Manchester United vs. Borussia Dortmund
Venue: Shanghai Stadium
Date: Friday, 22 July 2016
Kick-off: 13:00 BST
Manchester United suffered a heavy defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the opening game of their tour to China.
The 4-1 scoreline saw Gonzalo Castro open the scoring, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty doubling Dortmund’s lead.
Ousmane Dembele and Castro’s second completed the scoring, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan grabbing United’s consolation at 3-0, against the side he left just two weeks ago.
As early as the second minute, Memphis, playing as the number nine, nearly nipped in ahead of Sokratis, but the Greek defender diverted the ball away before the former could collect.
Dortmund’s opener came after Sam Johnstone had parried Aubameyang’s free-kick and Dembele’s rebound, but Castro was on hand to scramble home the loose ball.
Despite being through on goal, Jesse Lingard’s tame effort was held by Roman Weidenfeller when there was further time and space for an extra touch.
A soft handball on Antonio Valencia from Aubameyang’s overhead kick attempt saw the referee award a penalty, and the latter placed the ball down the middle to double Dortmund’s advantage.
Looking for his second, Aubameyang volleyed wide from Marcel Schmelzer’s nod down, before seeing a lob tipped away by Johnstone.
No sooner had Mkhitaryan forced Weidenfeller into a comfortable save after the interval, Dortmund’s third arrived after Dembele skipped past the challenge of Marcos Rojo, before firing a right-footed finish past Sergio Romero.
United did respond after Daley Blind’s through ball found Juan Mata, who unselfishly squared the ball to Mkhitaryan for the simplest of tap-ins against his former employers.
A quiet period then fell over the game, with many substitutions taking precedence, with Castro’s free-kick falling over the bar late on.
He did, however, grab his second, taking aim from 25 yards out with space to shoot, and he found the top corner as Dortmund ran away worth winners.
Despite the loss, this was only United’s second game, with their German opponents completing their fifth, highlighting the difference in energy levels.
Luke Shaw completing 90 minutes after his leg break and Mkhitaryan’s first goal for the club were plus notes for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Up next is Manchester City on Monday at 12:30 BST, although that game may be called off due to the heavy rain and drastic forecast in Beijing.
Manchester United: Johnstone (Romero 46); Valencia (Pereira 75), Bailly, Jones (Rojo 46), Shaw; Herrera, Blind (McNair 66); Mkhitaryan (Januzaj 66), Mata, Lingard (Young 46); Memphis (Rashford 46).
Subs not used: Tuanzebe, Keane.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Passlack (Larsen 46), Bender (Merino 62), Sokratis (Bartra 62), Schmelzer (Burnic 70); Rode (Sahin 62), Castro; Aubameyang (Hober 70), Kagawa (Leitner 70), Dembele (Pulisic 74); Ramos (Mor 63).
Manager: Thomas Tuchel