Wednesday July 25, 2012 July Finished

Shanghai Shenhua 0 - 1 Manchester United

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  1. Kagawa scores as United beat Shanghai

    Kagawa scores as United beat Shanghai

    Shinji Kagawa netted his first goal for Manchester United as a dominant display ended with a 1-0 victory over Shanghai Shenhua. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Shanghai Shenhua
    • Manchester United
    • FULL TIME: Shanghai Shenhua 0-1 Manchester United. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+1' Brady nearly sets up Chicharito but Shenhua clear the danger.
    • 90' There will be two added minutes here.
    • 88' Shanghai finally get out of their own half but a wildly optimistic shot goes well over.
    • 87' Chicharito heads it back to Bebe but he can’t quite get it out from under his feet.
    • 85' Scholes concedes a free kick as Shenhua make another change.
    • 84' A miracle that United are only a goal to the good here.
    • 83' Hernandez finds a tight angle to shoot and it bounces of the angle of the woodwork and out for a goal kick.
    • 82' Bebe does well to keep the ball in and his cross is headed behind for another corner.
    • 81' Bebe crosses across the face of goal following a lovely Scholes backheel but Chicharito can’t quite reach it to poke home United’s second.
    • 79' Yet another shot comes in, again from Bebe. Shengjiong saves.
    • 78' Vicious shot from Bebe punched away. United turning it on now.
    • 77' Vermijl crosses for Scholes who should have scored with a free header.
    • 75' Scholes running the show in midfield since coming on. Class is permanent.
    • 74' Lingard concedes a free kick and Shenhua have brief respite.
    • 73' Scholes sets up Tuncliffe but he blasts well over.
    • 71' United subs: Paul Scholes, Jesse Lingard and Marnick Vermijl on for Anderson, Antonio Valencia and Frederic Veseli.
    • 70' Chicharito wins a free kick and the Chinese contingent are enjoying this.
    • 69' Valencia finds Chicharito and that could have been two with better control.
    • 68' GOAL UNITED! Bebe ghosts past the Shenhua defence before crossing for Kagawa who lashes his shot into the net. That has been coming.
    • 67' Chicharito concedes possession and Anderson concedes a free kick.
    • 65' Another shot comes in from Bebe and again Shengjiong is called upon to make a smart save.
    • 64' The ball falls kindly to Bebe in the box off Chicharito and his vicious shot is saved point blank. United turning up the heat now.
    • 63' Veseli again causing problems down the right but his cross is blocked.
    • 61' Kagawa shoots on the edge of the box and Shengjiong scrambles down to save well.
    • 60' United enjoying even more of the ball than in the first half and Shanghai have been camped in their own half.
    • 59' United sub: Chicharito on for Macheda.
    • 58' Macheda goes down in the box but nothing given. Looks like he slipped. Paul Scholes is warming up.
    • 57' Macheda tries a neat flick into the box from Anderson’s pass but it has too much on it and lands in the keeper’s hands.
    • 56' Triple substitution for Shenhua but no sign of their big stars.
    • 55' Kagawa plays in Macheda and he really should have scored with just the keeper to beat. Good save though. Another great chance.
    • 54' Valencia causing havoc down the right but he is blocked out by two defenders.
    • 53' Valencia plays in another dangerous ball but Shenhua scramble it away again.
    • 51' Tuncliffe gets in a shot and Shengjiong saves it out for a corner. All United now.
    • 50' Macheda finds Kagawa in the box but he can’t turn and get his shot away.
    • 49' Free kick in a dangerous area for Shenhua but Wang Shouting pokes it over the top of goal.
    • 48' It was Petrucci who made way for Bebe.
    • 48' Kagawa’s shot is blocked and it falls to Bebe whose shot is inches wide of goal!
    • 47' Valencia finds Anderson in the box but his shot is blocked.
    • 47' Bebe straight into the action. He finds Valencia who wins a free kick.
    • 46' United subs: Sam Johnstone replaces Anders Lindegaard in goal, while Ryan Tunnicliffe and Bebe replace Nick Powell and Davide Petrucci, respectively.
    • We’re back underway here at the Shanghai Stadium. Can United break down this resolute Shenhua defence and will we see Drogba and Anelka in action?
    • HALF TIME: Shanghai Shenhua 0-0 Manchester United
    • 45' Only a minute added on here.
    • 44' Wang Lin strides forward again but his ball only finds Valencia and United have it back.
    • 43' So that’s one clear cut chance to each side this half.
    • 42' Great chance Shanghai and a great saved from Lindegaard. Griffiths is played clean through but the United keeper saves brilliantly with his legs and it’s over for a corner.
