The Reds survived a couple of scares at the other end, with Tomasz Kuszczak making a fine reflex stop just before Obertan fired the decisive strike. The Frenchman's goal was the highlight of a match that was good in patches but largely uneventful.
Sir Alex made six changes to the side that started against Celtic in Toronto five days earlier. Kuszczak started in goal behind a back four of John O’Shea, Wes Brown, Jonny Evans and Fabio. Obertan and Ryan Giggs took up wide positions, with Tom Cleverley, scorer of United’s third goal in the win over Celtic, given his chance alongside Paul Scholes in the centre of midfield. Welbeck, another scorer against the Bhoys, partnered Federico Macheda in attack.
Just like the match against Celtic, the Reds started brightly and went close to breaking the deadlock on three minutes when Macheda put Obertan in down the right. The winger took a touch before letting fly from a tight angle but his low shot found the side-netting. Obertan was involved again six minutes later when he connected with Welbeck’s fine cross, but his well-struck volley flew wide.
Having soaked up United’s early pressure, the home side had a first sight of goal on 12 minutes when Danny Mwanga worked space to find Alejandro Moreno in the area. Thankfully for United, the striker couldn’t connect properly with his shot, allowing Kuszczak to claim easily.