Ratings: Alexis Sanchez was the standout player in penalty victory over Milan in Carson

Manchester United won 9-8 on penalties after drawing 1-1 with AC Milan in the opening game of the International Champions Cup in Carson, California. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a sublime finish, however, Suso equalised two minutes later.

Alexis Sanchez was the standout player in this game, showing his class from the opening minute of the game. His finish for his goal was second to none. He had many chances throughout the game but they did not come off. Juan Mata assisted for United’s only goal, also having a few chances himself. There was a lot of creativity from United, this being the best pre-season match so far this summer.

Joel Pereira showed his abilities as a goalkeeper during the second half and the penalty shootout. Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will head out on loan this summer, aiming to develop into a goalkeeper who could contend with both Sergio Romero and David De Gea in the coming years aye the club. Andreas Pereira had a good game too, earning his chance this coming season.

United will face Liverpool in Michigan on Saturday in a game which kicks off at 22:05 BST in the United Kingdom. Winning this match, the first United have won on tour this summer, will see them seeking to win in 90 minutes against Liverpool on Saturday.

Manchester United

13 Lee Grant

Started his second game for United on pre-season tour and was unlucky to concede his first goal minutes after United took the lead. Commanded his area and dealt with everything else that was thrown at him in the first half.


Matteo Darmian

Captained United against his former club. Defensively, on the right he did what he needed to do but going forward, his crossing was poor. On Fosu-Mensah's introduction, Darmian played in the left-back role. Scored a penalty.


3 Eric Bailly

The Ivorian was solid in defence apart from when Milan scored the opener with a player sneaking around the back of Smalling to beat Grant.


Chris Smalling

Saw a Milan player sneak in behind him to score the equaliser after Sanchez's opener. Scored a penalty after being pulled from taking the final one of the first five.


38 Axel Tuanzebe

Played as a central defender in a five-man defence. Perhaps culpable for Milan's equaliser as he did not stick to his area, allowing Suso to run in behind Smalling and find the equaliser. During the water break, he was spoken to by Mourinho, presumably to try and raise his composure during the rest of the match. Scored a penalty.


23 Luke Shaw

Got forward at times, seemingly having the option to do so with United playing five at the back. Helped create for his side, playing well with Sanchez. Played well in the second half, having two shots, failing to score before being replaced by Fosu-Mensah.


21 Ander Herrera

Played well in midfield and had the chance to gain something from the match, unable to hit the back of the net. His presence in midfield helped United at times with the inexperienced McTominay and Pereira. Played well in the second half but was booked in stoppage time. Scored two penalties, including the winning penalty.


39 Scott McTominay

Had a few chances to score but it did not come off for him. This season, the Scotland international will be looking to continue his rise to becoming a first team player. Missed his penalty.


Andreas Pereira

The Belgian-born Brazilian is having a good pre-season and seems to be full of confidence ready for the upcoming season. Scored two penalties.


8 Juan Mata

Assisted the first goal, sending Sanchez through and putting United 1-0 up in the 12 minute. Had the chance to put United ahead again but fluffed his lines. Seems to be playing well with Sanchez, which is a great sign.


Alexis Sanchez

Scored the opening goal of the game after being sent through by Mata, hitting a cool finish past Donnarumma. Was very lively through the first half, seemingly aiming to score multiple goals. Looks close to being in scintillating form. Also scored a fine penalty.



Joel Castro Pereira

Replaced Grant 46'. Composed in his position and commanded his area. Seemed confident and dealt with any problem which were sent his way by Milan. Made a few saves during penalties, but missed his own.


24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Replaced Shaw 74'. Played well at right-back, cutting passes out and attempting to break forward for his side. May be called upon at the start of the season if Valencia is out of contention due to injury. Scored a penalty.


Ethan Hamilton

Replaced Mata 88'. Came on with two minutes plus stoppage time left. Not long enough to get involved in the game. Missed a penalty.


Goals: Alexis Sanchez 12′

Assists: Juan Mata 12′

Manchester United: Grant (J. Pereira 46′); Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Shaw (Fosu-Mensah 74′); Herrera, McTominay, A. Pereira; Mata (Hamilton 88′), Sanchez

Substitutes Not Used: Mitchell, Williams; Garner, Gomes, Bohui, Chong, Greenwood

Bookings: Ander Herrera 90+1

Report: AC Milan (8) 1-1 (9) Manchester United – #MUTour2018

Manchester United won 9-8 on penalties after drawing 1-1 with AC Milan in the opening game of the International Champions Cup in Carson, California. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a sublime finish, however, Suso equalised two minutes later.

Jose Mourinho made seven changes with Lee Grant starting in goal again with Matteo Darmian replacing the injured Antonio Valencia, who had headed back to Manchester for treatment on his calf injury. Axel Tuanzebe starts his first game this summer with Scott McTominay replacing James Garner in the team. Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata lead the line after Anthony Martial left the USA to be with his pregnant girlfriend.

