FINAL SCORE: Manchester United 3, San Jose Earthquakes 1. Mata, Depay and Pereira) scored for the EPL side. Alashe Scored For San Jose.
CALIFORNIA, Sporting Alert – Manchester United beat San Jose 3-1 in an International Champion Cup pre-season game at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Tuesday night.
The English Premier League giants were collecting their second win on the tour, following the 1-0 victory over Club America last Friday.
MATA GOT THINGS UP AND RUNNING
Juan Mata got things rolling shortly after the half-hour mark when he put Manchester United on the board. The Spain playmaker picked up a pass from Ashley Young just outside the penalty area with some space, which he used to take a touch inside the box and fire a shot at goal.
His Man United teammate Memphis Depay took a swing at the delivery but missed as Mata’s attempt curved past him and hit the left post on its way into the net.
DEPAY MAKES THEM PAY
Five minutes later Depay and Manchester United were celebrating again as the winger pounced on a sloppy back pass from Jean Pierazzi to put the English Premier League side up 2-0.
Clever pressure from Wayne Rooney saw Pierazzi trying to play his way out of danger, but only succeeded in putting his team under further pressure as Depay read the play well and scored his first goal in a Manchester United shirt.
However, just when manager Louis van Gaal was getting ready to prepare his halftime team talk, Manchester United switched off and conceded a goal three minutes before the break.
Morgan Schneiderlin fell asleep at the back and was made to look silly by Shea Salinas, who smartly turned away from his marker inside the box before sending a cross for Fatai Alashe to dispatch past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
YOUNGSTER AMONG THE GOALS TOO
But Manchester United restored its two-goal cushion on the hour mark when Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard combined to set up Andreas Pereira. A nice build up resulted in Herrera laying off a pass for Lingard to put a cross inside the box for the Brazilian Pereira to head home and make it 3-1.
Marc Pelosi squandered a glorious opportunity to pull another goal back for the Earthquakes in the 70th minute, but the midfielder went for power and ended up blasting his shot high and wide into the stands with only Johnstone to beat.
Stats: Final Game: Manchester United v San Jose Earthquakes
Despite the San Jose Earthquakes going down and being out-played, the spirit in the stands never dropped, as the supporters cheered on their team all the way to the final whistle.