lustre game and the second draw of the pre-season campaign with AC Milan and the start of the International Champions Cup on the horizon. Eric Bailly had a good chance to score but his effort struck the underside of the crossbar, which stopped it hitting the back of the net. Alexis Sanchez had a chance from a free-kick, but it was wide of the mark and Scott McTominay had a chance with a header.

Creativity was lacking, which when you think about the fact that Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Fred were all missing from the side, not to mention the fact that David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, and Marcos Rojo were also missing. United have been boosted by 13 youth players, most of them having little or no experience at senior level.

Pre-season is about fitness and bonding the squad ahead of the new season. The FIFA World Cup has plagued that with around 12 players missing from the squad, most of which will miss the start of the season. Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood were standout players, as were Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who made a clearance off the line in the second half.

Manchester United

Joel Castro Pereira

The young Portuguese goalkeeper had a good half for his side, his second appearance in pre-season. He kept a clean sheet, which he will be happy about, conceding the only goal in the last match against Club America after coming on in the second half. Had very little to do in the first half. Replaced by Grant at the start of the second half.


25 Antonio Valencia

It was not a good second game of pre-season for the Ecuadorian who lasted just over seven minutes against San Jose and was replaced by Darmian in the eighth minute.


3 Eric Bailly

The Ivorian was defensively sound, seemingly earning his plaudits with the manager ahead of the season. Could have had the first goal but his shot was hit upwards into the underside of the crossbar and rebounding back into the pitch. Seemed to control his area well, even with a San Jose player playing for a foul, not getting it with Bailly standing firm. Replaced by Fosu-Mensah at the start of the seance half.


Chris Smalling

Had little to do in the first half of the game, although San Jose had quite a bit of possession and broke forward on the attack. Replaced by Tuanzebe.


23 Luke Shaw

An impressive first half for the defender who is seeking an opportunity from his manager, aiming to rejuvenate his career. He gave away a free-kick but got forward a lot of the time, seeking to add some creativity to a side lacking it. Shaw was replaced by Mitchell in the 76th minute of the match.


21 Ander Herrera

The most experienced member of the midfield trio. Got forward and tried to create for his side. Seemed better in the second half with McTominay in the midfield with him and Pereira.


James Garner

The 17-year-old made his debut for United and seemed out of place, as would be expected. However, he was not embarrassed and will be able to take this experience and use it to develop and learn. Talented young player. Replaced by McTominay.


Andreas Pereira

Had a good game for United, playing in midfield again. He's recently spoken about being put in the number six role by Mourinho, which he seems to be adapting to. Perhaps it is not the position for him but time will tell. Had a shot on goal in the 51st minute but it was wide of the target.


Tahith Chong

Started his first game for United after coming off the bench in the Club America game and impressing. Seems to have lots of pace, great tactical ability and a good mind to read the game. His physicality, like Mourinho has mentioned, will give him all the attributes when he's fully developed. Replaced by Mata at the start of the second half.


9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman played his second game as the central striker and yet again had little provided for him from the midfield, partly because of the lack of experience there with Herrera the only experienced player. Frustrated in the second half.


Alexis Sanchez

After a summer of rest, the Chilean seems ready and raring to go. Unlucky not to score a free-kick and has been lively throughout. Had a good game considering he's only been with the squad a few days after his summer break. Replaced by Greenwood in the 65th minute,



13 Lee Grant

Replaced Pereira 46'. Made a few good saves in the second half, showing why he's now a United player. Also was beaten a few times, once with Fosu-Mensah clearing the line, another with the crossbar saving his blushes.


Matteo Darmian

Replaced Valencia 8'. Came on to replace the injured Valencia. Did what was expected of him. Kept his position in the second half and w


24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Replaced Bailly 46'. Had a good game for United, playing in central defence. Commanding in his area, tough and liked to get involved. Cleared the line to deny a goalscoring opportunity. Perhaps this is the role he should be playing for his club. However, a midfield role might be better suited to him based on his power, pace and ability on and off the ball.


35 Demetri Mitchell

Replaced Shaw 76'. Got involved in the game and did well by his standards, Played much better against Club America when he played in a more advanced role.


38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Smalling 46'. Had a good half for United after his spell on loan at Aston Villa. Commanded his area and did well with Fosu-Mensah. Got stuck into the game and helped United with his confidence.


28 Angel Gomes

Replaced Pereira 83'. Had a shot cameo performance and had little of note in the match, which was to be expected. Hopefully he will play a few more minutes against AC Milan and beyond.


39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Garner 46'. Could have scored a headed goal but did not put enough into the header to beat the goalkeeper. Helped United command the midfield a but more in the second half.


8 Juan Mata

Replaced Chong 46'. His experience was much-needed in the second half of the game. Could not drive United to a winning position. Fitness is all that matter though!


11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Sanchez 65'. Put in a good performance and was the provider to what could have been the winner from McTominay, had he put enough onto the ball. Cracking young player with plenty of talent. One for the future though.


Manchester United: J. Pereira (Grant 46′); Valencia (Darmian 8′), Bailly (Fosu-Mensah 46′), Smalling (Tuanzebe 46′), Shaw (Mitchell 76′); Herrera, Garner (McTominay 46′), A. Pereira (Gomes 83′); Chong (Mata 46′), Martial, Sanchez (Greenwood 65′)

Substitutes Not Used: Williams; Bohui, Hamilton

Bookings: Axel Tuanzebe 90′

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