The Catalan curse is still on for United, as the Red Devils met Barcelona for a friendly match in Sweden, but although it ended 0-0 for normal time, the match was then taken to penalties, with a different format being adopted, where each team got 3 penalties then sudden death if required, but United missed their first 2 penalties while Barcelona scored to claim a 2-0 win after the shootout. Young and Nani missed for the Red Devils, while Xavi and Pique were the heroes for Barcelona.
As usual, Barcelona took control of the match, where both teams started with a full-fledged squad on each side, and Iniesta tested De Gea early on. United somewhat crept back in the game, and nearly half-time , won a penalty. Rooney stepped up to take it, but unfortunately could not beat Valdes (penalty No.1 missed), and he even managed to send the rebound wide after Valdes palmed away the shot. The second half saw Kagawa contribute immediately by forcing two saves from substitute Pinto, and De Gea on the other end was called into action twice as well to keep the scores level. With the match finally ending at 0-0 after 90 minutes, penalty shootout was the option left to determine a winner in this friendly, and again United missed their penalties, while Barcelona scored theirs and claimed the win.
More bad news concerning the transfers this time, as reports are confirming that Lucas Moura, the Brazilian kid whom Sir Alex wanted to sign badly, has agreed to join PSG instead as the French side quoted around £35M for him. The transfer saga may not end yet for United however, so stay tuned.
Next match will be against Hannover 96 on 11th August to end the DHL Tour 2012, then welcome back English Premier League for what would be yet another thrilling season…
De Gea; Valencia, Vidic (Carrick 46), Ferdinand (Wootton 83), Evra; Nani, Scholes, Anderson (Powell 79),Young; Welbeck (Berbatov 67), Rooney (Kagawa 46)