Thursday 24 July 2014
Louis van Gaal said that he was delighted with the way his players had adapted to his new splaying system after his reign at Manchester United began with an emphatic victory over LA Galaxy before 80,000 spectators at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena.
The 13-time Barclays Premier League champions ran out comfortable winners against a side featuring former Tottenham Hotspur forward Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, once of Everton, thanks to double-strikes from Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Academy graduate Reece James and a fine opening goal by Danny Welbeck.
"With such a result you get confidence"
Louis van Gaal
Van Gaal picked a strong starting XI which was deployed in a 3-5-2 formation featuring Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones protecting David De Gea, with Antonio Valencia and summer signing Luke Shaw as wing-backs. There was also a debut in midfield for Ander Herrera, who shone on his first outing, alongside captain for the night Darren Fletcher and Juan Mata, in a more advanced role.
Rooney and Welbeck dovetailed well up front, with the latter opening the scoring with a 25-yard strike in off the post on 13 minutes and Rooney scoring from the spot and from close range before the interval.
Van Gaal made nine substitutions at half-time, with James taking full advantage of his first-team opportunity with two goals before fellow half-time substitute Young followed suit with a late brace, and the Dutchman was clearly satisfied with his team's display.
"It is fantastic how they have performed today," Van Gaal told www.manutd.com. "When you see us train, you can expect something but not 7-0. It was a surprise, but they were beautiful goals and beautiful attacks.
"The result always matters. With such a result you get confidence. We introduced a new system and played twice on the training pitch, 11 v 11. It is not very much, but the boys are willing to pick up the information.
"When I see my team playing a new system, it is better to win 7-0 than to lose because the players will then doubt the system. But now I don’t have that problem."
Man Utd first-half XI: David de Gea; Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans; Luke Shaw, Darren Fletcher, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia; Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck
Man Utd second-half XI: Anders Lingaard; Rafael, Tyler Blackett, Michael Keane; Nani, Darren Fletcher, Ander Herrera, Reece James; Luke Young; Shinji Kagawa
Goals: Welbeck, Rooney 2, James 2, Young 2
Manchester City got their US tour off to a winning start with a comfortable victory over MLS champions Sporting Kansas City.
The Barclays Premier League champions got off to the best possible start by opening the scoring with only two minutes on the clock, through Argentinian midfielder Bruno Zuculini's 20-yard strike.
The hosts equalised through CJ Sapong but Dedryck Boyata restored the visitors' lead on the stroke of half-time and, after a string of fine saves by goalkeeper Willy Caballero, Aleksandar Kolarov converted a penalty, following a foul on Scott Sinclair, and Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho, who has been training with City over the past few weeks, finished off Jesus Navas' cross in the dying moments.
Manchester City: Willy Caballero, Micah Richards (Gael Clichy, 46), Dedryck Boyata, Karim Rekik (Matija Nastasic, 75), Aleksandar Kolarov; Jesus Navas, Fernando (Javi Garcia, 65), Bruno Zuculini (Emyr Huws,75), Scott Sinclair (Greg Leigh, 89), Kelechi Iheanacho (Jason Denayer 92+), Stevan Jovetic (John Guidetti 65).
Goals: Zuculini, Boyata, Kolarov, Iheanacho
Liverpool succumbed to a late goal by Marco Borriello as their United States got under way with a narrow defeat at Fenway Park, where Fabio Borini suffered a shoulder injury.
It was a match preceded by a moving tribute to the Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough, with fans at the Boston Red Sox's stadium observing a minute's silence while 96 red balloons were released into the Massachusetts sky.
"The X-ray said it's just bruising to keep Borini out for a few days so thankfully there is no fracture or break"
The Reds suffered an early blow when striker Borini, playing against his former side, left the field with a shoulder injury, and chances were at a premium thereafter, although Rickie Lambert did threaten for his boyhood club, while Francesco Totti shot wide at the other end after being set up by the recent signing from Chelsea Ashley Cole.
Roma almost produced a late winner when Antonio Sanabria unleashed a low effort towards the bottom corner, which Brad Jones was able to thwart with a one-handed save. But, from the resulting corner, Borriello, the former West Ham United striker, steered a deflected shot in off Daniel Agger to secure a last-gasp win for the Giallorossi.
"It's the second time we've been here and it was a great atmosphere," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. "The supporters gave us great encouragement and made it a really good game.
"It was a game between two Champions League teams, two teams at a good level of pre-season and two sets of committed players."
