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Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City REVIEW: Lukaku and Rashford hit quick-fire double

July 21, 2017 12:23 AM
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Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City REVIEW: Lukaku and Rashford hit quick-fire double

ROMELU LUKAKU and Marcus Rashford scored a quick-fire double to help Manchester United beat rivals Manchester City in their International Champions Cup opener in Houston. See how the action unfolded with Express Sport.

Thanks for joining me folks. I don't think I'll be able to sleep for a week with the amount of caffeine I've consumed tonight - but the entertainment was worth a little sleep deprivation.

I'll be back on Sunday night for Manchester United's next International Champions Cup clash with Real Madrid. We'll be kicking that off at around 8pm.

Keep an eye on the website for all the reaction to tonight's Manchester derby, I'm sure Jose Mourinho's post-match quotes will be there soon!

Manchester United star Paul Pogba: "It's a derby, whether it's a friendly or not - we want to win against Manchester City.

"We have to carry on like this, keep winning and keep that winning mentality because it's important.

"I feel good. My legs are going now. We have to get ready for the big matches like the Super Cup against Real Madrid. You have to beat the best to become the best."

It has been a far happier night for Manchester United than City here in Houston.

Two goals in as many minutes from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford before half time left Pep Guardiola's men dead and buried.

This was just a friendly and also City's first game since arriving in America, but Guardiola's outfit were still well beaten as United made it three wins from three on their pre-season tour.

Sergio Aguero looked disinterested, which might have something to do with the fact Etihad bosses are keen on signing Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe.

Ederson was handed his debut in goal but was far from convincing and if he struggles to proves himself then Guardiola will look a total fool for signing him.

Guardiola made centre back outcast Eliaquim Mangala play left back in the second half in what was a clever and clear reminder to his bosses to sign him a new one - and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco is the man he wants.

Kyle Walker made an impressive debut following his world-record £54m move from Tottenham while teenager Phil Foden was the pick of the City players.

The result will count for nothing, but Mourinho will still love the fact he's beaten old rival Guardiola to strike a psychological blow ahead of the new Premier League season.

FT: MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 MANCHESTER CITY: The Red Devils have beaten their rivals in the International Champions Cup. A quick-fire first-half double from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford did the damage, but questions will be asked of new signing Ederson, who was at fault for the opener.

89: Samir Nasri looks for a cheeky cross to Gabriel Jesus but Eric Bailly is there to head clear. Incidentally, I don't think I've seen Kyle Walker attack once in this match.

87: More than the clinical finishing, I think Jose Mourinho will be delighted with his defence. The Red Devils look solid at the back, and Victor Lindelof's first-half display was encouraging.

86: Just a quick reminder that Manchester United are playing Real Madrid on Sunday, and we'll be covering that LIVE from 8.30pm onwards.

84: Oh behave! Paul Pogba has made a mockery of Fernandinho with some delightful footwork before crossing into the box. I'm sure we'll be seeing hundreds of GIFS of that later today folks. Prepare yourselves.

81: Jose Mourinho brings on Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Andreas Pereira on for Antonio Valencia an Jesse Lingard.

Disallowed goal! Fellaini heads a corner back into the mixer, where the offside Phil Jones poked it against the goalkeeper. Romelu Lukaku blasted it home eventually but the whistle had gone.

Manchester United are cruising towards a comfortable win here in Houston.

Both managers have made lots of changes, which has disrupted the flow of the game.

But Guardiola's men have offered little threat in attack or signs of a genuine desire to get back into the clash.

A rare chance came with 12 minutes remaining when Sergio Romero came out to punch a ball clear.

The ball fell to Phil Foden, but he could only lob the loose ball into the roof of the net. Foden has been one of the few City stars to emerge with credit tonight though.

77: Romelu Lukaku showing signs of fatigue in these final stages. I guess Jose's only got the option of bringing on young Scott McTominay, or pushing Anthony Martial up top.

76: Sergio Romero punches the ball clear and Diaz (I have no idea either) loops the follow-up over the bar. That's about as close as City have come this half.

73: Tell you what, this Ederson fella isn't scared of coming off his line. He's clearly a big fan of Manuel Neuer because he's just rushed out to beat Jesse Lingard like his career depended on it. Who knows? maybe it does.

Fortunately he doesn't repeat his error that allowed Romelu Lukaku to score earlier and knocks it upfield.

69: City just can't get anything going. It's all very laboured and they can't find any space with United pressing like… something that presses I suppose.

66: Anthony Martial will want to make a good impression, especially with rumours of a season-long loan to either Inter Milan or Wolfsburg.

The American fans go ballistic when they think Paul Pogba has slammed a vintage shot past Ederson, but it's hit the sidenetting lads. Calm down.

64: Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial ON. Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan OFF.

62: I've got to say young Phil Foden has been been Manchester City's best player tonight. Quick, confident and stylish in possession. Hopefully he'll get a chance this season. Wouldn't hold your breath though...

Brazil are exactly renowned for their goalkeepers and the £35m man is proving why.

Moments into the second half he was almost caught out by a speculative cross cum shot from Rashford. Ederson had to backpedal to tip the ball behind for a corner.

Then a mistake from John Stones let in Lukaku, who blazed a drive against the woodwork with Ederson nowhere to be seen.

58: Eliaquim Mangala didn't take long to make an impression… a bad one. He's left for dead by speedy Marcus Rashford and drags him down with a challenge that most rugby players would be proud of.

