Ajax Cape Town vs. Manchester United: 5 Things We Learned

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Ajax Cape Town vs. Manchester United: 5 Things We Learned
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"It wasn't a pretty game in the most part, but the final 5 minutes were sensational. Ajax Cape Town looked on course for the win, but another late equaliser for United saves them again." - Yahoo Eurosport UK

If you're looking for a two-sentence summary of the Ajax Cape Town vs. Manchester United game, that about sums it up.

For 86 minutes, both teams struggled to produce any moments of note. The tempo of the game was almost dead, and chances on goal were far and few in between.

But when substitute Alcardo van Graan flicked in the opening goal of the game for Ajax Cape Town off a corner in the 87th minute, suddenly the game burst to life.

United pushed the tempo way up, took 2-3 shots on goal, and were finally rewarded in stoppage time with their equalizer, a goal converted off a ground cross by Bebe, also a substitute.

Friendly games are used primarily by managers to improve their players' fitness, but there are a few lessons and observations in this one that should be kept in mind going forward for United.

Here they are.

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