Philadelphia Union 0 United 1
The tour of North America continued with a second consecutive victory for Sir Alex Ferguson`s young side.
The game was settled by a strike from Gabriel Obertan, his first goal for United, but the fixture proved to be harder than United would have wished.
With United facing a hot and humid night, Obertan scored the only goal of the game fourteen minutes from the end when he coolly finished off a chance created by a pass from Danny Welbeck.
United could have opened the scoring in the first half when Welbeck with some slick football saw the striker control Fabio`s cross but shoot straight at the keeper.
Before that our hosts could have taken a shock lead but Moreno couldn`t test Kusczak in the United goal.
The second half saw both sides make numerous changes, Philadelphia made seven and United made six, just as the game looked as if it`d end all square Obertan struck to keep the 100% record going, prompting Sir Alex to comment about the game and the strike from Obertan,
"Goals always help players of course, and when they are forwards in particular."
"There is a goal in Gabby, there's no question of that."
"The best aspect of his goal was his run, the timing of his run and the timing of the pass and the weight of the pass. It made it a really good goal. He's taken it well."
Continuing, Fergie added,
"You need pre-season games, they are absolutely essential. You need them to get your timing and rhythm and your breathing right."
"It was the sort of game we probably needed. The Union were really powerful and aggressive, got to the ball quickly and made it difficult for us. They were better than I expected."
"We increased the tempo in the second half and did a little better then. It was a good game for us."
Good to see the side sharpening up a little bit especially Paul Scholes who made one fearsome tackle that received a yellow card when a red might well have been brandished in the Premier League!
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