By Andy Hyslop
- Manchester United maintained 100% record in pre-season
- Memphis scores his first goal since arriving at Old Trafford
- Pereira gets his first goal in the first-team
- Van Gaal had mixed feelings about his sides performance
Manchester United continued their pre-season tour of the United States with a 3-1 win over MLS side San Jose Earthquakes. The win kept up United’s 100% record on the tour and kept up their hopes of retaining the International Champions Cup.
Manchester United’s goals came through Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, scoring his first goal in a Manchester United and Andrea Pereira, scoring his first goal in the first-team. The game was played San Jose’s brand new Avaya Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,000.
Manchester United again gave 45 minutes to the majority of their players, with only goalkeeper Sam Johnstone playing the full game. Due to minor injuries to fellow goalkeepers David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard. Manager Louis Van Gaal started with the same eleven that played the first half against Club America.
In the first-half we saw Manchester United taking control of the game after a pretty even first 20 minute, which saw neither team creating. Manchester United did though start creating more chances once they took control of the half. With Mata hitting the side netting after a Memphis shot had been parried by the San Jose goalkeeper, David Bingham.
Mata eventually gave United the lead on 32 minutes, as they countered on San Jose through firstly Rooney, who played the ball out left to Young. Young then layed the ball into the path of Mata just outside the area. Mata clipped a ball into the area that evaded everyone before hitting the post and rolling into the empty net.
Four minutes later Manchester United were 2-0 up through Memphis first goal for club. Rooney originally had the ball but couldn’t get past the San Jose defender, pressurising him into a backpass. Which Memphis intercepted and calmly slotted home. United looked like they were going to go in 2-0 up at half-time. The MLS side though hit back on 42 minutes through Fatai Alashe, with a low sliding finish after good work down the right from Shea Salinas.
Both teams made numerous changes at half-time, with United fielding the same eleven that played the second-half against Club America except for Johnstone as he played the full 90 minutes. Manchester United made a slight tactical change from the Club America game. With Januzaj and Pereira swapping positions. Meaning Januzaj played on the left and Pereira played more centrally in the No.10 role behind Wilson.
The changes on both sides meant for a disjointed second-half, with neither team creating too much in front of goal. In fact the only goalscoring opportunity came when Pereira found the back of the net for the first time in the Manchester United first-team. The goal came some neat play between Herrera and Lingard down the right-hand side. The pair played a one-two before Lingard played a cross into the area, which was met by Pereira, who headed the ball back across the goalkeeper.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was both pleased and disappointed with his side’s performance in the game. He was pleased the performance in the first half. Stating the players performed how he wanted in the defensive areas, whilst also create chances.
Whilst in the second-half he was less than pleased with his side’s inability to keep hold of the ball. The only bright spot of the second-half for Van Gaal was the performance of goalscorer Pereira.
The first half I was satisfied,” the boss told reporters. “The players have performed what we wanted in the defensive organisation and they have created a lot of chances – 10 chances – and they scored two goals so I was satisfied. You can always be better but I was satisfied.
In the second half, we played very badly, with a lot of ball losses, and the only highlight was the goal from Pereira. We did not give many chances away but we gave possibilities away. There was always a threat and that was not necessary. Our positions in midfield were not as good as the first half.
Manchester United first-half line-up: Johnstone, Darmian, Jones, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Young, Rooney
Manchester United second-half line-up: Johnstone, McNair, Smalling, Evans, Blackett, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Lingard, Pereira, Januzaj, Wilson
Next pre-season fixture: Barcelona – Levi Stadium, Santa Clara – Saturday 25 July