It feels like a long time since Manchester United played a game of football and even longer since we saw them score a goal.
Of course, when they take to the pitch against Club America on Saturday morning UK time, the team will have a much different look to it too – with many departures and four new faces.
So much has changed since we were last in America a year ago – a fact that will hit you hard when you watch this video of every pre-season goal scored last year.
Still, it will surely be enough to whet your appetite for football to return. 18 goals scored as a result of hugely encouraging football; that’s something we wouldn’t mind seeing again this time around.
Manchester United preceded their 2014–15 campaign with a tour of theUnited States. They played LA Galaxy in the Chevrolet Cup on 23 July, and also participated in the 2014 International Champions Cup from 26 July to 2 August, playing against Roma, Internazionale and Real Madrid in the group stage.
Having beaten Roma and Real Madrid in normal time, and Internazionale on penalties to win their group, they qualified for the final againstLiverpool on 4 August. After going behind to a Steven Gerrard penalty in the first half, United rallied in the second with goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to win 3–1. Upon their return to England, the team played against Valencia on 12 August in what was Louis van Gaal’s first home match as Manchester United manager.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result
|23 July 2014||LA Galaxy||N||7–0||Welbeck
13′, Rooney (2) 42′ (pen.), 45′,James (2) 62′, 84′, Young (2) 88′, 90′
|26 July 2014||Roma||N||3–2||Rooney
(2) 36′, 45′ (pen.), Mata 39′
|29 July 2014||Internazionale||N||
|2 August 2014||Real Madrid||N||3–1||Young
(2) 21′, 37′, Hernández 80′
|4 August 2014||Liverpool||N||3–1||Rooney
55′, Mata 57′, Lingard 88′
|12 August 2014||Valencia||H||2–1||Fletcher
49′, Fellaini 90+1′