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Manchester United 0 Inter Milan 0 (United wins 5-3 on penalties)

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Manchester United’s successful Tour 2014, presented by Aon, continued with a penalty shoot-out victory after Louis van Gaal’s men were held to a goalless draw by Inter Milan.

Ashley Young, Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher all converted from the spot to complete a full set of kicks for the Reds – playing in the new blue third kit for the first time – while Marco Andreolli’s miss for Inter proved pivotal at the FedEx Field, home of NFL legends Washington Redskins.

Van Gaal started with his three senior centre-backs all on the pitch, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones switching to the middle and right respectively, while Jonny Evans retained the left-sided role in which he began the tour against LA Galaxy. Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia took up the wing-back positions, with Ander Herrera and again-captain Darren Fletcher allowing Juan Mata to support Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.

The man who Evans, Jones and Smalling are all striving to replace, Inter’s new no.15 Nemanja Vidic, provided the biggest threat to United’s goal in the early exchanges, albeit not a significant one with both of his headers from corners comfortably clearing Anders Lindegaard’s crossbar. Jones fared better at the other end when his connection with a Mata set-piece forced a save from Samir Handanovic diving low to his left.

Wayne Rooney tried to reprise the goal which unlocked another Italian defence, Roma’s, when he opened up onto his right foot and sent a shot dipping just over the frame but then the game descended into something of a lull, with both sides going through typical pre-season motions.

The crowd were stirred a little when Valencia tracked back in the right wing-back role, all the way to the corner flag, where he dispossessed Dodo in robust but fair fashion. The opponent gesticulated in vain for a foul while the fans closest to the action jeered, whistled and briefly chorused “United, United” in response.

Mata began to impose himself on the proceedings as the half wore down, firstly interchanging well with Rooney and just missing out on the final return ball when an Inter defender intervened. Then the livewire Spaniard created his own space and raked a shot narrowly wide of the right-hand post, close enough to spur Handanovic into an insurance dive. At the other end, Jones flung himself in front of a snapshot from Mauro Icardi to preserve Lindegaard’s majority status as a spectator.

Van Gaal made the now-routine eight changes at the interval, most notably giving Wilfried Zaha his first run-out of the tour and bringing on Luke Shaw for a work-out at wing-back, after discussing his lack of fitness 24 hours previously. The others to come on were David De Gea in goal, Michael Keane, Tyler Blackett, Tom Cleverley, Nani and, in the Mata role, Shinji Kagawa. Only Evans, Fletcher and Young remained on the pitch in pursuit of a full 90 minutes.

Evans and Fletcher combined well on the left as United took the game to Inter in the second period but, with Vidic marshalling the Inter defence and reading the Reds’ ploys like a professor, Zaha in particular cut a frustrated figure. In one moment, the former Old Trafford stalwart watched as two of his team-mates threatened to be left behind by Zaha’s turn of pace and then stepped in with perfect timing to sweep the ball behind for a corner.

Vidic deserved the applause he received around the arena as he departed the field in the 72nd minute with Inter’s clean sheet intact, although there was a close shave when Tom Cleverley drilled a rising shot into the pack of mostly red shirts amassed behind the goal.

With the Serbian off, United sensed an opportunity and Nani was denied by Handanovic’s fine save, with Kagawa’s effort on the rebound blocked. Zaha appealed for a penalty moments later but, even though thousands of fans agreed with him, the referee Edvin Jurisevic took a different view and the deadlock remained. It was a similar story when Cleverley went down with the official stubbornly standing his ground.

The biggest cheer of the night so far came when Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, seemingly popular throughout the United States, entered the fray for the final quarter of an hour. Nani, a half-time substitute, was substituted.

De Gea, like Lindegaard, had little to do in his 45 minutes on the field, although he did provide one reminder of his athleticism when he thrust out his right hand to turn an Inter free-kick over the bar. Jurisevic was by now becoming the central character but the referee endeared himself to the United fans, having largely annoyed them, when he showed the first yellow card of the game to Marco Andreolli.

