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′

Report: Manchester United 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes – #MUTour2018

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.

Jose Mourinho made a few changes from the side which start against Club America in the early hours of Friday morning. Alexis Sanchez, Tahith Chong, James Garner, and Joel Pereira started in place of Demetri Mitchell, Juan Mata, Scott McTominay, and Lee Grant. United started the game in good stead, pressing the American side for an early goal. Valencia saw his cross into the box cleared, thwarting the attack.

In the fourth minute of the match, United were in possession in the San Jose box. Sanchez whipped in a cross which Bailly got to the end of, hitting the inside of the crossbar instead of the back of the net. It was a good chance for United. However, in the eighth minute of the match, Valencia was replaced by Matteo Darmian due to injury.

United were looking bright in the early stages of the match and Sanchez, after a long summer holiday, looked ready to drive United forward. The Chilean had the chance to cross the ball into the box, after chasing it into the corner but could not get the cross away from his man. San Jose, whose fitness levels will be much better then United with them being three months into their season, saw them enter a purple patch.

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In the twelfth minute, United had better possession of the ball with Shaw driving forward into space. Martial, as the striker, was not getting the service he needed, which has been problematic over the past few seasons but right now it will be because of the likes of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, also Fred not being part of the tour, so far at least.

Sanchez was fouled by Florian Jungworth in the 17th minute of the match, the German seemingly grabbing the next of the Chilean, bringing him down. The San Jose captain was shown the yellow card, the first one of the match. Twenty minutes into the match, Shaw conceded a free-kick, which came to nothing for the Earthquakes. United, despite not having much creativity, were doing well thus far.

In the 24th minute, Martial had a break on the ball, got into the box, looked like he was going to shoot and got dispossessed at the last second. Shaw had a chance in the 26th minute but his volley hit the ground, taking the thunder out of the strike and sending it over the crossbar. Two minutes later, Martial fed the ball into Ander Herrera but the return from the Spaniard was not strong enough.

Sanchez won a free-kick on the half hour mark of the match, took it himself and saw his shot whistle just wide of the target. Two minutes later, there was a water break in the game, which was something both teams look like they needed at this stage. On the sidelines during the break, Kieran McKenna was speaking to a number of the players, giving them instructions, presumably from the manager.

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The break ended three minutes later and two minutes into the restart, seemingly one of the highlights of the first half, a dead bird had to be removed from the pitch with Jungworth removing his shirt, taking the bird off the grass and returning to the pitch to continue the game. San Jose won a free-kick at the edge of United’s box in the 40th minute of the game, which came to nothing for the MLS side.

The time from the water break was added on at the end of the half with United seeking to go into the break a goal to the good. However, it was not happening for Mourinho’s side. San Jose were adjudged to be offside twice in the added time, seeking to capitalise themselves. The half ended 0-0 with the chances from the game both coming from United with Bailly’s crossbar rattler and Sanchez’s free-kick.

At the start of the second half, Mourinho made five changes with Grant replaced Pereira, Timothy Fosu-Mensah replacing Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe replacing Smalling, Scott McTominay replacing Garner, and Mata replacing Chong. United had a chance through Pereira in the 51st minute but it was always going to be wide of the target. United needed to be a little more clinical in this half of the game.

In the 57th minute of the match, San Jose could have found the first goal, seemingly beating Grant with Fosu-Mensah clearing the ball off the line, which may earn him some plaudits with Mourinho, especially in the fact he is seeking a new central defender this summer. Perhaps the Dutchman could be a player in contention with the media driving the agenda of United seeking to buy?

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United had a good chance on goal in the 65th minute of the match with Herrera through on goal but he was offside. United made another change with Sanchez being replaced by Mason Greenwood. United had more possession in the second half of the game but in terms of chances being created, there was little that needed to be spoken about.

San Jose had another shot on goal but Grant made a great save to deny the MLS side from taking the lead in this game. From the corner, the Earthquakes had another shot but it was rising over the crossbar despite Grant rising to tip the ball over the crossbar. United, after breaking forward, won a free-kick after Herrera was taken down just on the edge of the box in the right-hand side.

Mata took the free-kick, floating the ball into the box but the Earthquakes made the clearance with United having to regain possession and start their counter again. United won another corner with 15 minutes remaining after Greenwood was calling for the ball in the centre of the box and the ball being put out of play. Nothing came of the corner.

Mourinho made another change with Mitchell replacing Shaw in the 76th minute of the match, just before another water break delayed the match from continuing. United had another chance with McTominay in the box with Greenwood playing the cross into the box but the Scotland international did not put enough on the chance.

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United started to press late into the game but that inspired San Jose to break forward themselves. With ten minutes to play, the MLS side nearly scored, beating Grant with only the crossbar saving United blushes. In the 83rd minute of the match, Mourinho made another change with Angel Gomes replacing Pereira. Grant made another save late on, denying Chris Wondolowski. United then had a corner, which came to nothing.

Two minutes of added time was played at the end of the half with both sides seeking that winning goal. The match ended 0-0 with little to congratulate either side for. Grant was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the second half. In terms of creativity, United need to find something from somewhere otherwise the start of the season is going to be tough with at least seven first team players missing from the squad.

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′

Confirmed Starting XI: Manchester United v San Jose Earthquakes – #MUTour2018

Manchester United will face Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes in the second pre-season match of the tour of the United States on Sunday evening (in the United Kingdom). The match will be played at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. United drew 1-1 against Mexican side Club America in the early hours of Friday morning.

Lee Grant made his debut playing the first 45 minutes of the match with Joel Pereira playing the second half. It was in the second half when the Mexican side scored and later in the game, Juan Mata scored the equaliser. Alexis Sanchez travelled to the USA over the weekend, training with the squad yesterday and Nemanja Matic has arrived today.

Manchester United:

J. Pereira;

Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw;

Herrera, Garner, A. Pereira;

Chong, Martial, Sanchez


Grant; Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Mitchell, Tuanzebe, Williams; Bohui, Gomes, Hamilton, McTominay, Mata; Greenwood

United last played San Jose Earthquakes back in the summer of 2015, winning 3-1 at the California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. The goalscorers in that match were Juan Mata (32′), Memphis Depay (37′), and Andreas Pereira (61′). United will be seeking to earn their first victory of their pre-season tour this evening ready for the International Champions Cup, which will start against AC Milan in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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