Tour 2017: Lukaku on target

Manchester United v Real Salt Lake

The Red Devils had to fight back from being 1-0 down to eventually see off Real Salt Lake on a 1-2 scoreline, with Lukaku netting the winner, but it was a victory acquired with much pain as they even had to play with 10-men in the second half as Valencia was sent off as well, and Mata left the field with an injury.

United had a very difficult start, and could barely cope with the pace set out by RSL. They were clearly on the backfoot, as Lingard came to the rescue on the 19th minute to prevent Plata from scoring,  but Luis Silva eventually gave the host the lead on the 23rd minute. The goal sparked United into life, and Mkhitaryan found the equalizer on the 29th minute following some good work between Lukaku and Lingard, with the latter setting him up for the goal. RSL proceeded to change the squad almost completely just after the half-hour mark, giving United’s backline some relief. Mkhitaryan became the provider on the 38th minute, as he slotted the ball to Lukaku, who broke the offside trap, beat two defender, rounded off the keeper, and slotting into the net to open his account with the Red Devils.

Mourinho then proceeded with overhauling his own squad with a new one in the second half, but United were in for some more miseries, as first Mata left the field with an ankle injury, then Valencia got sent off for a tackle on Saucedo, which left United with a numerical disadvantage to deal with. Yet, they should have scored a third on the 78th minute, but Smalling inexplicably headed over the bar with an empty net at his mercy. United however held on for the win, but might be in more trouble for their next game, as the noisy neighbours await for the first Manchester derby outside of Manchester.

United first half line-up: J Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, Lindelof, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Pogba, McTominay, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku.

United second half line-up: Romero, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Darmian, Herrera, Fellaini, A Pereira, Mata (Mitchell 59), Martial (Tuanzebe 90), Rashford.

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