David de Gea showed Actual Madrid what they may be missing by playing the hero act for Manchester United as they won 2-1 on penalties right after a 1-1 International Champions Cup draw in California on Sunday.
The Spain international, a long-time reported target in the Champions League winners, saved spot-kicks from Mateo Kovacic and Oscar before Casemiro hit the crossbar with his shoot-out kick – having scored from 12 yards in normal time – to hand United victory.
United took the lead shortly ahead of half-time because of a sensational piece of play from Anthony Martial, the forward jinking away from Dani Carvajal, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez to give Jesse Lingard the simplest of finishes in the back post.
Casemiro levelled from the penalty spot following Victor Lindelof could only stop a rampaging Theo Hernandez by crashing into him just before the Brazilian missed the decisive penalty in a poor shoot-out.
United stay unbeaten inside the four matches they’ve played on their tour of the Usa just after holding off Madrid in searing temperatures, while the very first pre-season match for Zinedine Zidane’s guys ended in defeat.
The clubs will quickly clash again as Madrid face United inside the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje next month.
Lingard was one of two players retained from the United group that beat Manchester City 2-0 on Thursday and he had the initial attempt with a shot Keylor Navas had to beat away.
Inside the stifling Santa Clara heat, the game was played at small more than walking pace, and Lingard bent a 20-yard effort narrowly wide just after 40 minutes with Navas well beaten as both teams continued to struggle for attacking momentum at Levi’s Stadium.
But inside the initially minute of stoppage time, a moment of Martial magic supplied the opener.
Brilliant ability from the Frenchman saw him cut inside off the left and evade 3 Madrid defenders just before pulling back a precise low cross that Lingard tapped in from close variety.
Zidane changed his complete XI at the interval even though Mourinho created eight substitutions including introducing Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, with Ander Herrera forced off via injury after just five minutes on the second half.
Madrid have been handed a glorious chance to level the scores right after 68 minutes when a dreadful Lindelof challenge on Hernandez resulted within a penalty.
Casemiro stepped up to smash the spot-kick past De Gea and much more penalties were necessary to discover a winner with neither side making a breakthrough just after Marouane Fellaini wasted a golden possibility with seven minutes to play.
Martial blazed the initial kick properly over the crossbar before De Gea saved from Kovacic and Kiko Casilla denied Scott McTominay.
De Gea’s save from Oscar allowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to nudge United ahead but Madrid responded through Luismi Quezado before Lindelof hit his kick straight at Casilla and Hernandez scuffed wide.
Daley Blind converted his kick to pile the pressure on Casemiro, using the Brazilian thudding his effort against the bar to continue United’s fine run in pre-season.
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