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Nani, Anderson, Henriquez all stood out.
Vidic also very solid. Bebe with a very promising cameo. Options for Moyes when he finally has the whole side back together.
Lively spells in the second half for the boys in Red – a good workout for the squad ahead of of the Community Shield at Wembley this Sunday.
FULL-TIME: 1-1 – the whistle is blown.
Van Persie good work on the edge of the area, out to Bebe on the left, but his cross again hammered out.
Freekick deep in United’s half to the Reds. 30 seconds remaining
91′ – AIK play it through the defence but Smalling snuffs out the danger.
The home side have the ball and play it across the back.
Away but back out to Bebe and fired back in but headed away. Back in from Carrick but the keeper collects.
2 minutes added time to play.
Bebe takes the corner.
About to come into the final minute. Bebe crosses, away fro a corner.
88′ – Ball in to Van Persie from Bebe again on the left.
It’s a great chance. Headed straight at the goalkeeper. Positive again from the Portuguese.
Corner for the home side.
Met with a header wide.
86′ – Bebe offside. Ball through from Henriquez.
Bebe pulls a ball accross the box but there’s nobody on the end of it. Good ball from him.
Evra loses the ball in midfield but adjudged to have been fouled.
Immediately played through to Welbeck who cant control the aerial ball. If he controls, he’s in.
5 minutes left, still 1-1.
Anderson has also worked very hard tonight. Perhaps another relishing the chance to show the new manager that he is capable of starting in this side.
Henriquez very much being looked for by United every time we’re on the ball in the final third.
Great that the side are showing great confidence in his ability to make something happen.
82′ – Bebe looking lively and very confident. Receives the ball on the left, teases the full-back.
Welbeck trying to create an opening. Bebe crosses to Henriquez who spark a goalmouth scramble, Anderson can;t convert.
Great initial ball in from the Portuguese winger.
10 minutes remaining in the Friends Arena.
78′ – clash of heads with Vidic. The Serb comes off the better, the AIK striker looks less enthused.
SUB: Welbeck has also come on replacing Zaha.
Bebe has moved over to the left side of midfield.
77′ – SUB for United. Giggs comes off with a rapturous reception from the home crowd and is replaced by Bebe.
76′ – Van Persie meets the corner, just passed the post with his glancing header at the near post. May have done better, but did well to escape his marker.
Another change from AIK before the corner is taken. Another Swedish teenager enters the field.
75′ – corner for United. Giggs attempts to volley over the keeper. Blocked.
75′ – United crowd out a the lone striker of AIK.
More pressure being applied by United.
Jones and Bebe being readied to come on. Rafael looks a little uncomfortable.
Evra crosses into Henriquez, out from the home side.
Sub for the home side again, they bring on a 17 year old Swedish midfielder.
Amos hasn’t had much to do since coming on, aside from picking the ball out of his net from an unstoppable strike.
72′ – AIK probing again. Smalling ushers the ball out for an Amos goal-kick.
Dangerous cross into AIK striker Kamara but Smalling beats him to it and nods it away.
Attendance: 30,012 read out by the stadium announcer.
70′ – Giggs delivers, the header is met by Vidic again but he couldnt keep the ball down and it’s well over for a goal kick.
Evra pours forward and hits one from the edge of the area. Blocked, corner for the away side.
United still looking to score, another magnificent bit of skill from RVP puts Henriquez in who has the ball caught under his feet and is eventually met with the keeper.
68′ – 1-1 – good spell from United.
Henriquez, who has looked fantastic since coming on bags a poachers goal from Zaha’s cross across the box in the air. Left footed aerial tap-in.
Great for the young lad.
GOAL !!!!! 1-1
Birthday boy Van Persie fires into the wall.
Henriquez with a great turn on the edge of the area. Brought down. FREEKICK for United. Van Persie lining up.
66 mins gone.
65′ – Rafael through to Henriquez, collected by the keeper.
An injection of energy in this last 5 minutes from United.
Regarding the penalty – the GK looked to have got the ball. Seen them given.
64′ – offside Henriquez again. Looks a poor decision from the assistant referee.
More play in the AIK box from United, Henriquez bought down, no penalty given.
Giggs through to RVP who shows some great skill to pass with an outside drag-back through to an offside Zaha.
The crowd making some more noise now. Plenty of Reds in attendance.
62′ – Henriquez offside. Looks to have a good eye for a run like Javier Hernandez.
Moyes also out on the touchline barking advice and encouragement.
Welbeck warming up on the touchline.
61′ – Rafael forward, Zaha overlaps and crossed to RVP but the big defender for AIK heads away. Reds maintain possession.
Bit of space as Giggs is given the ball in the box, blocked. Fired back in from the Welshman, but the keeper again collects after it bounces. Good pressure.
Decent effort from the edge of the right of AIK’s area from Henriquez, it’s just blazed over.
He’s working hard and looking to take his chance to impress. He hasn’t looked out of place thus far.
SUBS for AIK being made here. Two changes.
57′ – United are trying to get at the AIK defence, eventually out for a throw.
56′ – Giggs crosses on the left into Henriquez but the keeper just collects ahead of the Chilean’s reach.
More threaded passes on the edge of United’s area but they’re matched with red shirts.
Giggs’ chip forward to RVP headed away. AIK move forward again. A burst of pace on the right eventually met with Vidic to clear.
55′ – Good work on the left to retain the ball by Henriquez again on the left as United look to probe again.
It’s a powerful effort to Amos’ right, it has dip and swerve but just goes wide. Unlucky.
54′ – dangerous freekick for AIK on the edge of the United area. They’re lining up to take this.
3 subs left for United – Bebe, Jones and Welbeck all awaiting their chance.
