A youthful Manchester United XI recorded a 1-0 friendly victory at Chorley thanks to Louis Rowley's first-half strike and an early penalty save by Pierluigi Gollini.
Nicky Butt took charge of the team with Warren Joyce watching from the stands as the Reds faced a serious examination in the opening stages. Gollini was under immediate pressure with James Weir needing to clear from close to the goalline.
When Rowley tripped Tom Ince from behind, the perfect opportunity to cap the fine start with a goal arrived in the form of a fourth-minute penalty. Ince stepped up himself but failed to beat Gollini from the spot, shooting too close to the Italian.
United responded well with Andreas Pereira forcing a reflex stop out of Sam Ashton and the keeper saving at the feet of James Wilson after parrying an effort by captain Tom Lawrence. Back came Chorley with Rowley deflecting over an Ince drive but the left-back provided an even more telling contribution soon afterwards.
Lawrence latched onto a Jack Barmby pass and fired goalwards with Rowley on hand to stab in the rebound after former Bolton keeper Ashton could only push it into a dangerous area. Darren Stephenson dribbled past Paddy McNair, who seems to have sprouted up over the summer, only for Gollini to rush out and make a brave stop before Ince had a header ruled out for what looked an obvious offside infringement.
Pereira showed flashes of his quality but his finish did not match a mazy dribble while Lawrence and Barmby saw efforts fielded by Ashton. However, the hosts finished the half the stronger with Gollini touching over a Dale Whitham piledriver and blocking at his near post after Stephenson rampaged through.
There was less goalmouth action after the interval with Wilson ploughing a lone furrow in attack and trying to exploit his pace, only to see a couple of attempts blocked. Joe