Rodgers also moved to allay fears over the injury to Borini. "It's not as bad as first thought," he said. "He has had issues with the shoulder before. The X-ray said it's just bruising to keep him out for a few days so thankfully there is no fracture or break. He will miss a few days training and won't train for the remainder of the trip here in Boston. He'll be available again in a few days."
Liverpool: Brad Jones, Martin Kelly (Conor Coady, 65), Martin Skrtel, Sebastian Coates (Daniel Agger, 61), Jose Enrique (Jack Robinson, 46), Lucas, Joe Allen (Jordan Henderson, 77), Coutinho, Fabio Borini (Emre Can, 12), Rickie Lambert (Kristoffer Peterson, 61), Jordan Ibe (Suso, 77).
Andros Townsend scored the winning goal after Toronto FC had fought back from conceding two Erik Lamela goals in a five-goal thriller at a sold-out BMO Field.
In Spurs' second match of their US and Canadian tour Mauricio Pochettino's side dominated the first period with the attacking quartet of Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Aaron Lennon and Roberto Soldado causing no end of problems for the Toronto defence.
Lamela and Lennon both had good chances to open the scoring before the Argentinian claimed his first after 16 minutes, following a clever dummy by Soldado. His second arrived five minutes before half-time after he started and finished a sweeping move involving Lennon and Soldado.
However, Toronto, featuring former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, battled back after the break with Andrew Wiedeman and Jordan Hamilton pegging back the visitors, until Townsend came off the bench to curl in the winner with five minutes to go.
Spurs first-half XI: Brad Friedel; Kyle Naughton, Younes Kaboul, Milos Veljkovic, Ben Davies; Etienne Capoue, Ryan Mason; Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Aaron Lennon; Roberto Soldado.
Spurs first-half XI: Friedel; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, Zeki Fryers, Danny Rose; Tom Carroll, Lewis Holtby; Andros Townsend, Cristian Ceballos, Iago Falque; Harry Kane.
Goals: Lamela 2, Townsend
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert praised the performance of his players after they claimed victory at the Toyota Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Andreas Weimann opened the scoring just before half-time, firing home after an incisive pass from Darren Bent while Charles N’Zogbia added a second on 49 minutes with a superb free-kick.
"I have never experienced heat like this"
"It was a really tough game for us," Lambert told www.avfc.co.uk. "We're not long started back for pre-season. Obviously Dallas have played a lot of league games. So it was difficult.
"One of the big factors in their favour was the heat. We're certainly not used to that - the conditions were really, really tough. I have never experienced heat like this. It is really tough, even when you're walking around. It's pretty exhausting at times.
"But I was delighted with the two teams I put out. I thought we dominated the second half. But it was a hard, hard game overall.”
Aston Villa first-half XI: Shay Given, Alan Hutton, Jores Okore, Enda Stevens, Nathan Baker, Chris Herd, Leandro Bacuna, Gary Gardner, Anders Weimann, Darren Bent, Jack Grealish.
Aston Villa second-half XI: Shay Given, Matthew Lowton, Philippe Senderos, Ciaran Clark, Joe Bennett, Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi, Fabian Delph, Charles N'Zogbia, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Kieran Richardson.
Goals: Weimann, N’Zogbia
Crystal Palace opened their three-match United States tour with a hard-fought draw against Columbus Crew in Ohio.
Palace went behind inside 15 minutes through Adam Bedell’s header but they responded nine minutes before the break when Yannick Bolasie's cross found Glenn Murray to glance home.
Jake Gray added a second for the visitors with 20 minutes left on the clock when he tapped in after Marouane Chamakh had hit the post. Columbus Crew had the final say, however, as a late Daniel Paladini’s header denied Palace victory.
"The result is not what we're after. What we’re after really is players getting fit," Eagles manager Tony Pulis told www.cpfc.co.uk. "The results business starts at the Emirates in a few weeks’ time. The important thing is we get the players through the games, the players get game time and their fitness improves."
Crystal Palace: Julian Speroni (Wayne Hennessey 46), Joel Ward (Adrian Mariappa 51), Scott Dann, Damien Delaney (Peter Ramage 57), Jerome Williams (Hiram Boateng 57), Jason Puncheon (Jake Gray 60), Mile Jedinak (Stuart O’Keefe 51), Joe Ledley (Barry Bannan 57), Yannick Bolasie (Jonny Williams 60), Glenn Murray (Marouane Chamakh 51), Dwight Gayle (Adlene Guedioura 60).
Goals: Murray, Gray
A goal by Academy graduate Jeremie Boga goal six minutes from time earned Chelsea a draw against Austrian side WAC RZ Pellets.
