Manchester United vs. Galatasaray SK
Venue: Ullevi Stadium
Date: Saturday, 30 July 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 BST
Manchester United produced a five-star performance by knocking five goals past Galatasaray in a 5-2 pre-season victory.
Played in his homeland of Sweden, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s early volley set the tone with his first goal for the club inside four minutes, with Sinan Gumus and Armindo Bruma turning the match on its head before the interval.
However, a dominant second half display from United saw Wayne Rooney’s brace, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata complete the scoring.
The most ideal start came after Anthony Martial’s chipped pass found Antonio Valencia on the right-hand side, and his cross was met by Ibrahimovic’s acrobat effort which found the far corner in style.
It was a set piece which saw Galatasaray equalise, with Wesley Sneijder’s free-kick met by Gumus whose header beat David De Gea.
The Turkish side capitalised on their rejuvenation with Sneijder’s first time drive from Bruma’s lay-off being tipped over, as Yasin Oztekin’s header from the resulting corner was also saved by De Gea.
Captain Rooney’s dipping volley dropped wide before Bruma’s one-two with Gumus saw the Portuguese winger find a neat finish into the bottom corner as half-time arrived five minutes later.
Ashley Young, one of five changes at the break for United, whipped in two dangerous crosses that were unmet, before Jose Mourinho’s side levelled proceedings moments later.
Marcus Rashford’s one-two with Valencia saw the latter’s cross turned home by Rooney with a difficult but effective finish.
It was Rooney’s through ball that sent Rashford flying down the right-hand channel, beating substitute Serdar Aziz for pace, only for goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to bring down the 18-year-old, with Rooney converting the penalty down the middle of the goal.
Sporting their new white kit for the first time, United made it three goals in seven minutes when Valencia was again the provider, as his cross to the back post was met by Fellaini’s looping header much to the delight of Mourinho.
A further six changes were made by the Portuguese boss midway through the second period, where one of those, Mata, found Michael Carrick after some neat skill, with the latter’s low cross returning the favour as Mata tapped home a simple finish.
Despite the fast start, United were second best for the majority of the first half, failing to find any kind of rhythm or create many chances.
But they can be pleased with their response in the final 45, running out deserved winners in the end, whilst continuing to boost fitness levels, especially after Monday’s cancellation against Manchester City.
Up next is Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday against Everton, as United return to Old Trafford for the first time since mid-May, with a 8pm kick-off scheduled.
The Community Shield against Leicester City follows next Sunday at 4pm, with the Premier League season just two weeks away.
Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 67); Valencia (Memphis 67), Bailly (Jones 67), Blind (Rojo 67), Shaw (Darmian 67); Herrera (Carrick 46), Schneiderlin (Fellaini 46); Mkhitaryan (Young 46), Rooney (Mata 67), Martial (Lingard 46); Ibrahimovic (Rashford 46).
Subs: Romero, Johnstone, Jones, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard, Young, Memphis, Rashford.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Galatasaray: Muslera; Linnes (Sabri 84), Chedjou, Balta (Aziz 46), Carole; Inan (Altintop 46), Dzemaili; Bruma, Sneijder, Gumus (Unsal 84); Oztekin.
Subs: Iscan, Gonen, Aziz, Altintop, Donk, Bassan, Dursun, Unsal, Sarioglu, Guney, Vatansever.
Manager: Jan Olde Riekerink