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teammates in the first half of a Guinness International Champions Cup soccer match at Michigan Stadium, on
Saturday, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. AP PHOTO
Ready to rumble: Sterling is prepared for the rigours of the season ahead.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 4, 2014
ANN ARBOR---Ashley Young
scored twice in the first half, and
Manchester United beat Real
Madrid 3-1 on Saturday in front
of the largest crowd to watch a
football game in the United States.
United remained unbeaten in this
year s International Champions
Cup, advancing to the final of the
preseason tournament under new
manager Louis van Gaal. Javier
Hernandez added a goal in the sec-
ond half for United.
The crowd of 109,318 at Michigan
Stadium broke the previous US
mark of 101,799, set at the Rose
Bowl for the 1984 Olympic final.
Gareth Bale scored for Real Madrid,
but the European champions fin-
ished winless in three matches at
Reigning world player of the year
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been
recovering from the left leg injury
that limited him in the World Cup,
came on surprisingly as a 74th-
minute substitute, although he
didn t have much impact.
"His condition is improving,"
manager Carlo Ancelotti said. "I
think that he needs another week
to train with the teammates, and
then I think he will be ready for the
first game of the season."
United remained unbeaten this
year in the International Champions
Cup, advancing to the final of the
preseason tournament under new
manager Louis van Gaal. Javier Her-
nandez added a goal in the second
half for United.
Gareth Bale scored for Real
Madrid, but the European cham-
pions finished winless in three
matches in the event.
Although United will play in
Monday night s final in Miami, this
was probably the tournament s mar-
quee match, with two of the game s
most storied clubs playing at one
of the largest and most iconic ven-
ues in the US.
"That was incredible," United s
Michael Keane said. "Obviously, it
is the biggest crowd I ve ever played
in front of, and it is for a friendly
in the States. I ve always heard they
don t care for our football, but there
were 109,000 people out there.
That s pretty crazy anywhere in the
Young s first goal was the high-
light. Wayne Rooney flicked a clever
back-heel to Darren Fletcher, who
found Danny Welbeck in the middle,
near the edge of the penalty area.
Welbeck played Young in on the
left, and his low shot beat goal-
keeper Iker Casillas.
"It was a fantastic goal," van Gaal
said. "All the team has touched the
ball, I think. Only for that goal, you
come to the stadium."
Bale equalized in the 27th minute,
converting a penalty kick after being
pulled down by Keane.
Young put United back ahead in
the 37th minute, playing a long cross
in from the left. Casillas had to
maintain his position near the mid-
dle of the net because Rooney was
a threat to head the ball---but instead
it sailed past the star striker and
bounced in at the far post.
Hernandez made it 3-1 in the
80th minute, heading past Casillas
from close range off a fine cross
from Shinji Kagawa.
United is hoping to bounce back
from a seventh-place finish in Eng-
land last season---the team did not
even qualify for the second-tier
Europa League. Van Gaal is taking
over after leading the Netherlands
to the semifinals of the World Cup.
"It s a new system, and we re
getting used to it, but we re happy
with what we ve done so far," Young
said. "Obviously, it is a great feeling
to score two goals, but those were
both set up by my teammates. The
first one was a beautiful team move."
Madrid, meanwhile, won a record
10th European title earlier this year,
but Ronaldo and his teammates
should be plenty motivated after
crosstown rival Atletico Madrid won
the league title in Spain.
Although Ronaldo played a bit
Saturday, several of Ancelotti s other
stars didn t, including Karim Ben-
zema and newly acquired James
Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.
"We can t be ready, obviously,
the way we are. We have players
that just joined up a week ago,"
Ancelotti said through a translator.
"Obviously, the team isn t neces-
sarily accustomed to playing with-
out Cristiano or some other players,
but it s normal that we re going
Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling
claims he is in no hurry to be handed
a new contract with the Premier
League club. Sterling s displays last
season as the Reds finished second
behind champions Manchester City
earned him a place in England s World
Cup squad for the tournament in
Brazil this summer.
That has led to suggestions that the
19-year-old forward could be tied down
to a lucrative new long-term contract,
but Sterling insists he is yet to speak
with manager Brendan Rodgers over
his future. He told reporters: "I don t
know anything about a new contract.
I am just here, playing football, and if
the manager comes to me with a new
deal, then that s his decision.
"But I m not in any rush at all. I am
happy to just be playing football.
"Hopefully, I will continue to learn and
improve. This is a great environment
to be in at this moment and I am really
Sterling accepts that his performances
last season will lead to a significant
increase in the attention he receives
from opponents. But the talented
youngster feels that provided he keeps
his cool he will be able to cope with
any treatment which is meted out in
He added: "It s part of the game real-
ly, the physical side of it. You are going
to get defenders that want to make sure
you know their presence is there, and
make sure it s being felt.
"It is all part of it---you ve got to keep
your temper and keep calm, and try to
play the game and try to score so they
know it s not all about the physical part
of the game. "I think if you are getting
kicked a lot on the pitch, it means you
are a threat to the opposition because
they want to stop you as early as pos-
"In this game, you ve just got to look
at people like Messi or Ronaldo---they
get kicked all the time, I think they are
doing something right. "So that s why
people try to stop them as early as pos-
"I m not saying I m a Messi or Ronal-
do, but it s the same that if you are in
an attacking position, defenders will
try to kick you.
"It is part of the game---you just have
best. I like taking defenders on.
"I am learning each day and taking
it all in my stride. I will definitely be
keeping a cool temperament and doing
my best for the team."
Poyet pays tribute to fans
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has
thanked the club s supporters for their
backing during the pre-season tour of
Sunderland drew their final game of
the trip 0-0 against Vitoria Setubal on
Saturday evening and Poyet is happy
with the progress his team are making.
He told his club s official Web site: "The
fans were magnificent, they sang
throughout the game. They ve travelled
far to back us and I was delighted to
see so many there, they made us feel
at home. They are magnificent for the
club and for the players.
"I think the game was pretty similar
to the one we played the other day, but
obviously with a different result. "It s
more about the way we play, the way
we pass the ball and how the players
get themselves into positions and they
got into great positions. "We were very
good in the first half; we showed good
control on the ball and we had lots of
possession. The game was a perfect
opportunity for the players to continue
working on the fitness and preparing
for the season."
Manquillo set for Liverpool
Liverpool is set to make their seventh
summer signing after striking a deal
with Atletico Madrid for defender Javi
The 20-year-old right-back is due
on Merseyside today to undergo a med-
ical and complete the formalities of
what will be a two-year loan move.
Liverpool will have the option to buy
the Spain U20 international---seen as
a potential successor to Juanfran for
both club and country---next summer,
though the fee will be dependent on
his number of appearances for the Reds.
While Manquillo should soon follow
Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lal-
lana, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren
and Divock Origi through the door,
goalkeeper Pepe Reina continues to be
linked with an Anfield exit.
The Spaniard is back in Brendan
Rodgers fold after spending last season
on loan at Napoli but Sky sources
understood AC Milan are keen to secure
his services, with long-standing No 1
Christian Abbiati coming to the end
of his career.
Reina has two years of his contract
still to run but his wages---believed to
be in the region of £90,000 a week---
appear the chief stumbling block to
either a permanent or a temporary
Sterling: No rush for new deal
sees Man U beat
Real Madrid 3-1
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