Manchester United defeated Real Madrid 3-1 at the Big House thanks to a brace from Ashley Young and a late goal from Javier Hernández
That’s all from me – keep your eyes peeled for Jamie Jackson’s match report. Thanks for all your emails and tweets and apologies if I didn’t get around to yours, but each one was appreciated equally. Until next time …
And that’s that. Impressive from United and they head to Miami for the final on Monday night. Two goals from Ashley Young in the first half, with Gareth Bale’s penalty sandwiched in between, had Louis van Gaal’s team in front at half-time and Hernández added the insurance late on for a comfortable win.
89 min: While Mata and Rooney looked good when linking up in the first half, there’s been promising signs from Kagawa and Hernández working off each other in the past 15 minutes. Still, Real have been sluggish from start to finish apart from very, very brief and sporadic bursts.
86 min: Ronaldo has been quiet since coming on but has just won a corner off Tyler Blackett’s shin. The kick is far too deep though and, eventually, United clear.
84 min: United controlling the play now since doubling their lead. It’s been a promising tour of the US for Van Gaal so far – with the added bonus of an additional run-out on Monday all but guaranteed.
Just the 109,318 at the Big House. A record attendance for a football (or should that be soccer?) game in the US.
Hernández finally finds the net at the third time of asking with a cute header at the back post. But the credit should go to Kagawa, who fizzed a beautiful pass with his right peg on to the Mexico striker’s head.
77 min: Jesse Lingard plays a neat, low cross from just inside the right side of the box. Javier Hernández stretches but is inches short of a simple tap-in.
75 min: Cleverley’s free-kick is cleared as far as Kagawa but he scuffs his shot wide.
74 min: Cristiano Ronaldo enters the fray. Luke Shaw takes a deep breath.
70 min: Darren Fletcher has looked quite impressive in midfield and has just berated the defence, who have been soaking up piles of pressure. But United show signs of attacking intent for the first time in some time as Shinji Kagawa’s dinked ball finds Javier Hernández, who fails to connect well with his strike.
65 min: Modric fizzes in a corner which Phil Jones heads clear. But it’s all Real and they soon win another corner. That is cleared, Modric’s returning cross is headed behind again by Jones. And Modric takes a third corner in 90 seconds. That one ends up on the opposite side. Bale’s inswinging cross is met by De Tomás but the 19-year-old heads over.
61 mins: This is where the game becomes a bit silly: United introduce three more new faces. Chicharito, Kagawa and Lingard all on as Ronaldo has a little stretch on the touchline. Will we be graced with his presence?
60 min: Real enjoying their best spell and Arbeloa wins a corner via Shaw. There’s some ping-pong in the area and it ends with Pepe drilling wide.
The game has been tamed a bit. But the Herrera debate has legs. Farid responds:
Edan, my point exactly, no one else went for him. And Thorpe, there’s a difference between conjuring nearly half a dozen assist against LA Galaxy compared to exhibiting combative skills against the likes of Roma, Internazionale and Real Madrid. Last I checked United are aiming to compete in the Champions League once again, not the MLS.
And George Gaywood gives his take …
For me we have struggled with both ball retention, playing with tempo and physicality in the centre of the park since the days of Scholes. Herrera can drastically improve two of those areas but for me we still require a box to box midfield commander. Pogba? Lol.
56 min: Bale’s free-kick technique looks quite like Ronaldo’s these days and after sizing it up, dips the ball over the wall. De Gea gets down well to his bottom left corner to save. Alonso is off by the way, replaced by Raúl de Tomás.
54 min: Luke Shaw fouls Arbeloa and Real have a dangerously positioned free-kick, which Bale is eyeing up, but there’s a slight delay as Xabi Alonso is being treated for an injury.
In Minneapolis, it finished 2-2 between Man City and Olympiakos. The Greek side won the penalty shootout 5-4 and are awarded the bonus point. For those of you hoping for a Manchester derby in Miami, that boat has now sailed.
