Manchester United closed their pre-season tour of America on a dissonant note by losing 1-0 to Barcelona in what was a pedestrian indicate from Jos Mourinhos outfit
Manchester United closed their pre-season tour of America on a dissonant note by losing this fifth jaunt in what was a pedestrian reveal from Jos Mourinhos outfit.
The manager has serially emphasized makes do not subject and Uniteds time here is all about fitness and squad gelling. Thus he will return home content with the 5 equals that have certainly kick-started that process.
Mourinho was however unhappy at his rearguard. It was an open play, we didnt defend well, he said. Im not happy. But in the second half lots of changes for them and for us, but both teams play for research results we tried to equalise, they tried to keep the ball, owned and protect well so in second half the match was positive.
United are due back in Manchester early on Thursday morning and will touch down with four wins under their belt as thoughts turn to the Uefa Super Cup meeting with Real Madrid in Macedonia on 8 August. Mourinhos side look Vlerenga and Sampdoria in their final warm-ups before the trip-up to Skopje.
As Ernesto Valverde started with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Surez up top, Ivan Rakiti and Sergio Busquets in midfield, and Javier Mascherano and Marcelo as part of his defense, this was the most powerful opposition United faced during their 18 days away.
So after those four previous wins the mission to achieve a clean sweep required what would be Uniteds more impressive victory of the trip.
The challenge began promisingly. Marcus Rashford, operating on the interests of Uniteds 4-2-3-1, hit Romelu Lukaku with a ball that skidded towards the striker as he raced into the region. Lukaku connected but the ball was skied over Jasper Cillessens goal.
From here Barca predominated for most of the half though United had their instants. First up was Neymar who followed a dribble by reaching a shot directly at David De Gea. Next, Neymar fed Messi and he did the same the No1 spilling this time before recovering.
Suarez now became the most recent Barca player to find space between Uniteds lines. When he broke through the attempt this time tested De Gea and he saved well, relinquishing a corner. Messi started far closer when given another chance, the No10 beating De Gea but not the goalkeepers left post.
United met Barcas ultra quick pass-and-go difficult to root. They are not the first and “isnt gonna be” the last to do so. And to their credit when they managed to wrest the ball into their owned and rove forward questions were asked of Valverdes unit.
Rashford and Paul Pogba, in particular, were keen to take the competition to Barca. The latter shaped one buccaneering run down the privilege that stretched the turquoise rearguard and earlier Pogba had grown Carles Alena neatly before blazing at Cillessen, the defender thumping ball away.
Rashford provided Uniteds best minute of the stanza. From its own position on the left he raced toward goal, vanquish Surez and Samuel Umtiti, and at close range smack-dab the projectile at Cillessen, who rebuffed it.
Given Barcas technical superiority, the last thing United craved was to cede the projectile needlessly. Yet they did so by clumsy go and determining, on occasion, to hoof the ball in the air from a goal-kick.
This, as Pep Guardiola argues, often entails it comes back at you promptly. So it was that from a De Gea clearance Neymar was almost instantaneously in on the Spaniard and United were fortunate they did not concede.
Yet this giving away of projectile have all contributed to Barcas winner. This time United lost it near the Catalans field and defense quickly turned into attack. Daley Blinds attempted pass went awry, Barca zipped forward, Surez fed Messi, he wove the ball into Neymars path inside the region, Antonio Valencia hashed a tackle, and the No11 made no mistake.
United saw close to allowing a second before half-time via a similar mix-up. Blind again was culpable, this time for a contaminate that imparted away a free-kick when he downed Messi. The Argentinian took this and flip-flop the ball towards Surez. Victor Lindelof did well to throw his head on the pass but the purposes of the act confused Chris Smalling and United only just escaped.
Bara deserved certain advantages and started the second largest half holding a result they would not capitulate. For Uniteds final 45 minutes Stateside, Mourinho switched the same three players in defence as during the course of its break of the 2-0 win over Manchester City in Houston.
Out ran Lindelof, Blind and Smalling, and in went Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, and Matteo Darmian. Sergio Romero also supplanted De Gea and Marouane Fellaini was on for Michael Carrick.
The good report for United was that the Messi-Surez-Neymar trident was also totally removed. The bad news was proceedings absence their previous stardust. If this killed the high-quality that had been on display, Barca still managed to pulling United around to put Darmian under pressure, the left-back punting the ball into touch.
Andres Iniesta was on for Bara and a genius of a midfielder will then be chagrined at the manner in which one pinpoint pass rebounded off Arda Turan another substitute for momentum to be lost.
To try and pull the equal around Mourinho shaped two more changes on 62 minutes. Andreas Pereira took the anonymous Henrik Mkhitaryans home and Anthony Martial did the same regarding the similarly ineffective Jesse Lingard.
As De Gea had been, Romero was the busiest of the two custodians. The Argentinian was called into action when Paco Alcacer could kill from a few yards and he was able to keep his side only air strikes behind. At the other culminate Pereira twice took aim but could nor beat Cillessen.
At the extinction, Rashford might have nicked an equaliser but this has not been able to ought to have deserved.
Barcelona ( 4-3-3 ): Cillessen; Nelsinho, Umtiti, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Alena; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
Manchester United ( 4-2-3-1 ): De Gea( Romero, ht ); Valencia( Tuanzebe, 84 ), Lindelof( Jones, ht ), Smalling( Bailly, ht ), Blind( Darmian, ht ); Pogba( Fellaini, ht ), Carrick; Rashford, Mkhitaryan( Pereira, 62 ), Lingard( Martial, 62 ); Lukaku.
Yellow: Pogba( 39 ), Fellaini ( 83)
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