The game against the MLS All Stars was expected to be the toughest game of the Pre-season so far, not surprisingly many expected Manchester United to be given a run for their money. Especially after the result against Kansas City Wizards, the pressure was on the kids in the team to justify the trust put in them by Sir Alex.
Therefore the final score line of 5-2 did surprise many and also the result was made sweeter by Javier “Chicarito” Hernandez scoring on his debut. The game started with Macheda leading the Attack alongside Nani and Obertan in a 4-3-3 /4-5-1. And Macheda justified his selection by pouncing on a defensive error due to a terrible back pass to score within the first minute of the game; he then doubled the lead with a good header off a Nani corner. Meanwhile, Gabriel Obertan was also showing off his sublime skills and ball control but his great cameo performance was cut short by what looked like an ankle injury. Hopefully nothing serious and we get to see the Frenchman very soon.
The second half saw the introduction of Gibson, Welbeck and Hernandez. Gibson scored United’s third with a beautiful freekick from the edge of the box; the shot brought back memories of Beckham. Cleverley, who came on as a sub for Obertan, was quiet for most of the first half but was doing well the second half, then scored the fourth goal after a brilliant chip over a defender, after which he brought the ball under control with ease before slotting it past the helpless GK. Hernandez, much to the delight of the Houston fans, then completed the rout with a great chip over the GK after he beat the offside trap and showed his electric pace to get to the ball even before the opposition defense could realize what has happened, he then finished off the move with a clam chip over the stranded keeper, who had charged forward hoping to get to the ball before Hernandez but had severely underestimated Javier’s speed.
Macheda, Obertan, Welbeck, Gibson, Cleverley and the Da Silva brothers put up a good display against an experienced All Stars team, also not to forget that Diouf, Corry Evans, Amos and De Laet have done well in the tour too so far and are seemingly justifying Sir Alex’s decision to trust the youngsters. Now, with players such as Oliver Norwood, Ravel Morisson, Paul Pogba, Joshua King and Magnus Eikrem Waiting in the reserves for a chance, maybe Sir Alex won’t need to buy many more senior players for a few years to come for the future looks very bright for United at the moment.