Thursday, July 22

Philadelphia Union 0-1 Manchester United

A second-half Obertan strike was enough to earn United the win in an otherwise sloppy performance in America.

In front of 44,213 people, United start brightly with Danny Welbeck finding space in the final third.

But he consistently lacked edge in front of goal and failed to make a series of chances pay.

The hosts, however, proved they were not here just to make up the numbers and had three first-half efforts of their own, testing 'keeper Thomas Kuscak regularly. Alejandro Morena and Fred looked a handful for the reds.

At one stage, captain Ryan Giggs made his frustrations clear, ticking off junior teammate Obertan for dwelling too much on the ball.

And, even though the match went through a full spell in the first 20 minutes after the break, it was the Frenchman who put United ahead on 76 minutes.

Undoing all their earlier sterling work, Union gave the ball away sloppily to Welbeck who ran down the right and crossed superbly to Obertan, who slotted home comfortably.

But that strike seemed to paper over the cracks of a flimsy defence, an overrun midfield and a far from clinical strikeforce bolstered by the late arrival of Dimitar Berbatov.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be striving to improve when in Kansas, where they next play, on Sunday.

United: Kusczak; O'Shea (De Laet 76), Brown (Smalling 61), J Evans, Fabio (Rafael 61); Cleverley (C Evans 61), Scholes (Fletcher 61), Giggs; Obertan, Macheda (Berbatov 61), Welbeck.

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