Manchester United Stroll To Victory Over LA Galaxy

Posted: July 16, 2017 in Football, Manchester United, MLS, Opinion


Rising at 4.00am to watch the first game of Manchester United’s latest jaunt to the States was the easy part. Coming to terms with the depressingly familiar team selection was the hard part.

Players who should be long gone were in the starting line up. Hopefully this was a temporary measure and they were only there to advertise themselves to other watching coaches or to protect, as far as is possible, the better players still to appear.

Jones and Smalling began the game and, barring injuries and suspension, they will not be the first choice partnership when the serious stuff begins. Jones is worth a place in the squad, Smalling isn’t.

Valencia and Blind did OK in the two full back positions and, in front of them, Mata and Herrera were positive and productive.

Fellaini lumbered around the pitch like a gorilla on heat and managed to score a well taken goal which was one of three United managed in the first half.

The other two were scored by Marcus Rashford who was restored to the striker’s role for the first period and played very well.

So Rashford looked sharp, Lingard looked dopey as though he hasn’t yet managed to clear his head of all the interviews, public appearances and generally idiotic behaviour he is far too often responsible for and David de Gea had absolutely nothing to do.

At half time United led comfortably 3-0.

The second half saw the usual myriad of changes as Pereira, Darmian, the other Pereira, Pogba, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Martial, Lukaku, Lindelof and Mkhitaryan replaced the other lot.

LA were much improved and had obviously had a few words in the dressing room as they were quicker to the challenge and were keeping possession a lot more comfortably than in the first period. This didn’t prevent them going a further goal behind when Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored, followed, not too much later, by another goal, this time from Martial.

All of the players Lukaku was supposedly replacing were scoring and he was, in truth, finding it difficult to find the net. He had a couple of half chances which he put wide but his overall hold-up play and distribution was quite good considering that this was his first “competitive” game with bis new team mates.

The other new recruit, Victor Lindelof, looked assured and the fact that LA scored two late goals could not be attributed to his defending, on the contrary, the rest of the defence went to sleep on both occasions.

In the 84th minute, Mourinho made his twelfth substitution when Demi Mitchell replaced Fosu-Mensah but there was too little time left to make any great impact.

This was no more than a training exercise both for LA Galaxy and Manchester United but it will have done the United players some good to have a runout against half decent opposition and gone some way to building up their match fitness for bigger games to come.

  1. REdM says:

    Mkhitaryan still doesn’t convince me. He drift out the game for much too long periods.


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