47 min: Bale turns Keane inside out on the left and picks out Isco near the penalty spot. The shot is deflected off Evans and De Gea saves well.
Wayne Rooney restarts. More of the same, please. That first half was above your average friendly fare.
United have made three changes at the break: Shaw on for Young, Blackett on for Evans, Cleverley on for Herrera. Real continue with the same XI.
Sometimes, there are no words
And one more email before we restart. This from Michael Francis Pollin:
I am in Barcelona, just watched Barça draw 1-1 with Nice on Català TV & now watching MUFC V Real Madrid. But the Spanish commentary and punditary is still full of passion and very constructive (in drawing and losing), whereas the English would still be negative and critical! Unfortunately, as so many access the game through un-positive media coverage, this attitude continues to permeate through the playing and learning of the game.
Some more of your emails on Herrera
I think it’s fair to say that Farid Emran’s comment that Herrera is even worse than Cleverly is a bit too soon; but if Herrera really is such a fantastic prospect why did no other club go for him as well? No to mention that he was also well down even United’s midfield wanted list last summer too – Edan Tal
Herrera has been a breath of fresh air in midfield, I have no idea what Farid has been watching. He’s misplaced a few passes tonight granted, but other than that he’s been combative, full of skill with the ball with direct running and some great through balls. He set up about 5 goals in the first game of tour. Exactly what United have been missing these past few years. You’d have to be insane to criticise him after watching Fellaini/Carrick/Cleverly last season. I’m guessing he’s a Pool fan – Alex Thorpe
Paddy Crerand is on the touchline, working as an analyst for MUTV, which gives me an excuse to post this moment of radio gold.
Was wondering how long it would take for somebody to mention this, so hat-tip to Matthew Hayes for being first in:
Why is this the International Champions Cup? United aren’t Champions of anything at the moment, are they?
What have we made of Ander Herrera so far in a United shirt? Farid Emran hasn’t been impressed. Although, is it not far too early to produce a damning verdict?
Apart from the LA Galaxy match I don’t think Herrera has been impressive at all. In this match he has had a few misplaced passes and most of his completed passes were sideways or back passes. TC23 needn’t worry about his place in the team. Has United bought another overpriced overhyped player?
A very enjoyable 45 minutes comes to a close and a band on a trailer are being rolled out onto the Big House surface.
45 min: United have a free-kick 30 yards out. Rooney cleverly clips it over the wall into Mata’s path, who shoots wide. They had been practicing that one.
42 min: Danny Welbeck, impressive up until now, is limping off to be replaced by Wilfried Zaha.
Some more on Pepe and Sergio Ramos …
Justin Kavanagh, via email, is reading the minds of many with regards United’s second and whether Rooney got a touch:
Did Rooney get a hair-plug on that one or not?
Young fizzes a delightful cross in from the left which Rooney jumps for under pressure from Ramos. He fails to connect and the ball bounces before creeping in past Casillas. Rooney is attempting to claim it but replays suggest he didn’t add to the cross – even though the PA announcer in the ground awards the goal to the striker.
35 min: Bale goes close with a stunning overheard kick after Daniel Carvajal’s pinpoint cross. Such magnificent execution but De Gea saves.
33 min: We have a Mexican wave at the Big House. That tells you all you need to know about what’s currently happening on the pitch.
31 min: Real beginning to look a bit more threatening since the equaliser, but Bale’s long ball is easily cut out by Evans.
Bit of a lull on the pitch, so here’s more from JR in Illinois on Real’s defensive partnership …
I really hope Pepe and Ramos can give the American crowd a taste of what they’re all about. At least one out of the following list would be nice: head butt, vicious elbow to back of head, stamp (on lower leg preferably but hand will work if the opportunity presents itself), scything challenge from behind, punch in face, headlock, arm bar, figure-four toe hold suplex atomic wedgie
Michael Keane clumsily drags down Gareth Bale, who up until now had been anonymous. He dusts himself down to take the penalty, calmly driving it low into the right side of the net with De Gea diving in the opposite direction.
