Tour 2011: Manchester United 2-1 Barcelona

Nani (17) of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the friendly at FedEX Field in Landover, MD. Manchester United defeated FC Barcelona, 2-1.

By Andy Hyslop

  • Game played in front of 82,000 at FedEx Field
  • Nani and Owen were on the scoresheet for Manchester United

Manchester United face Barcelona at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, the first time the two sides have met since they met in pre-season 2011.

Manchester United Gain Revenge For Champions League Defeat

That game was played in front of a crowd of 81,807 at the FedEx Field, the home of American Football side Washington Redskins. That game came only a few months after Barcelona had beaten Manchester United in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium, that game ended 3-1 to Barcelona. Manchester United got their revenge with a 2-1 victory this time as both teams prepared for the 2011/12 season with tours of the United States.

United’s goals came courtesy of Nani and Michael Owen. Nani got the opening goal after 20 minutes. The goal came as United hit Barcelona on the counter-attack with Welbeck and Nani breaking away, before Welbeck played the ball through to Nani. Who beat the Barcelona offside trap and found himself through on goal, and nicely slotted the ball past Valdes.

Barcelona with Messi, who was given extra time off after representing his county in the Copa America. They also rested several of their regular starters as this was their fourth game in a week. Gerard Pique and Xavi were both given the night off. Barcelona struggled to trouble the Manchester United back-line in the first-half.

Barcelona’s equaliser came 20 minutes from time through Thiago Alcantara. Manchester United’s goalkeeper David De Gea was rooted to the spot as Thiago’s superb effort from 25 yards swerved away from De Gea and rifled into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Just six minutes later Manchester United were back in front, thanks to a goal from ex-Real Madrid Michael Owen. Owen’s goal came as Tom Cleverly intercepted a loose pass before playing Owen who dinked the ball Valdes. Moments later Owen blazed over when presented with an open goal. It didn’t matter in the end though.

Michael Owen celebrates scoring the winner for Manchester United
Michael Owen celebrates scoring the winner with Tom Cleverly

Match Highlights:

How the teams lined up:

Manchester United (4-4-2): De Gea, Rafael (Fabio, 17), Vidic, (Jones, 76) Evans, Evra (Smalling, half-time); Nani, Cleverley, Anderson (Giggs, half -time), Young (Obertan, 62); Rooney (Owen, half-time), Welbeck (Diouf, 77). Subs not used: Lindegaard, Amos, Jones, Ferdinand, Carrick, Park, Berbatov, Macheda.

Barcelona (4-1-4-1): Valdés, Dos Santos (Muniesa, 62), Busquets, Fontàs (Lozano, 73), Abidal (Balliu, 73); Keita; Afellay (Cuenca, 42), Thiago, Iniesta, Pedro (Espinosa, 86); Villa (Carmona, 62). Subs not used: Piqué, Puyol, Xavi, Jeffrén, Pinto, Riverola, Maxwell, Masip.

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