By then, the majority of the home crowd were more concerned with Shinji Kagawa’s warm-up on the touchline. When he eventually stepped onto the pitch, with just under half-an-hour remaining, the roar was deafening.
Kagawa’s arrival coincided with the game’s tempo dropping, as the summer heat began to take its toll. Perhaps it was this that created the crack in the Reds’ defence that allowed Fujita to net the winner with just three minutes remaining.
Whatever the reason, David Moyes’ men left the Nissan Stadium disappointed, although the workout the Reds received will have a gone long way towards ensuring United hit peak fitness in time for the start of the 2013/14 season.
United: De Gea; Fabio, Jones, Evans (Smalling 67), Evra; Anderson, Zaha (Giggs 78), Cleverley, Lingard (Young 46), Januzaj (Kagawa 62); van Persie (Welbeck 46)
Marinos: Enomoto (Rokutan 46); Kobayashi (Amano 75), Tashiro (Kumagi 62), Dutra (Hanato 62), Fabio; Hyodo (Higa 84), Sato (Narawa 46), Nakamachi (Jeong 88), Nakamura (Fujita 20), Tomisawa (Kida 88); Marquinhos (Ogura 69)