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Inter Milan vs. Manchester United: Score, Grades, Reaction for Pre-Season Match

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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2014

Manchester United and Inter Milan played out a 0-0 draw in their International Champions Cup fixture on Tuesday night in Maryland, with the English side triumphing 5-3 after a penalty shootout.

Neither side managed to create a great deal from open play, and it took until the eighth penalty for Marco Andreolli to be the first player to miss a spot-kick. United's penalty-shootout win gave them two points in their group, while Inter took one.

One of the intriguing names on the teamsheets was Inter Milan centre-back Nemanja Vidic, who of course moved from United in the summer after his long spell at Old Trafford. He was at the heart of the Inter three-man defence, which mirrored United's continued 3-5-2 formation.

The early exchanges saw United have the majority of possession, but few chances were created at either end regardless. Vidic headed a couple of efforts over the bar, while at the other end Samir Handanovic denied first Phil Jones and then Jonny Evans in quick succession.

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Wayne Rooney lofted a shot over the bar in one of the few sighters of goal that United's three most attacking players had in the first half.

Five minutes before the end of the first half, Rooney, Juan Mata, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck were involved in a flowing move, the best of the game, but Mata's cross was cleared before a shooting chance fell the way of either forward. Mata then drilled a shot in from distance, but it was off target, and the half ended without a goal.

After the break, United made sweeping changes to the XI on the pitch—just Evans and Ashley Young remained. The likes of Luke Shaw, Shinji Kagawa and Nani all played their part, while summer signing Yann M'Vila came on for Inter Milan.

The match continued to be cagey and low tempo, but Nani did link well with Kagawa around the hour mark to poke a shot off target before Young spurned more than one chance to cross from the right flank.

COMO, ITALY - JULY 04:  Nemanja Vidic is seen during an FC Internazionale Milano training session at Appiano Gentile on July 4, 2014 in Como, Italy..  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Vidic was applauded by all as he took his leave during the second half, but other than a Tom Cleverley drive off target, that was about as exciting as the match got as it meandered toward what seemed an inevitable 0-0 draw.

There was one more moment of note late on as Mauro Icardi thundered a free-kick on target, forcing David de Gea into a good save, while Wilfried Zaha dragged a low shot off target.

There was no goal to separate the sides in 90 minutes, and penalties ensued, with all of the first seven spot-kicks finding the back of the net.

Andreolli then smashed the crossbar with his, leaving Fletcher to score the winning penalty and seal a 5-3 shootout win.

 

Key Player Grades

Nemanja Vidic, Inter, Defender: B

Vidic was deployed in the centre of Inter's three-man back line and quickly looked dominant. He won the ball aerially at both ends of the pitch and was seen barking orders at his team-mates from the first whistle, despite only joining the team recently.

He dropped deeper than the other defenders at times to keep an eye on the game and generally distributed the ball well with the additional time therefore afforded to him.

 

Wayne Rooney, United, Forward: C+

Rooney didn't really see too much of the ball in the first half as Inter's deep line and packed midfield denied time or space on the ball. He was involved in their best move of the half as he linked with Darren Fletcher and Juan Mata but never troubled Samir Handanovic.

Along with most of his starting XI team-mates, he was subbed off at the break.

 

Luke Shaw, United, Wing-Back: C

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English teenager Luke Shaw came on at the break in place of Antonio Valencia, playing at left wing-back and thereby shifting Ashley Young across to the left.

He managed to break forward once early on in the half but saw his cross blocked, before leading a counter-attack down the left on the hour mark. Thereafter, United predominantly attacked down the right, leaving Shaw a bystander. He supported play well at times but needed to do little defensively.

 

Post-Game Reaction

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal on the transfer market: "We are doing well but we are looking for defenders." pic.twitter.com/bssnxi2wUs

— FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) July 30, 2014

On Good Morning Sports Fans hear from Luke Shaw on Louis van Gaal's assessment that he isn't fit enough #SSN

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 30, 2014

Van Gaal says he's happy with how team has defended on tour but admits 'we are looking for defenders'.

— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) July 30, 2014

Van Gaal says he's happy with how team has defended on tour but admits 'we are looking for defenders'.

— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) July 30, 2014

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