Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Henriquez salvages draw for United

Angelo Henriquez grabbed Manchester United's equaliser in the second half

Substitute Angelo Henriquez spared a strong Manchester United side's blushes with an equaliser in the Premier League champions' 1-1 friendly draw with AIK in Stockholm.

Henriquez, who spent the latter half of last season on loan with Wigan, tapped into an empty net from Wilfried Zaha's cross to cancel out Robin Quaison's superb strike just after half-time.

It had been an even match prior to the opener - with AIK striker Kennedy Igboananike wasting several chances in particular - although United dominated after falling behind.

Martin Kayongo-Mutumba's defence-splitting pass put the Nigerian clean through on goal midway through the first half but Igboananike could only fire straight at United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.

Robin van Persie should have put United ahead soon after, but his point-blank shot was straight at AIK goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos.

United's defence was opened up once again although to their credit, they forced Igboananike wide of goal and is denied once again by Lindegaard, who was replaced at half-time by Ben Amos.

One of the substitute's first tasks was to pick the ball out of the back of the net after Quaison turned his marker and sumptuously fired into the helpless Englishman's top corner in the 49th minute.

David Moyes' men have been a little below-par in the pre-season matches thus far, with two wins from five matches, although they responded strongly, with Nemanja Vidic heading down into the pitch and off the crossbar from Ryan Giggs' corner.

And the visitors were level in the 68th minute after Zaha's low cross on the right side of the penalty area was comfortably slotted home by Henriquez at the far post.

United continued to dominate proceedings although Van Persie, celebrating his 30th birthday, wasted a golden opportunity to seal victory late on when his free header went wide.

Manager Moyes was slightly frustrated by the result but was happy with the workout, as well as seeing star striker Van Persie and club captain Vidic play for the full 90 minutes.

"He (Vidic) was probably the big thing tonight to get him through - and Robin as well for 90 minutes. We wanted to make sure he had 90 minutes under his belt," the former Everton boss told MUTV.

"It was a tough enough workout for us, they played some good stuff for a period, but if we'd have taken our chances, I think we'd have won the game."

Meanwhile, record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel netted his first Norwich goal in a 1-1 friendly draw against Champions League hopefuls Real Sociedad at Carrow Road.

The £8million summer transfer from Sporting Lisbon turned the ball home from close range following a header from fellow new recruit Leroy Fer at a corner after 11 minutes.

Manager Chris Hughton, who had midfielder Bradley Johnson back from a knee injury but rested England goalkeeper John Ruddy, saw his side enjoy the best of the first half.

Norwich looked lively again after the restart, however the Spaniards, who finished fourth in the Primera Division last season, slowly got into the match and it was no surprise when former Arsenal man Carlos Vela equalised after 65 minutes with a neat finish from just inside the Norwich penalty area.

Charles Green made his return to Ibrox as Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly against Newcastle United. A Lee McCulloch penalty with five minutes on the clock gave Rangers an early lead, which was cancelled out in the final minute by Newcastle substitute Shola Ameobi.

Summer signing Nicolas Anelka bagged a hat-trick as West Brom thumped League of Ireland Premier side Cork City 6-0. The Frenchman netted in the 25th, 47th and 63rd minutes to take his tally to six goals in as many pre-season matches for his new side.

Graham Dorrans scored twice, netting just before half-time and in the 77th minute, while Shane Long was also on the scoresheet, notching just after the interval.

Hull's pre-season tour to Germany ended with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Eintracht Braunschweig.

Swiss forward Orhan Ademi opened the scoring eight minutes after half-time when he slotted home from Mirko Boland's right-wing cross.

Substitute Gianluca Korte sealed victory five minutes from time when he headed past Tigers goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic following Benjamin Kessel's cross.

West Ham were also beaten in Portimao, going down 1-0 to Portuguese outfit Braga in the Guadiana Tournament.

Rafa scored the only goal of the game in the 63rd minute, reacting quickest after Yazalde had seen his shot palmed away by Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

Everton's third and final game of their United States tour ended in a 1-0 defeat against Valencia.

Michel Herrero's second-half strike proved decisive at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, condemning the Toffees to a sixth-place finish at the eight-team International Champions Cup.

Despite the defeat, manager Roberto Martinez felt the trip had proved valuable.

"The weather was extreme. The humidity in Miami made it a difficult exercise," said the Spaniard, who handed a first start to teenager Gerard Deulofeu following his loan switch from Barcelona.

"The first goal was going to be essential today. It allowed the other team to get the ball and keep it a bit easier and we got a bit frustrated towards the end."

He continued on www.evertonfc.com: "We played Real Madrid and Juventus and Valencia and it has been an important workout and it has been great for me to get a lot of information on partnerships and individuals in view of the start of the season. From that point of view it has been real success."

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