Manchester United has beaten Champions League winners Real Madrid 3-1 in front of the largest soccer viewing crowd in American Soccer history (109,318). The majority of the action was featured in the first half thanks to two goals by Ashley Young (One of which appeared to be scored on a header by Wayne Rooney, but the ball actually missed Rooney and went far post) and it was another good showing from United in this new formation.
Ashley Young, a man who United fans have demanded his exodus in the past, looks to have found his role in this new role in this 5-3-2 formation as the wing back on the left hand side, doing defending as well as being able to come up and attack from the wing behind the midfield. It looks like Young might stay at United if he keeps on with his current role, as it’s been doing him well.
For Madrid, they obviously have their sites set on the upcoming La Liga season as it was a rather lethargic game from them, with the only goal for Los Blancos coming from Gareth Bale on a penalty. This record crowd also erupted as Cristiano Ronaldo was subbed on late in the game much to the surprise of everyone as Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said that Ronaldo wouldn’t be playing in the game against his former club, but ended up putting him in late in the game. Cristiano didn’t get the chance to make the impact he would’ve liked, but did get his stepovers and theatrics in.
Manchester United are on their way to the Guinness International Champions Cup final against Liverpool, so it will not fail to disappoint as it will be North-West Derby in the final. United has been very impressive so far this preseason, looking like the same team every week. Unlike last season where you didn’t know if United was going to put in 5 crosses or 70 crosses each week, or what line-up was going to take the field. This was a good showing from United to beat the CL champions and in good fashion, 2 goals for Young, and a goal from Hernandez in the second half.
Final Attendance 109,318 (American record for Soccer)
Goals: Man Utd: Young (20′, 36) Hernandez (79′) Real Madrid: Bale (PEN, 26′)
Man Of The Match: Ashley Young (Man United)