    • 41' Ferdinand taking up an advanced role now, really trying to get United going but Powell concedes a free kick. Frustrating.
    • 39' Veseli crosses into the box and Macheda nearly finds space to shoot.
    • 38' Griffiths has gone down clutching his leg. He has been tended to and is going off the field.
    • 37' Shanghai defending deep are proving tricky for United to break down here.
    • 36' Aussie striker Joel Griffiths strides forward into the United half but is quickly dispossessed.
    • 35' United certainly look the more likely to score with Shenhua’s chances limited to sporadic breaks with little support.
    • 34' Another half chance for Macheda played in by Valencia but his shot from an acute angle finds the side netting.
    • 33' Macheda wriggles to find space for a shot in the box but again Shenhua defend well and it is smuggled away.
    • 32' Yan Song races to latch onto a pass but Veseli tracks back well.
    • 31' Very patient play from United who string dozens of passes together. But there is no end product and Shanghai win it back after a shot is blocked.
    • 29' Anderson finds Kagawa inside the box and for a moment there is a shooting chance but the ball gets trapped under his feet and the moment is lost.
    • 27' A rare spell of possession for Shanghai but Fan Linjiang’s ball goes out of play.
    • 26' Valencia beats one man on the wing but tries to do it again and it dispossessed. A little too selfish there.
    • 25' But it’s a poor ball from Petrucci that Veseli can’t reach and it’s out for another goal kick.
    • 24' United looking more composed now and dominating possession.
    • 23' United really should be a goal up here. It was good control by Powell but the finish was woeful.
    • 22' What a chance for United! Petrucci finds Powell with a perfect ball and only the keeper to beat but he scuffs his shot wide. Really should have scored.
    • 21' Brady can’t keep it in play down the left and it drifts out for another goal kick. This match yet to really spark into life.
    • 19' Petrucci finds Macheda in the box but he can’t quite swivel and get his shot off. Danger for Shenhua though.
    • 18' Kagawa tries to play in Petrucci but the move ends in a goal kick as the ball goes out of play.
    • 16' Petrucci finds space to get his shot away on the edge of the box but Qiu scrambles across to save. The shot lacked real venom.
    • 15' Better passing triangles from United but Shenhua break it up.
    • 14' Xiong Fei plays it back to the keeper as Powell receives some off field treatment. Shanghai build again.
    • 13' Fergie is off his seat and looking very grumpy indeed! Powell back to his feet.
    • 12' Powell this time concedes a free kick for a clumsy challenge on Wang. United slow to settle here.
    • 10' Kagawa just fails to play in Valencia. Good defending by Shenhua.
    • 9' Shenhua have started this game brightly and are not intimidated.
    • 8' Wang Lin again causing problems down the right and Shanghai have their first shot on goal through Yan Song. Lindegaard saves.
    • 7' Zheng win the ball and sets Wang Lin away down the right. It runs out for a United goal kick.
    • 6' Brady looks for a free kick. Nothing given.
    • 5' It’s wasted as Macheda strikes it straight at the wall.
    • 4' Brady looking lively down the left flank early on for United. Macheda wins a free kick.
    • 3' Brady gets across to the byline and crosses it in but Qiu is there to catch.
    • 2' This time it is Brady who concedes the foul and gives Shenhua their first free kick. Fairly even start.
    • 1' United wearing their traditional red shirts with white shorts, Shanghai all in blue. Brady draws the first foul of the game.
    • We’re underway here in Shanghai with United looking to continue their unbeaten run on this pre-season tour.
    • 12.55 Shanghai Shenhua: Qiu Shengjiong; Xiong Fei, Moises, Qiu Tianyi, Wang Lin, Fan Linjiang, Zheng Kaimu, Wang Shouting, Wang Hongliang, Yan Song , Joel Griffiths.
    • 12.50 The last time United played in Shanghai was in the Treble-winning year of 1999. The Reds won 2-0 against Shenhua with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer netting after an hour before setting up Teddy Sheringham for the clincher.
    • 12.45 The news filtering through is that there will be no Didier Drogba or Nicolas Anelka in the Shanghai starting line-up. Disappointing for the watching fans but let’s hope they feature at some point.
    • 12.40 The game marks United’s third pre-season friendly after defeating Amazulu 1-0 in Durban and drawing 1-1 with Ajax Cape Town thanks to a late Bebe strike.
    • 12.35 MAN UTD: Lindegaard; Veseli, Ferdinand, Carrick, Brady, Valencia, Powell, Petrucci, Anderson, Macheda, Kagawa.
    • 12.30 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Shanghai Shenhua v Manchester United from the Shanghai Stadium. Kick off 13.00 BST.
  • Summary