There was more angst for the dynamic Zaha when he flashed a shot into the side-netting in the final minute of normal time and so off to penalty kicks we went, with Inter already victorious by this method in their ICC opener against Real Madrid. This time the Italians would not prosper and United remained on course to reach the final in Miami after winning the shoot-out 5-3, much to the delight of the majority in the crowd of 61,238.

Preview: United v Inter Milan

Do your homework on the opposition ahead of United’s next International Champions Cup match in Washington DC…

The Opposition FC Internazionale Milano (or just Inter) are one of Italy’s premier teams dating back to 1908 when the team started after an Italian/Swiss-led consortium became disgruntled at the domination of Italians playing for neighbours AC Milan. So Inter formed and established a policy of attracting players from foreign shores, as well as Italians. The Nerazzuri have won 18 Scudetti and three European Cups.

Previous Meetings United have faced Inter on four previous occasions, all in the Champions League. The first tie, back in 1999, featured a 2-0 win at Old Trafford that was followed by a 1-1 draw at the San Siro – a game in which Paul Scholes famously scored a crucial away goal. More recently, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Reds faced off against Jose Mourinho’s men in 2009, once again emerging victorious via the means of a 2-0 home win after a first leg stalemate.

Head Coach Walter Mazzarri is the man currently in the Inter hot-seat. The Italian was unveiled as boss in May 2013 after the sacking of Andrea Stramaccioni and will face United for the very first time during Tour 2014.

Star Man United have so far scored 10 goals in just two matches, showcasing an attacking threat that will be needed to get past former Reds captain Nemanja Vidic, who joined Inter earlier this summer. The Serbian claimed the Man of the Match award on his debut against Real Madrid and will no doubt hope to star against his former club.

Last Season Inter enjoyed a decent season in Serie A but missed out on a Champions League spot due to their fifth place finish, a staggering 42 points behind champions Juventus.

Did you know? Inter are the only Italian club never relegated from Serie A.

United 3 Roma 2

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Manchester United made a winning start to the International Champions Cup with an entertaining victory over AS Roma in Denver.

All three of the Reds’ goals at the Sports Authority Field came in the first half; Wayne Rooney netted twice to make it four goals in two games on tour, sandwiching a Juan Mata effort.

Roma substitute Miralem Pjanic pulled one back after the break with a spectacular strike from well inside his own half, and Francesco Totti added a late penalty, but United held out for a satisfactory three points in this pre-season tournament.

While the Italians posed a much stiffer challenge than LA Galaxy had three days earlier, United were still good value for the win, despite Roma’s second-half rally.

United again lined up in a 3-4-1-2, with Tyler Blackett, the only Red to play 90 minutes, and Reece James, who scored twice against the Galaxy, starting in defence and on the left wing respectively. Tom Cleverley was captain before being replaced with 20 minutes left.

Inside 80 seconds, Roma forward Mattia Destro lobbed Sam Johnstone after being played through on goal, but the ball landed inside the six-yard box and bounced inches over the bar. Soon after, Leandro Paredes sidefooted over when well placed just outside the box as Roma started stronger.

United’s first opening came in the 17th minute, when Danny Welbeck blocked goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis’ attempted clearance on the byline, but his subsequent cross to fellow striker Rooney was cut out.

In soaring early afternoon temperatures, which made for a slow-paced game, manager Louis van Gaal’s request for a two-minute drinks break was granted midway through the first half.

Rooney provided a moment of magic to put the Reds ahead nine minutes before the interval. Latching onto Mata’s pass on the edge of the ‘D’, the frontman arced a wonderful shot into the top-left corner.

And Rooney returned the favour three minutes later with a superb ball over the top from the halfway line, which Mata brought down expertly before lobbing De Sanctis.

Just before the break, Phil Jones motored forward and played the ball to Ander Herrera, whose first-time lay-off into Welbeck’s path resulted in the forward being felled by Urby Emanuelson inside the box. Rooney stepped up to send De Sanctis the wrong way.

Will Keane, one of nine United changes at the break, had a penalty appeal turned down five minutes into the second period after being seemingly brought down inside the box.

