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Ratings: Andreas Pereira one of the players to shine in the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool

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.

Liverpool created a lot more in the match, which was partly because of the players they had in the first half, with United missing many first team players because of injury and the FIFA World Cup. Andreas Pereira’s free-kick will be the main thing to remember from this match, something to boost the confidence of the youngster ahead of what will be an important season for him.

Alexis Sanchez did not get as much luck as he did against Milan, although he did have a chance to claw back a goal, despite bring 4-1 down at the time, missing the target completely. I am sure Mourinho will not be too caught up in the defeat, it being a pre-season fixture with nothing more than fitness to worry about. Of course, it is never good seeing United lose, but let the Liverpool supporters brag and get carried away here.

Manchester United

13 Lee Grant

Had another good game in a United shirt. Made a few good saves but was unable to stop Mane's penalty, although he guessed the right way to dive but the penalty was heading straight for the corner. Commanded his area and tried to direct the defence, with some frustration.

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Matteo Darmian

His ball work needs to be much better which is one of the main reasons why he is not playing the number of matches he would like to. His ball to Sanchez was poor. Not the best or performances from the Italian. It looks like he wants to leave and has no desire to improve at the club, possibly knowing he will be heading out the exit soon.

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24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

The Dutchman had some good moments and some bad moments in the match against Liverpool, which is to be the case this early in pre-season. I like the way he gets stuck in but his inexperience and lack of fitness should not see him be judges early.

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3 Eric Bailly

Drafted in as a precaution for an injured Smalling, albeit minor. The best defender on the pitch by a country mile. Did what he needed to do in the first half of the match.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Tuanzebe is relatively inexperienced. I would expect him to be loaned out to a club who would use him this season. He needs to be playing competitive football and at United, that is not going to be the case for him.

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35 Demetri Mitchell

Gave away the penalty for Liverpool after a foul on Salah in the box, which the Egyptian going down a bit too easily.

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21 Ander Herrera

Captained United against Liverpool. Led his team into the game, which was never going to be taken as a friendly by these players. Got stuck into the game and generally did what he needed to do. Gave away the second penalty for Liverpool, seemingly handing Liverpool the victory.

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39 Scott McTominay

Did not have the best game in the centre if midfield. It was never going to be a match where United would shine, knowing the strength of squad Liverpool had ahead of the game.

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Andreas Pereira

Scored the equaliser for United with a stunning free-kick. His return this summer will be great for United, who will have another midfielder capable of playing well but also another player capable of taking set-pieces

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8 Juan Mata

Could have scored two goals in the first half but he was flagged offside for both. The Spaniard was fired up to face the enemy, as any United player would be.

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Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean was left frustrated against Liverpool, especially with Darmian's balls into the box, which were nowhere near him. Looked ready to take the game by the scruff of the neck though.

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Substitutes

Joel Castro Pereira

Replaced Grant 46'. Conceded three goals in the second half, one a penalty as United set themselves up for their first pre-season defeat this summer. It was 50/50 for the penalty but he was well and truly beaten by Shaqiri both times .

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Ro-Shaun Williams

Replaced Herrera 80'. Hardly got involved in the game but made his first appearance for the first team on the pre-season tour.

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Tahith Chong

Replaced Mitchell 72'. His pace could have been a problem for Liverpool but the game was already in the bag for the Merseysiders.

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17 Fred

Replaced Mata 72'. Made his United debut. Got involved in his cameo but will not be anywhere near fully fit after linking up with the team only a few days ago.

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28 Angel Gomes

Replaced Sanchez 80'. Had a ten minute cameo but could not get all that much involved in the game in so little time with United chasing the game.

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Joshua Bohui

Replaced Tuanzebe 80'. Made his first appearance for the first team on the pre-season tour. Unable to do much with United trailing in the game.

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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

Report: Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool – International Champions Cup

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

Confirmed Starting XI: Manchester United v Liverpool – International Champions Cup

Manchester United face Liverpool in their second match of the International Champions Cup at the Michigan Stadium, also called the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The last time United played in this stadium, it was against Real Madrid with more than 100,000 supporters in the stadium and Real Madrid photoshopping the image to make it look like the supporters were supporting them but it was more like a sea of red.

Matches against Liverpool, even if they are a pre-season friendly such as this one, tend not to be too friendly. If Liverpool win the match, their supporters will crow on for months about how they beat United, no matter the squad which played in the match but if they lost, it would just be a pointless friendly which none of the care about. I guess when you have a pretty pathetic fan base, that is what happens.

Manchester United:

Grant;

Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mitchell;

McTominay, Herrera, A. Pereira;

Mata, Sanchez

Substitutes:

J. Pereira; Shaw, Williams; Chong, Fred, Garner, Gomes, Hamilton; Greenwood

Jurgen Klopp stated two years ago about how he wanted to do things so much differently after Jose Mourinho spent £89 million on Paul Pogba. However, after spending £75 million on Virgil van Dijk and £67 million on goalkeeper Alisson, it just goes to show that is was nothing but jealousy from the passionate German manager, who has lost six cup finals in a row. Bless them.

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