Manchester United edge past Real Madrid in International Champions Cup

first_imgJose Mourinho finally had something to smile about as Manchester United managed to edge past European champions Real Madrid in their final International Champions Cup in the United States of America.First half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera helped United beat Real Madrid 2-1 and end their tempestuous trip to the United States on a positive note.Mourinho’s mood has been a complete disaster in the last two weeks in USA as he continued to rue to the lack of first-team players and transfer activity. However, things were a tad different on Wednesday morning as his men managed to take a two-goal lead against a make-shift Real Madrid team that new coach Julen Lopetegui fielded in the first-half of the match at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.Real Madrid did aim for a comeback with Karim Benzema slotting in a poachers goal in just before the half-time mark but the United defenders managed to keep a ‘better’ Real at bay in the second-half to come out with a one-goal win.Also read – Jose Mourinho confident of one more signing before transfer window shutsIn front of 64,141 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, United were finishing off their pre-season preparations against a Real Madrid side just starting theirs.Job done for @Alexis_Sanchez!Thoughts on his display tonight?#MUFC #MUTOUR pic.twitter.com/7h9mV6ag29Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 1, 2018La Liga starts a week later than the Premier League so new Real manager Lopetegui was able to name the likes of Gareth Bale to start while Germany star Toni Kroos was on the bench.advertisementSpanish international David de Gea was making his first start since returning from the extra time given to him following the World Cup and he was almost beaten in the eighth minute – Bale starting a move which saw Benzema fire just wide from close range.Also read – Jose Mourinho bookie’s favourite to ‘get the axe’ first in Premier LeagueBrazilian Fred was making his first United start and looked comfortable in his new surroundings.And on 18 minutes, United were ahead. Ander Herrera fed Matteo Darmian and teed up Sanchez who clinically swept the ball home. It was a Mourinho’s side’s first real opportunity – and it was taken superbly.So too was the second goal which arrived on 27 minutes.Also read – Jose Mourinho suggests holidaying Manchester United players to return earlyDarmian lifted the ball to Mata and once the Spaniard had regained his composure he crossed for Sanchez who was able to divert the ball into the path of Herrera who made no mistake.46′ | 2-1 | The second half has started at the Hard Rock Stadium! ¡VAMOS!: https://t.co/x0drPMslww#RMTour | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/iBPtpruiMyReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 1, 2018Bale curled wide soon after but just before the interval, Benzema tapped in an excellent Theo Hernandez cross to give the vast amounts of Madrid fans in Miami something to cheer.Also read -World Cup success means Premier League loss for Manchester United: MourinhoBale, a one time target for Mourinho, was withdrawn for the second half as Lopetegui shuffled his pack and one of the substitutes, Martin Odegaard should have levelled on 56 minutes when he blazed over the bar from eight yards.The Norwegian saw a free-kick saved by De Gea late on but United held firm to lift Mourinho’s mood. It was their first victory in regulation play this pre-season – AC Milan were defeated on penalties in Los Angeles last week.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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