Alessandro Florenzi flashed a volley wide soon after as Roma sought to get back into the game, but the Reds had seemingly asserted control in energy-sapping conditions.

Van Gaal took advantage of a second water break to bring on Javier Hernandez – to a rapturous reception from the American crowd – for Cleverley, who handed the skipper’s armband to Chris Smalling.

Roma weren’t looking likely to get on the scoresheet before Pjanic spotted Ben Amos off his line and executed a brilliant, audacious lob from all of 60 yards. Amos then had to scramble to tip a Leandro Castan overhead kick onto his post.

Will Keane came within a whisker of scoring a fourth United goal when Ashley Young’s cross was nicked off the striker’s toes, before Totti converted from the spot after Michael Keane had handled the ball inside the box.

It resulted in a nervy final few minutes but United resisted further pressure to claim the spoils.

The Reds’ next game in the competition is against Inter Milan in Washington DC on Tuesday (29 July). The group also contains Real Madrid, who face the Reds in Michigan on 2 August.

Report: LA Galaxy 0 Manchester United 7

Manchester United kicked off the new era under Louis van Gaal with a 7-0 hammering of LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to claim victory in the Chevrolet Cup.

The Reds were deserved winners on the night thanks to braces from Wayne Rooney, youngster Reece James and Ashley Young and a fine opening strike from Danny Welbeck.

Van Gaal picked a strong starting XI for his first match in charge, the opening game of Tour 2014 presented by Aon, and opted for a tried and tested formula from his time with the Netherlands of three centre-backs with Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones. Antonio Valencia and debutant Luke Shaw played the roles of wing-backs. Captain for the night Darren Fletcher sat in midfield alongside debutant Ander Herrera and a slightly advanced Juan Mata, with Rooney and Welbeck ahead of them up front to complete a 3-5-2 formation.

The Reds came flying out of the blocks with Herrera and Welbeck both testing goalkeeper Jaime Penedo inside eight minutes. Herrera saw his dipping shot well tipped over, before Penedo saved smartly from Welbeck.

At the other end, David De Gea thwarted Gyasi Zardes, before the Reds made the breakthrough on 13 minutes. Mata made his way forward but was up-ended. The referee waved play on allowing Welbeck to latch on to the ball and he fired an excellent 25-yard strike in off the post.

The Reds doubled the advantage on 42 minutes when AJ Delagarza was rightly punished for a deliberate handball which stopped Valencia’s right-wing cross and Rooney converted with aplomb from the spot.

The victory was all but sealed in first-half injury-time when Herrera found Welbeck on the right. His low centre was completely missed by Tommy Meyer allowing Rooney free licence to bundle the ball home from close range.

Wholesale changes followed at the break with nine substitutions for the Reds and four for the Galaxy. One of United’s changes included James, who made his mark on 62 minutes. Young, another second-half addition, received the ball down the right and his pin-point cross picked out James to slide home a lovely left-foot finish into the corner.

Even with Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan in their ranks, Galaxy, currently in the middle of the MLS season, offered little in attack allowing the Reds to stay in cruise control for the majority of the second period.

The impressive Herrera had a chance to mark his first-team bow with a goal but his header from a Rafael cross was straight at Penedo. Shinji Kagawa flashed a curling effort just wide as we entered the final 10 minutes, before James made it five on 84 minutes with a superb finish. In the build-up Herrera had slotted a fine pass through to Young whose shot was saved by Penedo, but the ball dropped to James who coolly floated the ball into the empty net.

Young netted twice in quick succession in the final stages with two excellent finishes to complete a great night’s work for van Gaal and his men and the display and result offers plenty of positives. Next stop for United now is Denver where AS Roma lie in wait.

Woodward: The fans can expect more summer signings

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Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told fans to “watch this space” as he works with manager Louis van Gaal on making more summer signings.

Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have already joined the Reds and Woodward revealed funds are available for the club to bring in more new faces.

But he also admits some players could be on their way out of Old Trafford as van Gaal moulds his new squad over the coming weeks.