23 min: Real show signs of life, winning their first corner. Modric takes but Juan Mata picks up possession, who then picks out Jonny Evans on the left wing (yes, the left wing) and risking a bloody nose, passes it back to Ashley Young.
Some magnificent football from United, with 20 passes in the build-up. Valencia finds Fletcher on the right, he plays a rapid one-two with Rooney, then feeds Welbeck who picks out an unmarked Ashley Young on the left. And the winger tucks it into the bottom corner.
18 min: Antonio Valencia gallops down the right past Nacho but his cross fails to find a red shirt.
15 min: Real enjoy a rare jaunt into the United half, they pass the ball sideways and slowly before Fletcher picks up possession. Sloppy from Carlo Ancelotti’s team so far.
13 min: United win their second corner following a neat turn from Juan Mata. Rooney swings it in again and it’s cleared into the path of Darren Fletcher on the edge of the area. The Scot controls before striking with the inside of his right boot from 20 yards, across goal and wide.
9 min: That high pressing is evident again as Juan Mata picks up a loose Real pass inside the attacking third. He feeds Welbeck who fails to fashion an opportunity. United look much sharper in the early stages – although, it must be added, that Real are without nine players.
7 min: Corner for United, which Rooney attempts to clip towards the near post but the danger is dealt with easily.
6 min: Quite a decent tempo so far, with Welbeck lively. Ander Herrera’s first real involvement is a foul on Luka Modric, who was about to play in Gareth Bale, but Van Gaal’s high pressing tactic is obvious to see immediately.
4 min: Ashley Young attempts to find Rooney but the striker is flagged for offside.
3 min: United break and Wayne Rooney plays a lovely through ball towards Danny Welbeck but Nacho covers well.
Real get us going, playing from left to right, in their all white strip. United are in red.
Quite the turnout for a kickabout
The teams are in the tunnel several minutes now, where Spanish team-mates Iker Casillas and David de Gea share a warm exchange. Meanwhile, Man City are drawing 1-1 with Olympiakos at half-time in Minneapolis, City’s goal coming from Stevan Jovetic.
JR in Illinois, resident fashionisto, has emailed in about CR7. Tend to agree.
I notice in the picture above that Cristiano has decided to go with the Alexis Sanchez look with his shorts. Not a good look.
Earlier on Internazionale defeated Roma 2-0, which means United simply need to avoid defeat to finish top of group A. In group B, Manchester City are currently scoreless with Olympiakos after half an hour, Liverpool’s game against Milan kicks-off at 11.30pm BST.
United appear to be sticking with Louis van Gaal’s preferred formation of 3-4-1-2, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young deployed as wing-backs with Juan Mata tucked behind the strikers. Darren Fletcher wears the armband – which may frustrate Wayne Rooney, who appeared quite keen on becoming captain some weeks back. Unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo does not start for Real.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Nacho, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal, Illarramendi, Alonso, Modric, Bale, Isco
Manchester United: De Gea, M Keane, Jones, Evans, Valencia, Herrera, Fletcher, Young, Mata, Rooney, Welbeck
Keeping well? Great. I know, I know it’s hard to get excited about a friendly in a dubiously named tournament three weeks after the World Cup final. But we live off whatever scraps come our way and, as these pre-season kickabouts go, this is a mildly interesting one.
And there’s an additional carrot for United, too, if they get a result because victory for Liverpool, who play Milan a little later in the other group, would set up a meeting between the two on Monday night. If Liverpool fail to win and Man City defeat Olympiakos then there will be a Manchester derby in Miami. And if that doesn’t whet your appetite …
Kick-off is at, er, 9.06pm BST but while you wait why not read Jamie Jackson on how Premier League clubs have proven a hit in USA! USA!! USA!!! this summer. They are expecting 109,000 people at the Big House – the fourth highest attendance in United’s history.