By Andy Hyslop
- Disappointing result and performance in final tour game
- Result highlights gap between United and Europe’s best
- Performance of Darmian only positive to take from this game
Manchester United lost the final game of their pre-season tour of United States. Suffering a 2-0 defeat to Paris St Germain.
Both teams went into this game, knowing a win would guarantee that they win the International Champions Cup. United were looking to make it back-to-back successes in the competition, having beaten Liverpool in the final last year.
The game played in front of a crown 61,351 at Soldier Field in Chicago, with probably three quarters of crowd being Manchester United fans. United just made one change from the team that starting against Barcelona. With Bastian Schweinsteiger starting the game in place of Schneiderlin having missed out against Barcelona due to a slight knock.
Manchester United lost this game to two first-half goals as Matuidi and Ibrahimovic found the net for PSG. The opening goal came on 25 minutes as a long ball over top, chased by Matuidi, caused confusion in United’s backline. With both Jones and Shaw unable to clear the ball, with further confusion caused by De Gea coming off his line and Matuidi poked the ball into an empty net.
PSG doubled the lead on 34 minutes, when Ibrahimovic coolly finished inside the side yard box. Ibrahimovic initially picked up the ball in the midfield before playing a neat one-two with Maxwell. Ibrahimovic made an intelligent run to get onto the end of the return pass from Maxwell. In all honesty though, his run should have been tracked by Schweinsteiger, who I’m sure won’t have to be told this.
Darmian Only Positive For Manchester United
Manchester United won’t take many positives from this match but one of them must surely be the performance of right-back Darmian. The Italian who only joined United days before they left Manchester for the States. Has been impressive in all his appearances in a Manchester United shirt so far. Showing why Louis Van Gaal decided he is the man to challenge Antonio Valencia for the right-back spot at Old Trafford.
He showed his qualities defensively, especially in the second-half when on several occasions he made last ditch clearances to keep the score at 2-0. He also got forward well to support United in attacking areas of the pitch. Also he showed he just as efficient when playing on the left-side of the defence as well. Moving to left-back when Valencia replaced Shaw after 65 minutes.
Manchester United line-up: De Gea (Johnstone 46), Darmian, Jones (Smalling 65), Blind, Shaw (Valencia 65), Carrick (Goss 81), Schweinsteiger (Schneiderlin 46), Mata (Lingard 81), Memphis, Young (Pereira 46), Rooney