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United make a winning start to the 2011 US Tour against New England, with a new kit and a new player…

Match Report – New England Revolution 1-4 Manchester United

Competition: Herbalife World Football Challenge (Friendly)
Kick-Off & Date: 8pm, Wednesday, 14th July 2011
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts, US (Away)
Attendance: 51,523

Manchester United began their pre-season summer tour of The United States with a bang, as over 50,000 enthusiastic soccer fans watched the Premier League Champions beat New England Revolution 4-1 at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Ashley Young got his United career off to a flying start, but it was Michael Owen, Federico ‘Kiko’ Macheda and Ji-Sung Park who were on the scoresheet. Abdoulie Mansally scored one in reply.

Ash Young makes winning debut
Ash Young lined-out on the left in his debut for The Red Devils, while Anders Lindegaard started in goal. Nemanja Vidic captained the side, which included a backline of Rafael Da Silva, Jonny Evans and Fabio Da Silva. Luis Nani supported Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov up-front, as Michael Carrick and Oliveira Anderson were placed in midfield. United looked sharp sporting their new home kit, and there football wasn’t too far off that either. 

After a mix-up with the Adidas footballs, Dimitar Berbatov was unlucky not to have tested New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis after some good interplay with Wayne Rooney. Ashley Young sent in nothing but inviting crosses, displaying his true attacking form. Running at players, Young made a lot of ground down the left flank, and it was a mystery how he went without an assist to his name in the opening stages.

With Rooney attempting a bicycle-kick, Berbatov tried his luck from close range. However, both efforts failed to hit the back of the net. That was until the 2nd half introduction of Rio Ferdinand, Federico Macheda and Michael Owen. Within 5 minutes, Anderson, Nani and Carrick combined to gift Owen a one-on-one with the goalie. He was never going to miss, and didn’t. Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2011 US Tour was off to a scoring start…

Michael Owen opens United’s account in America with 50 minutes on the clock

With Owen approaching 32 by the end of the year, the former England International striker is keen to show the boss what he can do, with speculation over his future at Old Trafford this summer building to a climax by the end of July. Just 2 minutes later, and fellow substitute Kiko Macheda found himself putting United 2-0 up. Some great movement from Carrick freed-up Macheda, who received the ball from the midfielder to slide into the back of the Revs’ net.

Steve Nichol’s side offered little or nothing, with forward and club captain Shalrie Joseph wasting New England’s best chances. Anders Lindegaard was looking alert in-goal, but Revolution managed to muster a goal in the 56th minute.

Referee Mark Geiger awarded the Boston side a dodgy free-kick after Abdoulie Mansally ran into Rio. The resulting dead ball attempt by Benny Feilhaber took a massive deflection off Mansally, wrong-footing Lindegaard. There was nothing United could have done about the freakish goal, but the scoreline made a game of the occasion, and if it’s one thing we know about Americans and their sports… They love the scoring. For or against !
Rio Ferdinand congratulates Kiko Macheda on his first goal in the second half
Anders Lindegaard impressed, but couldn’t prevent New England’s quirky 56th minute goal

The home side’s fightback was short-lived, as United regained their 2-goal advantage from a short corner. Rafael collected the ball from the corner flag and sent in a cross that skipped past everyone in the box. Except Macheda. The 19-year-old Italian striker calmly stroked the ball into the New England goals. Gabriel Obertan entered the fray for Ashley Young, while Ryan Giggs, Mame Diouf and Ji-Sung Park also arrived.

Kiko went in search of a hat-trick, while Diouf also tested the goalkeeper. With 10 minutes to go, Gabby Obertan put his skills on show, before playing the ball into the box to Park. The South Korean winger exchanged passes with Giggsy, before deftly chipping the ball over sub shot-stopper Bobby Shuttleworth. It was a fantastic piece of football, as the crowd rose to their feet in adulation of the biggest club on earth at the Gillette Stadium. 

Revolution put their all into the game, and were respected by United for their presence. But yet again the sheer class of even second-choice footballers shines through for the Premier League Champions, flattering the MLS Eastern Conference team by 4-1. It was the start Sir Alex wanted to the tour, with Ashley Young impressing and no fresh injuries reported. In seven days’ time it’s Seattle Sounders after a six-hour flight across The States on Thursday…
Kiko puts The Red Devils 3-1 up on the hour mark
Ji-Sung Park chips over Bobby Shuttleworth for United’s fourth against The Revs. Game over…

United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Rafael Da Silva, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic (Rio Ferdinand ’46), Fabio Da Silva, Luis Nani (Ryan Giggs ’67), Michael Carrick (Ji-Sung Park ’75), Oliveira Anderson (Mame Diouf ’75), Ashley Young (Gabriel Obertan ’67), Wayne Rooney (Michael Owen ’46), Dimitar Berbatov (Federico Macheda ’46).