“We’ve been working with Louis over several weeks with regards to targets and we’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets,” Woodward told MUTV‘s Stewart Gardner in Los Angeles.

“We are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that. I hope [fans] will see the direction we’re heading in with the new manager, coaching staff and players, and a commitment to do what it takes to get back to the top.

“We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available. Louis is assessing what’s going on and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space.”

Asked if other players could be leaving United, Woodward added: “Yes, I think so. The manager makes that decision. A few players have already gone and there may well be a few others.

“It’s also worth commenting that we’re not in Europe this year, so there are fewer games and Louis may take the view that he wants a tighter squad to bed in.

“If you do the analysis over the last year, Liverpool performed extremely well with a smaller number of players, but that’s a decision for the manager.”

While reluctant to set a target for the 2014/15 campaign, Woodward is determined United will return to Europe and challenge for trophies again sooner rather than later.

“We’re a club that absolutely should be in the Champions League,” he said. “That’s what our fans want, that’s what our players want and that’s what every member of staff wants.

“We have to strive to win. We’re not here to be an also-ran; we’re here to win trophies to add to that huge, incredible list that we’ve won over many years.”

Van Gaal could bring in more new faces

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Louis van Gaal has hinted that he could bring more new faces into his Manchester United squad after assessing the current players, and that he will look to find roles for Paul Scholes and Phil Neville alongside Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs in his coaching set-up.

Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw joined the club while the new manager was guiding the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup, but van Gaal has declared that more could follow once he has taken a more in-depth look at his new charges in the coming weeks.

“My method is always the same. I want to look at the players now, the present players,” said the boss at Thursday’s unveiling press conference. “Of course I know how the players play, but I don’t know the players under my coaching. In the first three or four weeks I want to see what they can do. Then maybe I will buy other players.

“The players we have bought – Shaw and Herrera – they were already on the list. I gave my approval because I like them. First I want to see the players performing under my philosophy and how quickly they can pick up this philosophy. Now, I haven’t worked with most of them so we have to wait and see. It’s very important there’s a ‘click’ between players and the manager.”

Van Gaal has already brought Albert Stuivenberg, Marcel Bout and Frans Hoek with him as part of his backroom team. When asked about roles for United legends Butt, Neville and Scholes, he replied:

“Nicky Butt is already assisting us, and we shall find a role for Paul Scholes and also for Phil Neville, I

believe. That’s what we want. But it has to also be possible and we have to look at that. We have to adapt to the qualities of these people. It’s not an easy job. We have to speak personally with them – that’s why we have to wait and see.”

The Dutchman has also renewed acquaintances with Sir Alex Ferguson, with the two having crossed paths in competition and away from the pitch down the years.

“Sir Alex called to congratulate me and we have spoken about getting a coffee or to eat with each other. We were always invited to UEFA forums and we would always have a glass of wine. We know each other very well. I shall drink coffee and wine with him – maybe the best wine I can imagine.

“Sir Alex also had a strong philosophy, and it was always affirming that because he won a lot of titles. I hope I can do that.”

Van Gaal puts up to 10 stars up for sale

United have amazingly put ALL these 10 players up for sale...

Louis van Gaal is already hard at work at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Louis van Gaal has wasted no time in swinging the axe at Manchester United after reportedly putting 10 first-team players up for sale.

Van Gaal officially started work at Old Trafford yesterday following the expiry of his contract with the Dutch national team – and he’s already started overhauling his squad.

According to the Mirror, he has told 10 players they are free to depart the club this summer if a suitable offer arrives.

Patrice Evra will be the first out of the exit door with Juventus close to finalising a switch for the player, while flop winger Bebe has been given permission to speak to Benfica. 

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These are just three of the 10 players United want to sell (Picture: Getty)

Wingers Ashley Young and Luis Nani have all been told they are free to go, along with the likes of Tom Cleverley, Nick Powell and Anderson.

They lead the list, but surprises include Marouane Fellaini, who only arrived from Everton last summer, striker Javier Hernandez and Wilfried Zaha.

United have already signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw is big money deals but are expected to add at least five new players to their squad.

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