International Champions Cup
Manchester United vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: Avaya Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Kick-off: 04:00 BST
Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the States continued with a second win in as many games, after overcoming San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at the Avaya Stadium.
After Morgan Schneiderlin bagged his first goal for the club in the 1-0 victory over Club America at the weekend, Memphis Depay followed suit, grabbing United’s second after Juan Mata had opened the scoring just after the half hour mark.
Fatai Alashe pulled one back for the MLS outfit on the brink of half-time, but the impressive Andreas Pereira scored a header during the second half to secure the win for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Memphis, as he likes to be known, forced David Bingham into an early save, as the goalkeeper parried the Dutchman’s shot into the path of Wayne Rooney, but he did well to recover, forcing the captain to lose control, but the ball fell to Mata, who could only find the side netting with his shot.
Ashley Young released Luke Shaw down the left-hand side, and the latter’s low cross saw Rooney and Memphis fail to connect, as San Jose cleared behind for a corner.
That corner came to nothing but a separate one almost led to the first goal.
A short corner routine between Young and Mata saw the former cross deep to the back post, as Schneiderlin hooked the ball back across the face of goal, only for Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi to clear before Phil Jones could tap the ball home.
Young and Mata were involved again in the build-up for the opener, as the former’s pull back found Mata, who shifted the ball past Pierazzi, and his shot missed the outstretched leg of Memphis, and found its way to the back of the net via the post, with the Spaniard claiming the goal.
Neat link-up play between Rooney and Shaw saw the left-back’s shot blocked, before a United break a few minutes later saw Rooney dispossessed, but Pierazzi’s back pass allowed Memphis to latch onto the loose ball, and slot it past Bingham.
San Jose halved the deficit three minutes before the break as Shea Salinas rounded Schneiderlin to pull the ball back to Alashe, whose first time finish made it 2-1.
There was time for United to create again before the interval as Rooney found Shaw, whose pull back was missed by Young but found Mata, whose shot was blocked by Clarence Goodson.
The second half was a very tame affair by comparison, a contest that became more about nearly moments for the large parts.
Adnan Januzaj’s through ball was just out of reach for James Wilson to latch onto as Bingham collected with ease.
United’s third of the night came when Ander Herrera knocked the ball back for Jesse Lingard to cross first time on the right-hand side of the penalty area, and Pereira was left unmarked, to head the ball into the back of the net.
Tommy Thompson’s flick found Marc Pelosi, and despite his shot being filled with venom, the ball kept rising over Sam Johnstone’s goal, the only United player to complete 90 minutes due to injuries to David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard.
Bingham flapped at a corner, misjudging the flight of the ball, but Chris Smalling, captain for the second half, couldn’t keep his half-volley down.
It was another good workout for United against a side midway through their domestic season, therefore up to match speed.
The first half team impressed more so than the second half team for the second game running.
Four goals scored so far on tour for United, by four different players, with three of those scoring their first goals for the club.
The new signings continue to bed into the side, looking right at home in a United shirt, with young Pereira looking a bright prospect and settling into the first team well also.
Expect a number of players to play more than 45 minutes during United’s next game, a prestigious fixture against the current European Champions FC Barcelona, a side that Van Gaal has managed twice during his managerial career, as he aims to boost the fitness of the players further, and get a clearer understanding of what his team will be, come August 8.
Manchester United first half: Johnstone; Darmian, Jones, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Mata, Depay, Young; Rooney.
Manchester United second half: Johnstone; McNair, Smalling, Evans, Blackett; Herrera, Schweinsteiger; Lingard, Pereira, Januzaj; Wilson.
Manager: Louis van Gaal
San Jose Earthquakes first half: Bingham; Wynne, Bernardez, Goodson, Stewart; Alashe; Cato, Garcia, Pierazzi, Wondolowski; Amarikwa.
San Jose Earthquakes second half: Bingham; Koval, Silva, Renato, Francis; Alashe (Stephenson 62); Thompson, Coutadeur, Pelosi, Barrera; Sherrod (Jahn 71).
Manager: Dominic Kinnear