On a night when manager Jose Mourinho ensured every outfield member of the squad played a part in the match with Barclays Under-21 Premier League regulars, Boga, Lewis Baker and Isaiah Brown among those to feature, the hosts took the lead shortly after half-time when De Oliveira Silvio's header was parried on to the bar by Petr Cech only for the assistant referee to adjudge the ball to have crossed the line.
Cech made three more crucial interventions to deny the Austrian top-flight side and the Blues then produced a late leveller when Boga raced on to Branislav Ivanovic's pass, rode a strong tackle and flicked a cool finish over goalkeeper Kofler Alexander.
Chelsea will next be in action against Olympia Ljubljana in Slovenia on Sunday
Chelsea: Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Kurt Zouma, John Terry, Felipe Luis (Nathan Ake 60); Marco Van Ginkel (Oriel Romeu, 60), Nemanja Matic (Nathaniel Chalobah, 81); Mohamed Salah (John Swift, 85), Baker (Jeremie Boga, 45), Isaiah Brown (Andreas Christensen, 77); Patrick Bamford (Dominic Solanke, 60).
Sunderland secured their second win in 24 hours as they completed a 3-0 victory over Hartlepool United.
Gus Poyet selected an entirely new starting XI to the one fielded at Carlisle United on Tuesday, with Costel Pantilimon, John O'Shea, Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson and Steven Fletcher all starting against Pools, alongside a strong of Academy graduates.
And it was the younger generation who made their mark with Mikael Mandron turning in a fine display while Carl Lawson's 70th-minute strike and a late brace from Andrew Cartwright secured the win for the Black Cats at Victoria Park.
Sunderland XI (1-61 mins): Costel Pantilimon; Duncan Watmore, David Ferguson, Valentin Roberge, John O’Shea; Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson, El Hadji Ba; Duncan Fletcher, Max Clayton, Adam Johnson.
Sunderland XI (62-90 mins): Andrew Cartwright; Jordan Pickford, Tom Robson, Scott Harrison, Tom Beadling, Liam Agnew, George Honeyman, Martin Smith, Lynden Gooch, Carl Lawson, Mikael Mandron
Goals: Lawson, Cartwright 2
Second-half goals by Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo earned Hull City a 2-0 win over York City.
Steve Bruce's side were made to work hard by the League Two outfit but, after summer signing Robert Snodgrass had seen a goal disallowed in the first half, Aluko and Sagbo struck after the interval to end York's resistance.
Aluko broke the deadlock five minutes after the restart when he picked the ball up outside the area and let fly with 25-yard strike, and after Tom Ince had come close for his new side, the Tigers secured the win with 13 minutes remaining when Sagbo struck past substitute goalkeeper Jason Mooney following a defensive mistake from Keith Lowe.
Ince almost made it 3-0 at the death after combining well with Sagbo but the former Crystal Palace loanee sent his rising drive over the bar from 16 yards out.
Hull: Allan McGregor, Ahmed Elmohamady (Liam Rosenior, 46), James Chester (Alex Bruce, 46), Paul McShane (Curtis Davies, 46), Conor Townsend, Robert Snodgrass (Sone Aluko, 46), David Meyler (Tom Huddlestone, 46), Stephen Quinn (Jake Livermore, 46), George Boyd (Joe Dudgeon, 68), Robbie Brady (Tom Ince, 46), Shane Long (Yannick Sagbo, 46).
Goals: Aluko, Sagbo
Summer signing Mauro Zarate was on target for his new club but West Ham United's opening Football United Tour fixture in New Zealand ended in defeat in Auckland.
In a match preceded by a minute's silence for Newcastle United supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who died in the MH17 air disaster, the Hammers fell behind when Phoenix captain Andrew Durante celebrated his one-year extension with the club with the opening goal on 12 minutes.
Alejandro Gorrin, the former Sunderland player, then doubled the hosts' lead from 25 yards before Zarate reduced the deficit with a superb strike from distance, and although Stewart Downing had an opportunity to score an equaliser late on but Phoenix held on for a memorable win.
West Ham: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel (Joey O’Brien, 68), Winston Reid, James Collins (James Tomkins, 68), Aaron Cresswell (Danny Potts, 78), Cheikhou Kouyate (Mauro Zarate, 60), Mark Noble (Diego Poyet, 71), Kevin Nolan, Mohamed Diame (Danny Whitehead, 81), Matthew Jarvis (Ricardo Vaz Te, 71), Carlton Cole (Stewart Downing, 60)