I do feel a bit sorry for him though, why has Pep chucked him at left-back?! It's humiliating.

57: Woodwork! Simply magnificent stuff from Romelu Lukaku. John Stones chests it straight into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who curls a screamer that rattles the bar.

All the evidence so far suggests Lukaku is going to be a serious hit at Old Trafford. Absolutely no idea what Stones was attempting there. Suicidal defending.

The most notable being Gabriel Jesus replacing the ineffective Sergio Aguero in attack and outcast Samir Nasri also coming on.

Guardiola needs to see more spark from his side following United's quick fire double, but with Eliaquim Mangala operating at left back this might not happen.

Mourinho, meanwhile, has replaced Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling with Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, while Matteo Darmian is on the left side of the back four.

53: How's Kyle Walker done? Not seen too much of the £50million signing, but an inauspicious start is better than making a howler. Marcus Rashford goes for a cross/shot that almost loops over Ederson, but the goalkeeper recovers well.

51: These mass changes usually take a while to get to grips with the pace of the match, especially during pre-season. Slightly slower tempo.

49: Manchester United changes - Romero, Jones, Bailly and Darmian replace De Gea, Smalling, Blind and Lindelof.

47: Blimey, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala are on the field?! Haven't seen those boys in years. There's also minutes for John Stones, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Nicolas Otamendi with Fernandinho moving into midfield.

45: Plenty of changes happening at the break. We've not been treated to full confirmation of the substitutes, but I'll bring you them in full shortly.

HT: As for City, well, it's the same old story. Pep Guardiola's side look sharp going forward but the defence is a serious issue.

Vincent Kompany is a yard off the pace, Kyle Walker and Ederson are making their debuts and God knows what Fernandinho is doing at left-back!

HT: On the balance of play, Manchester City probably don't deserve to be trailing 2-0. But the two counter-attacks from Manchester United were scary. Marcus Rashford, and Jesse Lingard's pace combined with Paul Pogba's vision and Romelu Lukaku's clinical finishing is something to behold.

HT: Some bloke on Twitter: "Should sub Blind don't want him to get sent off and miss the next round of the International Champions Cup…" Top bantz.

45: Daley Blind, pronounced wrongly by the American PA announcer is the next in the referee's book.

43: Yaya Toure earns himself a booking for a rather innocuous challenge. It was so innocuous that I didn't actually see it happen. That's why they pay me the big bucks folks...

The deadlock has been broken thanks to two goals in two minutes from United to leave Guardiola's men stunned.

Ederson chose to come out to avert the danger, got beaten to the ball by Lukaku and the Belgium went round him before curling the ball into an open goal from an incredibly tight angle.

Just 120 seconds later United scored again, Mkhitaryan sending in Rashford on the right who blazed his shot past a shell-shocked Ederson.

And one become two. Henrikh Mkhitaryan slips through Marcus Rashford, who fires across Ederson into bottom corner. Two quality finishes from a couple of terrifying forwards.

It didn't take him long to become a hero! Romelu Lukaku scores his second goal in a Manchester United shirt with a cracking finish.

Ederson rushes off his line to meet a speculative ball forward, but Lukaku gets their first and buries it from an acute angle.

Both sides have had chances, while City should have had a penalty when Chris Smalling pulled back Patrick Roberts as he charged into the penalty box.

Roberts was impeded by the referee missed it, to let United off the hook.

It's about honours even so far, although United have created the slightly better openings.

33: Total panic in the Manchester United penalty area. Patrick Roberts collects the ball but Chris Smalling is on him like a rash to block the shot but did he grab his shirt? The England international is back on his feet quickly to stop the follow-up effort from Raheem Sterling.

30: I think if Pep Guardiola learns anything tonight, it'll be that Fernandinho is NOT a left-back! Antonio Valencia is skinning him constantly.

Manchester United win a free-kick, and Paul Pogba quickly says "that's mine" and sends Romelu Lukaku packing. The Frenchman strikes it well, but it's straight into Ederson's arms.

27: These clubs might have to pay compensation for the amount of neck-twisting going on. And in America - I think it's a realistic possibility. End-to-end stuff.

Ander Herrera unleashing another rocket after the cutback but Ederson is quickly behind it. Raheem Sterling responds with a shot of his own that David de Gea tips over.

23: Incidentally, the roof has been closed and the air-conditioning is on full whack!

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is slipped through by Ander Herrera, and his angled shot is parried away. Could easily have been his third-consecutive pre-season goal.

22: Not a big fan of the commentary team on MUTV. I'm don't know the bloke's name, but he keeps screaming whenever the referee makes a dodgy decision. It's a pre-season friendly, mate!

20: This a friendly? I'm not sure Raheem Sterling knows that. He's left a pretty robust challenge on Antonio Valencia, knocking him into the advertising boards, but gets the corner anyway.

Kevin De Bruyne delivers but it's easily cleared. Great tempo, it feels like watching a match in fast-forward.

Phil Foden clearly wants to make a good impression on Pep Guardiola, but he won't achieve that with wayward shots like that.

Seconds later, Sergio Aguero think he's through but the long-reaching leg of Paul Pogba is back to clear the danger. Huge cheers for the Frenchman here tonight.

13: Close! Daley Blind plays a neat one-two with Marcus Rashford before sending a tricky low drive into the six-yard box that Ederson does well to collect.


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