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Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur earn victories in International Champions Cup

Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur earned impressive wins over European giants Real Madrid and AC Milan.

football Updated: Aug 01, 2018 11:26 IST
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Manchester United teammates celebrate the goal of forward Alexis Sanchez (7) against Real Madrid during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at Hard Rock Stadium.
Manchester United teammates celebrate the goal of forward Alexis Sanchez (7) against Real Madrid during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at Hard Rock Stadium. (USA TODAY Sports)
         

Alexis Sanchez continued his fine pre-season form in Manchester United’s 2-1 win at the International Champions Cup, though Vinicius Jr showed there is life after Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

Sanchez opened the scoring for his second goal in two matches and teed up Ander Herrera before half-time as the Red Devils wrapped up their United States tour on a winning note in Miami.

Madrid were playing for the first time since Ronaldo swapped the Champions League holders for Juventus, but Brazilian sensation and debutant Vinicius starred under new head coach Julen Lopetegui on Tuesday.

With Madrid after finalising his €45million move from Flamengo, Vinicius was a shining light as the flamboyant 18-year-old showed glimpses of his enormous potential for the Spanish giants, who completely dominated in the second period after Karim Benzema reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time.

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Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure throughout the pre-season tour, unhappy with the lack of transfer activity and the absence of his stars however United – who were routed 4-1 by Liverpool last week – still manage to field a strong starting XI, which included David de Gea, Fred, Sanchez, Mata, Herrera, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw.

Spurs edge out Milan

Tottenham ended their International Champions Cup tour on a high as Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s 47th-minute strike gave Spurs a 1-0 win over AC Milan.

N’Koudou scored powerfully a minute into the second half to put Premier League side Tottenham in the ascendency after Milan had created the better chances in the opening period on Tuesday.

The French winger could have doubled Tottenham’s lead but he was denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma, whilst Patrick Cutrone and Franck Kessie came closest for the Rossoneri – who are reportedly close to signing Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara – in Minnesota.

Tottenham and Milan last met in the Champions League round of 16 in 2010-11, when Spurs advanced 1-0 on aggregate and it was another low scoring night at the U.S. Bank Stadium.