Juan Mata scored a 78th-minute equaliser to salvage a draw for Manchester United within the opening recreation of their US tour. Jose Mourinho’s facet trailed to a 59 minute header from Club America’s Henry Martin, and seemed to be heading for defeat on the College of Phoenix Stadium. However midfielder Mata popped up with the leveller 12 minutes from time, with a shot by the legs of the goalkeeper, to avoid wasting United from defeat. Substitute Tahith Chong slung in a cross from the fitting, which was headed towards the far put up by Ander Herrera. The ball got here out to Mata, whose shot went by a congested penalty space and straight by the legs of Oscar Jimenez, who got here on within the second-half. Subsequent up for United is Sunday’s encounter with San Jose Earthquakes on the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Valencia in motion in the course of the recreation towards Club America (Picture: John Peters) 1) Shaw embarks on one other essential season Pre-season should really feel like Groundhog Day for Luke Shaw, who appears to should show himself each time it comes round, after 4 troublesome seasons at United. This pre-season isn’t any completely different, with Shaw in pole place to begin the brand new marketing campaign as United’s first-choice left-back, with Ashley Younger on an prolonged break following the World Cup, Daley Blind having returned to Ajax and Matteo Darmian set to observe him out of Previous Trafford. Shaw appeared energetic and sharp right here, making a few respectable forays down the left, and with one 12 months left on his present deal, it truly is now or by no means for the defender at United. The United group line up forward of the sport (Picture: Man Utd by way of Getty) Learn Extra Newest Switch Information 2) Martial takes his likelihood to shine With Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford on prolonged breaks following their World Cup exploits, Anthony Martial is ready to guide United’s assault initially of the season, a job he fulfilled right here. Martial’s tempo and skill to tackle opponents are his best property, and he showcased them to nice impact right here, stepping into harmful positions and opening up the opposition. His ultimate ball could have let him down on events, however Martial – whose United future was unsure this summer season – proved a handful for Club America. Martial challenges for the ball (Picture: Man Utd by way of Getty) 3) Pereira stakes his declare for a daily place Having spent final season on mortgage at Valencia, midfielder Andreas Pereira has returned to United to impress Mourinho and stake his declare for a daily place. However with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and new £52million signing Fred prone to comprise Mourinho’s first-choice midfield, Pereira is prone to discover it arduous to determine himself as a daily beneath Mourinho. However the 22-year-old proved efficient within the No.6 function right here, urgent opponents, tackling with belligerence and showcasing a formidable vary of passing. Pereira put in a stable efficiency in the midst of the park (Picture: Man Utd by way of Getty) 4) United children purpose to impress Mourinho In a depleted squad due to World Cup absentees, Mourinho included seven children, all of whom had been searching for to impress the boss and earn the fitting to be a part of the first-team squad subsequent season. Pereira impressed, as did Demitri Mitchell and goalkeeper Lee Grant, signed from Stoke, who appeared sharp in his 45-minute outing, making one essential save. However maybe one of the best of the kids was Tahith Chong, from United’s Below-18s, whose cross led to the equaliser and who brought on concern among the many opposition each time he was on the ball. Whether or not the younger gamers on tour are in a position to do sufficient to persuade Mourinho they should be concerned with the first-team squad subsequent season – like Scott McTominay did final summer season – stays to be seen, however the alternative is there for them on the five-game tour. There have been loads of children within the squad for United (Picture: John Peters) 5) Poor crowd for United’s Stateside tour opener United satisfaction themselves on their worldwide pull, with the club estimating their world fanbase at round 659million. However that vast attraction didn’t present itself on the 64,300-capacity College of Phoenix Stadium, with the group registered at 37,766, with the complete prime tier of the world closed off due to a scarcity of demand. United have already switched their Los Angeles pleasant towards AC Milan from the 90,000-seater Rose Bowl in Pasadena to the StubHub Centre, which has a extra modest capability of 27,000, due to sluggish ticket gross sales. A depleted squad and the excessive price of tickets could go some strategy to explaining the sparse crowd, with United used to enjoying to full homes after they go to the States. TEAM Man Utd: Grant (Pereira, 46), Valencia (Fosu-Mensah, 46), Bailly, Smalling, Shaw (Greenwood, 76), Herrera, Pereira, McTominay (Tuanzebe, 87), Mata (Gomes, 89), Martial (Chong, 61), Mitchell (Darmian, 61)
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