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Manchester United are the real deal in hit and miss shootout

 

By Kieran Canning

Manchester United's perfect record Stateside continued as they edged out Real Madrid 2-1 in a dismal penalty shootout after an equally uninspiring 90 minutes ended 1-1 in baking conditions in Santa Clara, California.

United missed three from the spot and Madrid four.

Jesse Lingard put United ahead in normal time, applying the final touch on the brink of half-time as he tapped into an empty net after Anthony Martial had danced past Dani Carvajal and Luka Modric in a rare moment of quality.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane made 11 changes at half-time and a far more inexperienced side performed much better after the break and got their reward when United new boy Victor Lindelof dived in on Theo Hernandez to concede a penalty, which Casemiro fired home 20 minutes from time.

United had the best chance to seal victory in the 90 minutes as Marouane Fellaini somehow contrived to fire wide with only Kiko Casilla to beat.

Martial, Lindelof and Scot McTominay all missed from the spot for United in a comical shootout, but Madrid fared even worse as David de Gea showed what Real have missed out on in not following their interest in the Spanish international by saving from Mateo Kovacic and Oscar, whilst Hernandez and Casemiro failed to hit the target.

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