Goals: Owen ’50, Macheda ’54, ’61, Park ’80

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Thu, 14 Jul 2011 5:43:54 am



Sean 123 Mufc

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 9:52:17 am

a shite a shite fergie said were not in for Sneijder whats going to happen i feel sick



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:17:39 am

What when did he say that


Man U fan

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:42:33 am

@Sean – is it the end of it ??


Sean 123 Mufc

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:52:16 am

well this what fergie said;

i keep reading about this”’ there is nothing in this” Inter do not want to sale him.
after watching a few times i think he hideing itin case it does come of he did not realy rule out as many fans think he has ;all he is saying is a deal is not done ; and not for sale means that talks are ungoing so what fergie realy said was talks are ungoing but the deal is way of yet that whay he is saying but he cant say anything until deal is done



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:03:56 am

I told you guys Nasri deal is done but won’t announce until arsenal finish touring


True Red

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:07:29 am

Federico Macheda Looks Set to Battle Dimitar Berbatov to be the 3rd choice Striker for fergie !

Cleverley is the next big thing , i’m sure he will challenge the likes of carrick and anderson in the mid field.

Surprisingly , Gabriel Obertan looks a changed man , he may well be handed some opportunity this season , a final one i guess !


Sean 123 Mufc

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:11:17 am

the interview about Sneijder in full




Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:11:43 am

Don’t know what’s going on papers round the world stating -deal done 4yr contract, 190k a week, plus add ons, to b finalised in the next 48hrs- Sun, Mail, independent, talkSPORT some itialian paper it’s the wierdest transfer story in years it’s basically he’s wandering round old Trafford with a utd jersey on and nobody has seen him- it’s kinda like the Ronaldhino story few years ago- he was signed inthe bag, will appear at OT with jersey on then signed for Barca- I wish we could find out truth- but I’d say next 36 hrs tell a lot if not today



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:18:05 am

Hes not coming. Its all just roumours so deal with it


Singing is coming

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:41:07 am

Ferguson is playing the media game. So don´t always belive what he is saying. I think he is making a smoke screen to sing somebody maybe sneijder, mordic or some joker card.



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:46:57 am

Yeah all he said was inter said he wasnt 4 sale,not we r not in 4 him, he wants him alright I think a statement one way r the other will b made over the next 24 hrs and I think it will b good news


Sean 123 Mufc

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:47:14 am

it is on twitter that fergie does not want Sneijder on the papers until the deal is done ; that is all so people clam down rember he said we have not mad bid for Berbatoc in 2008 he was made at the media for that at the end we signed same will happen here


Sean 123 Mufc

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:48:15 am




Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:38:48 pm

Goodness, I just realised Macheda is only 19! Well, the young ones may just shine this coming season..Fabio, Obertan, Macheda, Wellbeck, Cleverly, and SAF mentioned he wanted to bring proba to the tour? Also there are Phil Jones, Smailing, Morrison… hence even if we didn’t get anymore players, its okie.



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 1:52:24 pm

Josh!!! Leave the lad alone!!!!!


True Red

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 2:13:12 pm

yeah same here , our young guns are doing great , the best bunch of youngsters in england rite now , they will shine this coming season !


Devil News;

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 2:34:14 pm

Manchester United and Inter agree £35.2m fee for Wesley Sneijder as… Goal.com 14:01

they did break news yesterday that Gill was in Milan watch the space


Devil News

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 2:43:07 pm

Graeme Bailey
Ferguson has played down reports deal for Sneijder is imminent but there are even more claims today that deal could be struck by the weekend he said that like a minute ago

this saga will it ever be over



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 3:23:44 pm

Fergie interview done before last nights game and before latest reports of the deal being close to being done. The journalist world all think it is going to happen. Getting annoying now, reminds me of the Ronaldinho saga a few years ago



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 3:28:24 pm

Would you all just chillout. It’ll happen, but with multi million pound deals these things take time. Patience is a virtue



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 3:38:21 pm

Love the Lindegaard picture, he thought, “what the hell I’ll goalkeep with my eyes closed”



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 5:01:05 pm

Anyone feel we could play Chicharito n Berba up top with rooney behind playing the ‘sneijder role’. Why wouldnt that work? If sneijder and inter are being stubborn, forget it.



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 5:17:56 pm

Snijder move of he not cmin all newspaper talk is bullshit as saf said but in better words


True Red

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 5:39:47 pm

I like the picture with Macheda , scoring the third goal , that guy truly has an eye for goal , the next “italian hit-man”……and just noticed , he’s looking a nit similar like Ronaldo…lol !



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 5:45:11 pm

says on bbc text that utd’have never been pursuing sneijder’,looks as though its again like last summer with ozil which never happened,hope i’m wrong but don’t think utd will push the boat for wes,thats why if we reach champs league final against barca fergie might end up with a long face again,sorry to say,we have no quality in midfield.


Sparky nz

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 6:23:20 pm

No sniejder no chance



Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:10:29 pm

we don’t hav quality fletcher carrick Anderson gibson aren’t good enuf poor players. I’d sell all these personally n get the sneijder deal done and finished then lassana diarra and nasri


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