Monday 25 September 2017

United suffer another shock pre-season defeat in Yokohama

Jesse Lingard was on target today
Jesse Lingard was on target today
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa waves to fans after their friendly soccer match against Yokohama F Marinos, as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013
Manchester United's Phil Jones challenges Yokohama Marinos' Andrew Kumagai (R) during their friendly soccer match as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013
A supporter of Manchester United waves an Union Jack flag before their friendly soccer match against Yokohama F Marinos, as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013
Manchester United fans take pictures of Shinji Kagawa as he comes back to a pitch after half-time during a soccer friendly match against Yokohama F Marinos during Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013
Supporters of Manchester United cheer players before their friendly match against Yokohama F Marinos, as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard (R) celebrates with teammate Robin van Persie after scoring against Yokohama F Marinos during their friendly soccer match as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013
Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj (bottom) fights for the ball with Yokohama F Marinos' Dutra during their friendly soccer match as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, center, kicks the ball to score the team's first goal against Japan's Yokohama F-Marinos during their friendly soccer match in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (R) challenges Yokohama F Marinos' Shohei Ogura during their friendly soccer match as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, left, fights for the ball with Japan's Yokohama F-Marinos Yuta Narawa, right, during their friendly soccer match in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. F-Marinos won 3-2. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Manchester United's Phil Jones, right, fights for the ball with Japan's Yokohama F-Marinos Kosuke Nakamachi during their friendly soccer match in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. F-Marinos won 3-2. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Yokohama F Marinos' Fabio (top R) scores against Manchester United during their friendly soccer match as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa greets fans after a friendly soccer match against Yokohama F Marinos during Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (2nd L) substitutes Adnan Januzaj (R) during their soccer friendly match against Yokohama F Marinos during Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj (C) challenges Yokohama F Marinos' Yuzo Kobayashi (L) and Kosuke Nakamachi during their friendly soccer match as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's Robin van Persie (L) challenges Yokohama F Marinos' Yuhei Sato during their friendly soccer match as part of Manchester United's Asia tour 2013 in Yokohama, south of Tokyo July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Simon Stone

Manchester United suffered their second defeat in three pre-season matches as J League outfit Yokohama F Marinos struck late to sink David Moyes' men.

Jesse Lingard had scored another goal to continue his impressive run of form but despite holding a half-time lead, United were unable to keep their advantage.

In the stadium where they won the World Club Cup in 2008, not even the introduction to great acclaim of Shinji Kagawa, who amazingly was named man of the match, could inspire United to victory, with Yoshihito Fujita netting the winner three minutes from time.

Having named a youthful starting line-up, manager Moyes must have been delighted at the manner in which they responded to a quite unexpected early setback.

Their hosts piled forward straight from the kick-off but when David de Gea produced an acrobatic save to deny veteran Brazilian striker Marquinhos, United thought they had been let off the hook.

Instead, they struggled to regroup and when the ball was played back into the box, Marquinhos, the 37-year-old, was on hand to turn it home with a first-time effort.

Not even half a minute had been played.

It must have been a substantial positive for Moyes that none of those young heads went down.

Indeed, two of them combined to haul United level after 18 minutes.

Lingard scored twice in Sydney on Saturday and is evidently in form.

The 20-year-old played a pass out wide to Wilfried Zaha, then continued his run as the young England international burst into the box.

Masakazu Tashiro stretched to cut out the cross but Lingard pounced on the loose ball to take himself one clear of Danny Welbeck as the tour's top scorer.

Tashiro was not having the best of evenings and it was his own goal that gave United their advantage as he tried to clear a vicious Adnan Januzaj free-kick.

Jonny Evans failed to convert decent chances either side of the interval, the second in particularly should have been a goal, only for the Northern Ireland international to turn Zaha's cut-back wide.

United had cause to regret that miss as, with the crowd distracted by national hero Kagawa's first appearance to warm-up, Marinos defender Fabio climbed highest at the far post to head home direct from a corner.

Welbeck spured a glorious opportunity to restore United's lead virtually immediately and the visitors were still level on the hour when Kagawa was introduced.

The Japan star only started training properly yesterday after an extended break following the Confederations Cup.

Clearly, though, some kind of appearance was expected and he slotted in the middle of three attacking players operating just behind Welbeck.

Every touch was greeted with a sense of excitement and Kagawa almost set up a winner for fellow substitute Ashley Young, only for the England international's shot to get deflected into the side-netting.

A draw would have been a fair result but after good work from Jin Hanato, Fujita had the final word.

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