Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the United States has ended on a defeat, as they went down 1-0 to La Liga giants Barcelona at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on Wednesday.
The loss could have been by a bigger margin if it wasn’t for Utd’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, who kept out a number of goals in the first half by Barca’s big three Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
United had started brightly with Rashford and Lingard causing plenty of problems. Romelu Lukaku tested Barcelona keeper Jasper Cillessen with a long range effort, as did a curling effort from Rashford and a fierce blast from Paul Pogba, all in the space of a few minutes.
Neymar continued to prove his worth during his last match with Barcelona as reports continue of a forth coming move to Paris Saint Germain. He scored his third goal in two games in the 31st minute after capitalising on Antonio Valencia’s mistake to fire home from close range.
This was the Red Devils first defeat after wins against LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Real Madrid on penalties, but far from being disappointed Utd boss Jose Mourinho told MUTV after the match the importance of the loss.
‘It’s very important to lose in pre-season,’ he said.
‘I think it would be very bad for us to leave the US without a defeat against teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and City. It would be very bad to leave just with victories.
‘So the defeat is good. But I think in the game we did very good things. We did bad things too. The good things are to keep, and the bad things are to improve.’
United now fact Valerenga IF in Oslo on July 30 and complete the pre-season with a clash against Sampdoria in Dublin on August 2. They then face Real Madrid once again in the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia on August 8.