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Manchester United edge past AC Milan in International Champions Cup friendly

Alexis Sanchez was Manchester United’s best performer in a low-key game vs. AC Milan which finished 1-1 and was eventually won 9-8 by Jose Mourinho.

football Updated: Jul 26, 2018 15:32 IST
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Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez (7) moves the ball away from Milan defender Luca Antonelli (31) in the second half during an International Champions Cup soccer match at Stubhub Center. (USA TODAY Sports)

Alexis Sanchez was on target as Manchester United defeated AC Milan on penalties in their International Champions Cup friendly here Wednesday.

Chilean international Sanchez was United’s best performer in a low-key game at Carson’s StubHub Center which finished 1-1.

Sanchez fired United into the lead with a well-taken goal on 12 minutes before Spanish midifelder Suso equalised for Milan three minutes later.

Although Sanchez produced a lively performance for United, the Premier League giants were unable to find a further goal, sending the game to penalties.

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A bizarre shoot-out was won 9-8 by United, with both teams having to recycle their penalty takers after a string of missed spot-kicks.

Ander Herrera fired United into the lead in sudden death with his second penalty before Ivorian youngster Franck Kessie chipped his spot-kick over the bar to give United the win.

United’s Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Pereira, deputising for the absent David De Gea and Sergio Romero, said he hoped his performance in the shoot-out had helped his bid to win a place in manager Jose Mourinho’s squad.

“Obviously I have been the last 18 months here and the manager shows good faith and trust in me, he wants me to play and he thinks it’s the right thing for me,” Pereira said.

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“I will find out next week where I play next season.

“I want to prove the manager the faith he put in me is right.”

First Published: Jul 26, 2018 12:15 IST