    • 81' Bebe crosses across the face of goal following a lovely Scholes backheel but Chicharito can’t quite reach it to poke home United’s second.
    • 78' Vicious shot from Bebe punched away. United turning it on now.
    • 77' Vermijl crosses for Scholes who should have scored with a free header.
    • 68' GOAL UNITED! Bebe ghosts past the Shenhua defence before crossing for Kagawa who lashes his shot into the net. That has been coming.
    • 65' Another shot comes in from Bebe and again Shengjiong is called upon to make a smart save.
    • 61' Kagawa shoots on the edge of the box and Shengjiong scrambles down to save well.
    • 55' Kagawa plays in Macheda and he really should have scored with just the keeper to beat. Good save though. Another great chance.
    • 51' Tuncliffe gets in a shot and Shengjiong saves it out for a corner. All United now.
    • 48' Kagawa’s shot is blocked and it falls to Bebe whose shot is inches wide of goal!
    • 42' Great chance Shanghai and a great saved from Lindegaard. Griffiths is played clean through but the United keeper saves brilliantly with his legs and it’s over for a corner.
    • 34' Another half chance for Macheda played in by Valencia but his shot from an acute angle finds the side netting.
    • 29' Anderson finds Kagawa inside the box and for a moment there is a shooting chance but the ball gets trapped under his feet and the moment is lost.
    • 22' What a chance for United! Petrucci finds Powell with a perfect ball and only the keeper to beat but he scuffs his shot wide. Really should have scored.
    • 19' Petrucci finds Macheda in the box but he can’t quite swivel and get his shot off. Danger for Shenhua though.
    • 16' Petrucci finds space to get his shot away on the edge of the box but Qiu scrambles across to save. The shot lacked real venom.
    • 8' Wang Lin again causing problems down the right and Shanghai have their first shot on goal through Yan Song. Lindegaard saves.
    • 12.55 Shanghai Shenhua: Qiu Shengjiong; Xiong Fei, Moises, Qiu Tianyi, Wang Lin, Fan Linjiang, Zheng Kaimu, Wang Shouting, Wang Hongliang, Yan Song , Joel Griffiths.
    • 12.45 The news filtering through is that there will be no Didier Drogba or Nicolas Anelka in the Shanghai starting line-up. Disappointing for the watching fans but let’s hope they feature at some point.
    • 12.35 MAN UTD: Lindegaard; Veseli, Ferdinand, Carrick, Brady, Valencia, Powell, Petrucci, Anderson, Macheda, Kagawa.

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