Two first half goals guided United to victory over Real Madrid

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MIAMI – Manchester United ended its U.S.A. tour with a 2-1 win over Spanish giants’ Real Madrid.

Fred made his first start for United while David De Gea returned from holiday and started in net and Timothy Fosu-Mensah started at centre back.

Alvaro Odriozola started at right back for Madrid while Vinicius Jr. started with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in the attack.

Benzema had the game’s first chance after getting on the end of Odriozola’s cross but his shot hit the side netting.

United took the lead in the 17th minute after a nice cross from Matteo Darmian saw Alexis Sanchez’s low shot go under Casilla.

Just nine minutes later the Red Devils made it 2-0. Sanchez headed the ball down to the top of the box and Ander Herrera’s left footed low shot found the back of the net.

Benzema pulled one back on the stroke of half time when the Frenchmen tapped home a cross from about six-yards-out as United led 2-1 going into the break.

Martin Odegaard had a great chance to tie the game up in the 56th minute but his effort went over the bar from about 10-yards-out.

The Norwegian continued to threaten the United goal; this time with a free kick but De Gea made a good save to keep United ahead.

Madrid dominated proceedings in the second half but found it difficult to break down United’s defence.

Good news for United is that the majority of its players were able to play the full 90 minutes as the Premier League season inches closer.

The Spanish giants’ failed to equalize despite having plenty of possession as United ended its American tour with a 2-1 win while Real Madrid will face Juventus on Saturday afternoon in Maryland.

Line ups:

United: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw; Herrera, Fred (Tuanzebe 68), McTominay (Mitchell 79); Mata (Garner 82), Alexis, A.Pereira.

Real Madrid: Casilla (Lunin 46); Odriozola (Sergio Lopez 62), Vallejo (Nacho 77), Sanchez, Hernandez (Reguilón 46); Llorente (Asensio 77), Valverde (Isco 77); Bale (Odegaard 46, Kroos 77), Ceballos (Raul de Thomas 62), Vinicius Junior (Oscar Rodriguez 62); Benzema (Mayoral 46).

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