Amazulu FC 0 - 1 Manchester United
In an easy run-out that at times resembled a training ground routine, Manchester United easily dispatched South African club Amazulu FC in their first pre-season friendly.
Here are my ratings (out of ten) for the players involved:
Anders Lindegaard: Made a number of impressive saves throughout in the absence of first choice David de Gea (8).
Scott Wooton: His control let him down at times, but never hesitated to throw himself around (6).
Rio Ferdinand: Restrained performance for Rio, who looked a little shaky at times (5).
Frederic Veseli: Still has some developing to do but looks a good option to have in reserve. Withdrawn at half-time (6).
Robbie Brady: Certainly looked determined to impress, throwing himself into tackles. A decent prospect (6).
Michael Carrick: Was a class above most at times. Almost played a suicidal back pass at the beginning of the second half though (6).
Paul Scholes: A decent run-out for the returning legend. His passing wasn't quite as good as we know it can be though (6).
Jesse Lingard: Tried to be the pin in the United wheel, getting plenty of the ball in attacking midfield ahead of Carrick and Scholes and threading some nice passes. Looked very impressive (8).
Who was your Man of the Match?
Federico Macheda: Looked sharp from the off. Scored the only goal of the game with a neat finish and almost grabbed a second just before half-time (7).
Javier Hernandez: Missed a sitter early on. Struggled to make his mark in the game, often crowded out by a congested defence (5).
Dimitar Berbatov: Perhaps looked a little out of sorts in the first ten minutes, but grew well into the game in a deeper-lying role. Almost scored with a cracking volley late in the first half. Important he impressed (7).
Marnick Vermijl: Not much to do, but the right-back looks like quite a promising player going forward (7).
Anderson: Controlled the pace of the game after his introduction. Will hope to kick on next season (6).
Tyler Blackett: An enthusiastic display, but the lanky left-back was fortunate not to give away a penalty at one point (7).
Davide Petrucci: Decent cameo for the skillful youngster. Hit the crossbar with a rasping drive late on (7).
Ryan Tunnicliffe: Not much opportunity to impress for the combative midfielder (6).
Shinji Kagawa: Only five minutes for the man for whom all eyes were on (-).