Manchester United defeated Real Madrid on penalties, following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes at the Levi’s Stadium in California.
Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United a one-goal lead to take into the half-time interval. Martial’s magical feet helped him enter the penalty area, where he squared the ball to an unmarked Lingard to convert from close-range.
Real Madrid were gifted a route back into the game when summer signing Victor Lindelof clumsily hacked down Theo Hernandez inside the penalty area. Casemiro made no mistakes from the penalty spot to fire the ball into the roof of the net.
Manchester United dominated the first half with Jesse Lingard striking off target with two long-range opportunities. The likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema were thwarted by a solid defensive partnership in the shape of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.
Real Madrid changed their entire team at the beginning of the second half, resting their hopes of salvaging something from the match on the shoulders of their younger players. Manchester United disintegrated in the second half, despite boasting the personnel of Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
New signing Victor Lindelof gifted Real Madrid with the perfect opportunity to equalise shortly after the half-time interval. The Swedish international clumsily hacked down Theo Hernandez inside the penalty area and Casemiro clinically fired the ball into the roof of the net.
Marouanne Fellaini had a prime opportunity to fire Manchester United back into the lead in the closing stages. Scott McTominay delivered a crisp cross into an unmarked Fellaini but the Belgian scuffed his lines from close-range.
Real also had opportunities to clinch the victory but David De Gea pulled off a magnificent save to thwart Luis Miguel Quezada. The 21-year-old curled his free-kick from an acute angle dangerously towards the near post but De Gea sprawled across his goal to come to the rescue.
The English giants were victorious over the Spanish giants, after winning one of the most horrific penalty shoot-outs ever witnessed by the human eye. Martial blasted over into row Z and Lindelof sent a pea-roller directly at Casilla.
Manchester United’s Youth Impress, Whereas Main Stars Depress
Manchester United’s young stars showed great potential against UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid. Scott McTominay caught my eye with his attacking intent and tendency to deliver the ball into the penalty area.
Fosu-Mensah was arguably one of Manchester United’s strongest performers in the first half. He continuously advanced down the right flank and contributed to various threatening attacking moves. Unfortunately, Jesse Lingard was caught hiding on regular occasions, which forced Marcus Rashford to retreat to deeper positions.
Romelu Lukaku failed to make an impression during the second half and Paul Pogba had a tendency of overcomplicating his game. Henrikh Mkhitaryan enjoyed a relatively strong second half and Anthony Martial showed glimpses of class.
It’s difficult to judge pre-season friendlies, as all tactics, formations and performances tend to head straight out of the window at the beginning of the season. Mourinho should definitely give the young players more opportunities at senior level next season.
Andreas Pereira lacks physical strength but can grow into a class player with experience due to his quick feet, imagination and scale of creativity. The future looks bright for Manchester United but they can only be judged when the Premier League returns in August.