Shanghai Shenhua   0

Manchester United   1

Kagawa (68)

Chevrolet China Cup, 25 July 2012 Shanghai Stadium

Shanghai Shenhua v Manchester United

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25/07/2012 13:55, Report by Nick Coppack in Shanghai
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nasty studs-up challenge by Shouting Wang.

Thankfully the 18-year-old was able to continue, although there was more disappointment for Powell on 23 minutes when he dragged the ball wide after he'd sprung the offside trap and latched onto a clever lofted pass by Davide Petrucci.

It was the only clear-cut chance United fashioned in a first half that almost ended disastrously when Lindegaard was forced into a fine save to deny Griffiths just before the break.

It's perhaps unrealistic to expect too much from a squad cobbled together from those first-team and Reserves players not resting from major tournaments, competing in the Olympics or currently injured. And pre-season, remember, is predominantly about gaining match fitness.

Nevertheless, Sir Alex will have been disappointed by the lack of entertainment and cutting-edge play in the final third. Only Petrucci and Kagawa provided any occasional sparks in the opening 45 minutes.

The young Italian didn't re-emerge after the interval, though. He was one of three players (Powell and Lindegaard the others) who made way for Bebe, Ryan Tunnicliffe and goakeeper Sam Johnstone.

Kagawa then saw a shot blocked, Anderson rifled a shot just wide and Shouting Wang's effort looped just over the bar at the other end as the second period began more positively.

Macheda forced a smart save from Shanghai goalkeeper Qui just before the hour mark after a surging run and slide-rule pass from Shinji Kagawa sliced

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