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Sanchez scores in United win over Madrid
    2018-08-02  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

VERY little has gone right for Manchester United players on this tour of the United States, but they should just be grateful for whoever approved Alexis Sanchez’s travel visa.

The Chile star missed the first week of the trip over the hold-up and trained alone in Carrington. Since joining his teammates in America, however, he has led the attack almost single-handedly at times.

At Hard Rock Stadium, Sanchez scored one and set up another as Jose Mourinho’s side ended the trip on a high note, beating the European champion Real Madrid 2-1.

Mourinho and his depleted squad flew home straight after the match following an arduous three weeks, and have a win over Madrid to add to a shootout victory over AC Milan.

A heavy 4-1 defeat by Liverpool is best forgotten, as are the draws against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, but at least it isn’t all doom and gloom despite the manager’s downcast mood.

Mourinho’s extraordinary outburst about the state of the tour and the squad available to him had overshadowed United’s defeat by Liverpool in Michigan and the buildup to this one as well.

The United manager could at least welcome back David De Gea, a goalkeeper so often linked with Real Madrid, and give his new 52-million-pound (US$68 million) signing Fred a 67-minute run-out on his first start.

But with Chris Smalling unable to play after going off in the warmup Saturday, Mourinho had no choice but to play Scott McTominay in a back-three alongside Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Having said that Bailly “isn’t a leader” over the weekend, it was surprising to see the defender given the captain’s armband.

Brazilian midfielder Fred started for Manchester United for the first time following his summer move from Shakhtar.

This was Madrid’s first game of pre-season, and its first since Cristiano Ronaldo left the Bernabeu after nine years for Juventus.

Ronaldo’s exit has given Gareth Bale a new lease on life in Spain, but the Welshman and Karim Benzema were the only players from the European Cup winning squad that started here.

United took full advantage by surging into a two-goal lead inside the opening 27 minutes. The first came from a sweeping move down the right as Ander Herrera fed Matteo Darmian and he crossed low for Sanchez to score with a clinical first-time finish. The irony will not be lost on Mourinho that Darmian has been one of the better players on this tour just as he is about to return to Italy.

It meant that Sanchez had scored two of United’s first four goals in the United States, and he played a significant part in the fifth as well.

Juan Mata made a break down the right but found himself with little support.

Sanchez provided it and Mata clipped a cross into the former Arsenal man who cleverly nodded it back to the penalty spot. Herrera was following up and rifled the ball past goalkeeper Francisco Casilla.

(SD-Agencies)

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