AON Tour 2013: Manchester United’s farewell to their Asian counterparts

United Hong Kong Tour 2013Manchester United completed their rather erratic Asia-Australia tour earlier today in Hong Kong with a five-star display, as they faced Kitchee FC at the Hong Kong Stadium on a battered pitch which recently hosted the Barclays Asia Trophy in which were involved Man City, Sunderland, South China and Tottenham.

Welbeck struck first on the 16th minute after Young’s shot crashed on the post, and the former kept his calm to slot home the opener. He was joined on the scoresheet six minutes later as Smalling doubled the lead with a header following Cleverley’s cross, where the keeper was unable to keep the ball out despite getting a hand to it. United however were on fire, as Fabio made it 0-3 for United on the 26th minute after Zaha found him and he did very well to find the net in turn.The score stayed 0-3 till half-time, and we were only 5 minutes into the second half when substitute Januzaj scored the 4th as yet again Kitchee’s keeper was beaten by the youngster’s header, assisted by Büttner. However, United’s defense still needs some work, as Lam belted a 20-yard volley past Amos in goal, to make it 1-4. United’s lead was halved on the 69th minute when Alex Alkande found the net again for the host team, but it was United who had the last laugh as they scored again on the 80th minute through Lingard, as he curled in a beauty from the edge of the box to seal a 2-5 win.

The 3 young players, Zaha, Lingard and Januzaj have been really impressive so far, despite United losing in a couple of games, but they have shown they have the talent and desire to earn a place in the starting 11, and if Moyes does follow in SAF’s steps concerning youth policy, then we may be have 3 superstars in the making already, with many other young players rising as well in the academy and reserve. The class of 2013 ❓

United’s next match will now be in Stockholm against AIK on the 6th of August to complete the AON Tour 2013, a match where Rooney is supposed to be joining up with the squad following his hamstring injury, unless he’s sold in the meantime, with Chelsea and Mourinho still hot on his trails, while United’s own saga concerning Fabregas is yet to reach a conclusion…

United’s line-up:

Amos; Fabio (Rafael 72), Smalling, M Keane, Evra (Büttner 46); Zaha (van Persie 81), Carrick (Jones 72), Cleverley, Anderson, Young (Lingard 46); Welbeck (Januzaj 46)

NOTE: I will end this post on a sad note however, as Christian Benitez, former striker at Birmingham, died today, aged only 27. He had recently joined El Jaish in Qatar, and was Valencia’s close friend in the Ecuador squad. My sincere condolences to his family members… R.I.P Christian