Union stand tall in 1-0 loss to powerhouse Manchester United

Posted on 21 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

An impressive 44,213 were on hand to watch Manchester United eke by the Philadelphia Union 1-0 at Lincoln Financial Field. A Gabriel Obertan finish was the difference late in the match after an entertaining display from both sides of attacking play.

The tempo was a problem for the Union early on but all was quickly adjusted as both teams calmed a relatively frenetic pace and settled for end-to-end attacking soccer. Manchester United threatened early and often with the front work of Danny Welbeck and young winger Gabriel Obertan finding space behind the Union’s fullbacks, namely Jordan Harvey. After the 15 minute mark, however, the Union awoke from their slumber, opening up the game and unleashing a formidable attack led by playmaker Fred. Danny Mwanga put on one hell of show wrong-footing Jonny Evans and turning Fabio on several occasions, a performance that could put him on a few European shortlists.

A youth revolution at the half must have channeled Mwanga’s first half energy as the first 10 minutes of the second half was all Union. Jack McInerney had two early chances, one of which trickled by the left post. Mwanga continued his dominance of a preseason form defender in Jonny Evans.  In the end, however, it was a Jordan Harvey turnover that sunk the Union. At 75 minutes, Danny Welbeck received the ball within the 18 and dropped a quick ball off to an onrushing Gabriel Obertan. Brian Perk, showing his Celtic FC performance was no fluke, cut down the angle but Obertan was able to slot the ball under him to make it 1-0. The Union continued to battle valiantly with a range of opportunities, close and. McInerney troubled the defense, even new trialist Martin Rivas had a flash here and there, but overall the final ingredient was missing. A single finish.

It was refreshing to see the young players get a run out as many impressed but with chance after chance, and this being a running theme for the season, it was disappointing not to see the Union get one. United did not disappoint with efficient, though rarely flashy, soccer. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov, and the ever chippy Paul Scholes saw the field to fits of applause and Manchester United started their Tour of America off with a 1-0 win over a team they will surely come away respecting.

Philadelphia Union Starting Lineup

——————————-Knighton———————————

Orozco Fiscal——Califf————–Arrieta—————Harvey

———————Miglioranzi——-Coudet————————-

Le Toux————————————————————Fred

————————Mwanga———Moreno———————–

Manchester United Starting XI

——————————-Kuszczak———————————-

O’Shea————–W.Brown———–Evans——————Fabio

Obertan————Cleverley———Scholes—————–Giggs

———————-Macheda———-Welbeck———————-

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