MLS All-Stars   2

Manchester United   5

28 July 2010 Reliant Stadium 70,728

Match Report Tour 2010 MLS


28/07/2010 22:14, Report by Gemma Thompson in Houston
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MLS All-Stars 2 United 5

movement was slick from the off. And it didn’t take long for the visitors to double their advantage.

After Wes Brown had seen his header from a Giggs corner deflected wide, Macheda rose to head home Nani’s follow-up set-piece on 12 minutes.

The All-Stars were more than a little shell-shocked after a scintillating opening from United, but Bruce Arena’s side weren’t about to be totally rolled over. And it was a former foe, Juan Pablo Angel, who looked the most likely to get them going.

The ex-Aston Villa striker forced a superb fingertip save from Van der Sar on 15 minutes after a finely struck 20-yard free-kick, before his close-range toe-poke was deflected over by the outstretched leg of Jonny Evans soon after following an inviting cross from Heath Pearce.

The All-Stars continued to turn up the heat thereafter with Sebastien Le Toux testing Van der Sar with a low drive at the near post and Chad Marshall heading a corner just wide with the Dutch keeper in no-man’s land.

United, who lost Gabriel Obertan to injury midway through the half, continued to look threatening up front though with Nani and Macheda particularly lively. It was the former’s lovely one-two with Fletcher which almost led to the Reds’ third goal of the half, but the Scot’s thumping shot smacked against the crossbar before bouncing away from danger.

With a two-goal deficit to overturn the All-Stars began the second period with a real sense of purpose and almost got themselves back into it through Marshall, but his point-blank header was well held by Van der Sar.

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