Thursday, July 22, 2010

Video highlights: United beat the Union - but only just...

Manchester United were in action last night when they took on Philadelphia Union at the Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia Union were only formed two years ago - they make FC United look like a well established club - but currently they lie third from bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. However, the MLS outfit had already taken Celtic's scalp with a 1-0 victory, nonetheless, what should have been a comfortable victory was anything but, as United were made to work hard for their second win of the US tour.

Gabriel Obertan scored a well taken goal late on and Substitute Dimitar Berabatov was unlucky not to add to United's tally with a fine effort that crashed against the Union crossbar following a sharp turn inside the box.

Kiko Macheda and Danny Welbeck were paired up front and at times they showed touches of promise; Welbeck's movement was good, but his finishing let him down.

United v Philadelphia Union Video highlights

Tom Cleverley took the eye in central midfield alongside Paul Scholes, but worryingly for Ferguson, United's defence was too easily breached on a number of occasions but Union failed to take advantage.

Philadelphia Union: Knighton; Fiscal, Arrieta, Califf, Harvey; Le Toux, Coudet, Miglioranzi, Fred; Moreno, Mwanga.

Manchester United: Kuszczak; O'Shea (De Laet, 77), Brown (Smalling, 61), J. Evans, Fabio (Rafael, 61); Obertan, Cleverley (Fletcher, 61), Scholes (C. Evans, 61), Giggs; Welbeck, Macheda (Berbatov, 61).

Attendance: 44,213


  1. I watched a little of the game in between snoozing. Everytime I opened my eyes 5 more minutes passed - not a bad thing tbh as it wasent a great game.

    Thought Macheda was quiet in the first half, Obertan too tho he seemed to step it up a notch in the second half. Cant really remember anymore than that from the game.

  2. I'm more than a bit concerned about our central defensive partnership for the coming season.

    Friendlies like last night are pretty meaningless, so it's a pointless reading too much into them; but I can see us shipping goals this season and as you know if you have a solid defence you always have a chance with players like Rooney up front.


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