United started the match in good stead, getting a credible opportunity on goal after winning a free-kick in the first minute. Mata’s delivery asked questions of the Milan defence, coming to nothing though. McTominay inside the third minute, had a chance on goal but Gianluigi Donnarumma made the save, denying the Academy graduate from scoring the opening goal of the game.

In the fifth minute of the match, Frank Kessie had a shot on goal, hitting the side netting. United started to take control of the game, pressing the Milan defence and seeking to gain something in the early stages. In the seventh minute, Sanchez was fouled around 30-yards out, winning a free-kick for United. The Chilean took the free-kick, aiming for goal with Donnarumma parrying out for a corner.

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United took the lead in the 12th minute of the game after Mata sent a through ball into Sanchez, who was clean through Milan’s defence, beating Donnarumma firing into the far corner of the net. United did not score in the last match, scoring once in the first game. This will be a welcome goal by the Chilean. The lead didn’t last long with Suso equalising in the 15th minute of the match, assisted by Leonardo Bonucci.

United looked to get ahead in the game again with Sanchez looking to start something, playing the ball to the left and waiting in the box to get a cross in. Sadly, nothing came of this attack for United but Mourinho’s side were still on top in this period of the game, pressuring the Milan defence and winning another corner in the 22nd minute after some free-flowing play. Sanchez went for goal from the corner, just off target.

United had a great chance in the 27th minute with Sanchez on the break, Mata in the box and the Chilean passing the ball with Herrera having a shot on goal, which was deflected out with United winning a corner. United were still dominating, seemingly catching Donnarumma off his line, the Italian saving his blushes but giving United another corner with McTominay heading towards goal, Donnarumma catching it.

Milan won a corner and pressured United for a period, aiming to take the lead themselves. The shot on goal was caught by Grant as United looked to pressure the Italian side once again. There was a water break in the game in the 31st minute with Mourinho talking to his players, seemingly making suggestions ahead of the remainder of the half.

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United were playing some good football, stringing some good passes together and creating some good chances. In the 40th minute, Mata had the chance to shoot but was somehow dispossessed with Milan getting some time to threaten themselves. United were showing signs of danger, mostly through Sanchez, who looks to be starting to hit some form, despite this being a pre-season match.

United created another chance late in the first half with Darmian on the ball but his cross being hit too hard and missing any chance of connecting with a teammate. Three minutes were added on at the end of the first half. Milan were looking to take charge of the game, trying to pressure United, winning a free-kick which was well over the crossbar instead of causing problems for Grant.

It was an entertaining half of football with United adding more creativity to their game and Sanchez seemingly looking like a player not far from hitting scintillating form, which will be good for United ahead of the new season. Kessie had a late chance for Milan, which was blocked, resulting in a corner for Milan, which did not happen because the referee ended the half, ending 1-1.

At the start if the second half, Mourinho made one change with Joel Pereira replacing Grant. United should have taken the lead through Sanchez in the 47th minute of the match after the Chilean rushed into the box but did not connect with the ball enough to find the back of the net. McTominay had another opportunity to find a goal, unable to do so in the early stages of the second half.

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In the 55th minute of the match, after a lapse of concentration by United, Milan were able to break through and attempt to find the goal that would put them ahead in the game. It never happened after the defence thwarted the attack, adding pressure in the final seconds. United immediately got back on the attack themselves, seeking to find a winner themselves. Bailly dropped down injured but was able to continue.

Shaw had an opportunity to create something in the 62nd minute of the match, going for goal and winning a corner. Shaw then had another shot on goal but Pepe Reina, who had just replaced Donnarumma, made a great save. The offside flag was raised though as Sanchez was interfering with play, from an offside position so a goal, if one was scored, would not have counted anyway.

Milan had another chance to take something from the game in the 66th minute of the match but the shot on goal was well over the crossbar and still rising into the stands. Suso was lively for the Italian side, pressuring United’s defence in the box, winning a corner, which was cleared by United, ending up a goal kick for Pereira. Milan were straight back on the prowl for a second goal though.

United had a great chance with an over the top ball his to Sanchez, who was rushing into Milan’s box, the defence cut his angle down so he could not immediately shoot. Mata arrived into the box and Sanchez passed the ball to him but the Spaniard’s shot was met by Reina, thwarting another good chance from United. Sanchez is having a great game. Perhaps he was judged, by some, too soon!

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Kessie had a chance in the 79th minute but it came to nothing. Sanchez then launched a blistering run into Milan’s half, passing the ball to keep the attack alive but Milan then dispossessing the launching an attack themselves, which came to nothing. Milan won a free-kick from a good position but Pereira caught the ball to thwart the chance.

In the 74th minute, Mourinho made a change with Tim Fosu-Mensah replacing Shaw with the manager signalling Darmian to move over to the left-back position with Fosu-Mensah playing as the right-back. The Dutchman immediately got involved in the game, dispossessing Milan in the box to keep United in charge of the game with just under 15 minutes to play. The referee called for another water break in the 77th minute of the match.

