Friday 9 August 2013
Rio Ferdinand testimonial
Old Trafford

(Valencia 64)

(Vitolo 21, Marin 25, Rabello 91)


09/08/2013 21:30, Report by Adam Marshall
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United 1 Sevilla 3

even if the latter, celebrating a first call-up to the England Under-21 squad after a successful tour, could not connect properly with a wicked Januzaj centre.

Büttner fired over as the hosts, by now, were creating the majority of the chances, and Lingard was inches away from meeting a Fabio pass in the middle when stretching with his right foot. A sustained spell of pressure came agonisingly close to yielding an equaliser when Wilfried Zaha was thwarted by Beto and Büttner had a low drive blocked following some spellbinding skill by Januzaj. Michael Carrick then tried his luck, only for Beto to again prove his worth with a smart save.

Puerto missed a sitter when De Gea could only push a Tiberio Guarente shot into his path before the crowd saluted Ferdinand when he was withdrawn with eight minutes left. An equaliser would have been deserved on the balance of play in the second period but Zaha drilled inches wide after another scintillating run. 

Instead, Rabello swivelled to score a third in stoppage time after springing the offside trap with a perfectly-timed run. 

It might not have been the right result but United move swiftly on to the Community Shield and the chance of some silverware against Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

United: De Gea; Fabio, Ferdinand (Evans 82), Smalling, Büttner; Valencia (Zaha 65), Cleverley (Jones 46), Anderson (Carrick 65), Kagawa (Giggs 65), Januzaj; Henriquez (Lingard 46). Subs not used: Bebe, M.Keane, Lindegaard.

Sevilla: Beto; Figueiras, Fazio, Pareja (Puerto 56), Moreno; Vitolo (Samperio 71), Kondogbia, Medel (Guarante 81), Perotti; Marin; Bacca (Rabello 78). Subs not used: Navarro, Cala, Maduro,

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