Monday, July 26

Kansas City Wizards 2-1 Manchester United

Two first-half goals were enough to give ten-man Kansas a hard-fought 2-1 win over United.

The Wizards endured the entire second half a man short, lining up with a 4-4-1 formation, but somehow seeing the match out.

In front of a 52,424-strong crowd at the New Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas, the home side went 1-0 up after 11 minutes.

Captain Davy Arnaud got in front of defensive partnership Chris Smalling and Johnny Evans and slotted right footed low to Ben Amos's right.

The Americans competed well throughout the first period and had two more good chances to build on their lead.

Back from injury, Nani showed some promise for United with a solo run and a powerful shot after a solo run, which hit the 'keeper.

But it was Dimitar Berbatov who was to get the reds back into the game.

The Bulgarian was tripped by Jimmy Conrad in the box. The referee awarded a penalty - and shocked the crows by sending off Conrad.

Berbatov scored from the spot, but the Wizards restored their lead three minutes later.

Just two minutes before the break, Kei Kamara scored a wonderful headed goal, getting on the end of a corner and nodding well past Amos.

In hot conditions, United found it difficult to break down a Wizards wall, with substitute Danny Welbeck having the best of a number of chances in the second half.

Though this was a young and much-changed side, Sir Alex will not be happy that the likes of Nani, Giggs and Berbatov have slipped to defeat against this level of opposition.

He will be demanding a huge improvement against the MLS All-Star team on Wednesday.

United: Ben Amos; Rafael, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Ritchie De Laet; Nani, Paul Scholes, Darron Gibson, Ryan Giggs(c); Dimitar Berbatov, Mame Biram Diouf

Subs: Edwin van der Sar, Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck, Fabio, Gabriel Obertan, Federico Macheda, Corry Evans, Tom Cleverley.

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