In the 80th minute, Herrera had a shot on goal after some good interplay from United with Sanchez, Herrera, Pereira and Mata all involved. With ten minutes remaining, the match was likely to go to penalties as a winner would need to be found. United seemed determined to find a winner with Sanchez the standout player from the match so far.

Milan nearly scored the winner in the 85th minute but they hit the post after beating Pereira, saving United’s blushes. Milan were dealing with the advantage at this stage of the game, pressuring United on the edge of their area, seeking a way to win the game. Milan won a free-kick, which seemed like Darmian was fouled, the referee giving it the other way.

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The free-kick was launched into the box, Pereira rose to catch the ball, did not get a grip of it, recovering and sending United forward. In the 88th minute of the match, Ethan Hamilton made his debut, replacing Mata. Milan had a chance in the last minute of the match but Bailly cut out the pass inside the box, thwarting another opportunity to score.

Three minutes of stoppage time was played at the end of the second half. Here was booked in stoppage time for a challenge, the first booking of the match. The match ended 1-1 with penalties deciding the result. Pereira took the first penalty, beating Reina. 1-0 United. Calhanoglu scored Milan’s first penalty. Herrera took United’s second, beating Reina. 2-1 United. Borini took Milan’s second, saved by Pereira. Still 2-1 to United.

Sanchez took United’s third penalty, beating Reina. United lead 3-1 now. Kessie took Milan’s third, scoring. 3-2 to United now. McTominay took United’s fourth, which was saved by Reina. Still 3-2 to United. Suso took Milan’s fourth, Pereira making the save. Still 3-2 to United. Joel Pereira took the final penalty, replacing Smalling on Mourinho’s orders, saved by Reina. Still 3-2 to United. Reina took Milan’s fifth, now 3-3.

Sudden death now. Bailly took United’s sixth, saved by Reina. Advantage Milan now with the chance to win the match. Romagnoli took Milan’s sixth, hitting the post. United were still alive. Smalling took United’s seventh, beating Reina. 4-3 United. Milan have to score now. Calabria took Milan’s seventh, just beating Pereira. Now 4-4.

Tuanzebe took United’s eighth, beating Reina. 5-4 to United. Kalinic with Milan’s eighth, beating Pereira. Now 5-5. Fosu-Mensah with United’s ninth, beating Reina. 6-5 to United. Musacchio took Milan’s ninth, beating Pereira. Now 6-6. Hamilton took United’s tenth, saved by Reina. Mauri took Milan’s tenth, saved by Pereira. Darmian with United’s eleventh, beat Reina. 7-6 to United. Antonelli beat Pereira, now 7-7.

Pereira took his second penalty, beating Reina. 8-7 to United. Calhanoglu beat Pereira with a stunning penalty, taking it to 8-8. Herrera took his second, beating Reina. Now 9-8 to United. Kessie took his second, hitting his shot over the crossbar. United won 9-8 on penalties. The second match in the International Champions Cup will be against Liverpool in Michigan on Saturday evening, kick off 22:05 BST in the United Kingdom.

Goals: Alexis Sanchez 12′

Assists: Juan Mata 12′

Manchester United: Grant (J. Pereira 46′); Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Shaw (Fosu-Mensah 74′); Herrera, McTominay, A. Pereira; Mata (Hamilton 88′), Sanchez

Substitutes Not Used: Mitchell, Williams; Garner, Gomes, Bohui, Chong, Greenwood

Bookings: Ander Herrera 90+1

Confirmed Starting XI: AC Milan v Manchester United – #MUTour2018

Manchester United face AC Milan in their first International Champions Cup match at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. United have played two matches already this summer, drawing 1-1 against Club America in Phoenix, Arizona which was followed by a 0-0 draw against San Jose Earthquakes in Santa Clara, California.

United manager Jose Mourinho took 13 Academy players on the pre-season tour. Tahith Chong, James Garner, and Mason Greenwood have all made their debuts whilst Angel Gomes, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe and Demetri Mitchell have all had valuable minutes which will help them develop ahead of what could be an important season for them all.

Manchester United:


Darmian, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw;

Tuanzebe, McTominay, Herrera;

Mata, A. Pereira, Sanchez


J. Pereira; Fosu-Mensah, Mitchell, Williams; Hamilton, Garner, Gomes, Bohui, Chong, Greenwood

United and AC Milan have gone head to head ten times competitively with both clubs winning five matches each. The last game between the two sides was played in the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford more than eight years ago, a 4-0 victory for United, winning the first leg at the San Siro 3-2, an aggregate 7-2 victory.

United will be seeking victory for the first time this summer but will have to do so without Anthony Martial, who left the pre-season tour to fly back for the birth of his child. This is in effect a training match. Results tend not to matter in pre-season. It is all about fitness; building and maintaining it ahead of the new season, which starts in just over two weeks time.

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