Jose Mourinho finally got something to cheer about as an underwhelming trip to the United States ended with Man United’s 2-1 win over former club Real Madrid.
First-half strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera did the trick for United, who desperately in need of a fillip after the 4-1 drubbing by Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Mourinho has cut a miserable figure during their two week trip to the United States as he battles the club board over a lack of transfer activity, but he was mighty relieved as his side held Real at bay after Karim Benezema’s goal just before the interval gave the Spanish side hope of mounting a comeback.
“I didn’t learn anything (from this tour),” Mou said after the match. “I know what Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez are.
“I know the kids are very young and need time to grow up, I know my players gave everything and in the last 15 mins we are dead and they bring on Toni Kroos and Asensio and Isco and I thought we wouldn’t resist but we did.
“That’s the spirit we need because our first two or three weeks in the Premier League are going to be really hard for us because we didn’t prepare for that.”
In front of 64 141 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, United were finishing off their pre-season preparations against a Real Madrid side just starting theirs.
And on 18 minutes, the Red Devils were ahead after Herrera fed Matteo Darmian who then teed up Sanchez to sweep home.
The second goal which arrived on 27 minutes when Mata collected from Darmian and crossed for Sanchez who was able to divert the ball into the path of Herrera who made no mistake.
Benzema tapped in an excellent Theo Hernandez cross to give the vast amounts of Madrid fans in Miami something to cheer.
But that was all they got as David De Gea saved from Martin Odegaard late on to secure United’s first victory in regulation play this pre-season.
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