AIK vs. Manchester United: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
International club friendly: AIK vs. Manchester United (6:30 p.m. BST; 1:30 p.m. ET)
06 August, 2013
Friends Arena, Stockholm
AIK XI: Stamatoupols, Johnansson, Backman, Milosevic, Kayongo-Mutumba, Borges, Bahoui, Quaison, Ofori, Moro, Igboananike
Manchester United XI: Lindegaard, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Zaha, Anderson, Nani, Van Persie
Second-half goals from Robin Quaison and Angelo Henriquez delivered a 1-1 draw for the more than 32,000 spectators on hand to watch Manchester United take on hosts AIK in Stockholm on Tuesday.
United, who started a strong side in this friendly, began the match well and were benefitting from an especially energetic performance from Nani before the Portugal winger limped off with an injury with only a half-hour gone.
Angelo Henriquez, who spent last season on loan at Wigan, came on as his replacement and would make his presence felt in the second period.
But it was AIK who went into the break on the front-foot, having forced a pair of decent saves out of United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard—Kennedy Igboananike, in particular, coming close to opening the scoring.
The hosts did manage to beat their famous guests to the scoresheet when Quaison’s spectacular strike left substitute goalkeeper Ben Amos with no chance just four minutes after the restart. Played into the clear by Martin Kayongo-Mutumba, who had an exceptional match, the 19-year-old’s powerful, curling effort found the top right-hand corner of the goal from all of 23 yards.
United struggled to come back into the match after falling behind but were eventually pulled back into the contest by Henriquez, who by this time was torturing the AIK defense.
After the Chile international was hauled down by Ibrahim Moro in the 67th minute Michael Carrick’s ball after the subsequent free-kick was blocked found Wilfried Zaha out on the right, and although at least three United players were offside at the moment of the cross Zaha had managed to check his run before placing an accurate pass to Henriquez, who had only to tap the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer.
Both managers rung the changes after that, and perhaps the best chance for a winner came after substitute winger Bebe had crossed accurately to Robin van Persie, who just couldn’t get enough power on his header from in close.
In the end the draw was probably the right result for both sides, although a lack of creativity from the middle will have no doubt driven home United’s need to acquire a playmaking midfielder.
One last time, Quaison's spectacular goal to open the scoring for AIK against Manchester United.
FT in Stockholm: AIK 1-1 Manchester United
They've just announced the "Men of the Match" at Friends Arena: Kayongo-Mutumba, who was excellent, and Nemanja Vidic, who is about to complete a full 90 minutes.
89' Bebe - yes, him - puts in a nice cross for Van Persie, whose header is weak and stopped easily by Carlgren.
86' AIK goalkeeper Carlgren scoops up Henriquez' effort from an impossible angle without a problem. Moments earlier he raced out and completed a vital challenge on Welbeck.
83' Just as I type that Anderson tracks back and makes an important defensive intervention. Why I'm not a manager, I suppose.
Not sure how many more chances Anderson should be getting.
81' Welbeck operating from the right flank.
78' United with a pair of changes: Bebe has replaced Giggs and Welbeck has come on for Zaha.
72min Attendance at 30,012 tonight in Stockholm which coincidentally, is what it'll be at OT if Moyes doesn't sign something, anything.— Kenny Hassan (@KennyWFDLive) August 6, 2013
Henriquez' equalizer for Manchester United.
Can't stand the offside rule, myself. Personally I think there is always "involvement," no matter the position of a particular player. But the rules are the rules, and Zaha kept himself in an onside position before releasing his cross to Henriquez.
68' GOAL UNITED! And from the resulting free-kick it's Henriquez, himself, who finds the back of the net! Three United players were in offside positions when Carrick floated an accurate ball through to Zaha, but the England U-21 international had kept himself onside and crossed nicely for the Chilean, who had a tap-in.
67' Moro is forced to bring down Henriquez, who has impressed at times since replacing Nani in the first half. At the very least he seems to be providing some much-needed energy.
65' Bright stuff, finally, from United in the attacking third. Henriquez with a decent layoff, although I don't know why he didn't take the initial shot.
It's like Man United and Barcelona have a bet on to see who can go the longest without signing a player they so obviously need.— All Or Nothing Mag (@AllorNothingMag) August 6, 2013
63' United looking very poor now. They've really offered nothing since the restart, especially through the middle.
Here's the Quaison stunner that opened the scoring.
55' AIK quite nearly take a 2-0 lead after Bahoui's free-kick from distance goes just wide of the target.
Both sides can make five changes in this match, by the way.
53' There's the change - Smalling for Evans. At the break we also had Amos come in for Lindegaard in the United goal, and Persson replaced Borges for AIK.
51' Now it looks as though Evan has picked up a knock. Smalling getting ready to replace him.
49' GOAL AIK! Quaison with an absolutely spectacular shot from distance that curled into the top-right corner of the United goal, right where the owl sleeps! Stunning opener.
46' And we are back underway in Stockholm following a scoreless opening half.
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