Let’s hope they won’t be forced changes.
Corner and Vidic heads into the ground at the near post, it just bounces over, clipping the top of the bar on the way out. Very good effort from the Serbian.
Henriquez meanwhile has forced a corner. 52 minutes gone.
Smalling will finally come on as Evans gives in. He’s wincing as he limps off.
Evans looks uncomfortable but signalling to the bench for another minute. Smalling sits back down.
Goal kick to the home side, Rafael poured forward.
Evans is limping off, a possible thigh or hamstring injury. It doesn’t look serious but no risks will want to be taken.
The home side are pouring forward again, a great fast passing move but it just trickles into Amos’ grasp.
Evans looks to be struggling with a knock. Smalling being readied.
It really was a fantastic finish. United respond with a half attempt from the kickoff.
It’s a world class goal from AIK, intricate front line movement and passing and their number 15 curls one in to Amos’ top left hand corner. No chance.
GOAL!!! 1-0 AIK
47 – throw in deep in the AIK half for the home side. A tentative start from both sides.
‘Oh Robin Van Persie’ chants can be heard in sections of the crowd.
AIK have also removed their top goalscorer this season (they’re midway through their league).
No outfield changes for United.
Seconds in and a heavy challenge on the halfway line from Evra. Freekick.
AIK have also made a change in goal.
Teams out for the second half.
Ben Amos is replacing Anders Lindegaard in goal for the Reds.
Nani’s first half highlights being shown – backheels, runs, incisive passing. Looks like a new lease of life for the Portuguese.
Let’s hope for United’s sake he finds some consistency this season. When he finds it, he’s a potential world beater, but as we know, when he’s not, he can be very frustrating.
A star from the United ’99 Treble winning side, Jesper Blomqvist is a guest on MUTV for this one.
Time for a brew for all – we’ll be back shortly ahead of the second half.
It’ll be interesting to see if Moyes tinkers with the team at half-time.
The home side have caused United problems.
No surprise that Nani is not risked ahead of the new season. If he begins the new campaign looking as lively as he did tonight, it’ll be no time until he’s firing.
Whistle blown for half-time. Good half from both sides, Nani sadly off after a lively performance.
0-0 at the break.
United just keeping the ball.
An attempt to play through to RVP called offside.
Approaching half-time now. Moyes parading the touchline, hands on hips.
Ball over the top to Zaha who has popped up on the left, plays it in but easily cleared again from the AIK defence.
Corner away, but United keep the ball.
Rafael tries to cross but it’s blocked
42 – Corner for United
Very open game so far. Both sides have looked threatening. The home side have had the better of the chances.
Ball is popped out to the left and some audacious step-overs from AIK’s number 9 beats Carrick but it’s blazed over
It didn’t look offside from Henriquez. Great control from him
6 minutes until the break
Giggs’ corner is deep and Rafael picks it up, gives to Carrick who plays a sublime ball over the top to Henriquez who controls but is adjudged offside.
Van Persie forces a corner
Seems like Henriquez will play wide left support RVP with Zaha.
Good early run from him but no joy in escaping from the full-back
Zaha back on the right tries to cross but its cut out and cleared. AIK playing the ball across midfield.
More fantastic interchange up top for AIK but the chance is hit well over. The home side certainly looking dangerous. United need to be wary.
Corner to AIK – danger cleared but AIK retain possession
Intricate play in United’s box from AIK and their number 21 hammers it from close range at the near post straight into Lindegaard who made himself big.
Henriquez seems to be playing close to RVP, formation not very clear at present
33 mins gone now – United looking to get forward
Zaha looks to have popped up on the left hand side for now.
Good chance for Angelo Henriquez, the young Chilean striker. With Rooney’s future in doubt, striking options will be welcomed by all.
Disappointing for Nani who has put in an encouraging shift.
Sub for United: Nani off, Henriquez is on.
Seems to have picked up a knock
Effort from AIK from the edge of the area. Well over
Freekick away and United break, AIK manage to clear the danger.
Dangerous freekick for AIK. Moyes & Neville look unhappy on the bench.
Challenge from Rafael draws a foul.
A fantastic long through ball from Giggs to Nani, but the defender intercepts
27′ – the home crowd have come alive a little. Still slightly tentative from both teams. A good contest so far
CHANCE! A fantastic ball through the defence and AIK beat Rafael to the ball, forcing a strong save from Lindegaard
24′ – Reds pressing higher up the field
Smart pass in midfield from Carrick to Giggs who runs at the defence, throw-in
United looking very positive in our wing play, with Nani particularly looking for the ball as often as possible.
Anderson also central to our positive attacks.
Zaha turns on the right but cannot force a way through the defenders who have doubled up on him.
22 mins gone in Stockholm
United probe but as the AIK defender hacks clear the danger
United slowing down the possession across the backline, easing it in midfield, inviting the home side to press
19 gone and another effort from RVP on the turn, generates a smart save from the keeper
Nani feeds through to Anderson who then feeds through to RVP but he is challenged to run for another goal kick
An easy effort saved from Lindegaard but the reds break and Van Persie flashes one across goal which is just wide of the keepers right post
The reds are looking livelier now, some good, sharp passing across midfield. Nani looks hungry for the ball
Nani beats his man to the by-line and gets a cross in which is hacked away by the defence
11 mins gone and Zaha runs with pace down the right wing and cuts in giving it to Anderson who is unlucky in not crafting a solid chance.
Ball fell out left to Nani who’s shot was eventually blocked
Some fantastic but dangerous trickery from AIK’s number 9 at the edge of his own area by the corner.
Zaha sticks a foot in to let it run for a goal kick
Some good pressing in midfield wins back possession for United
8 minutes gone and the home side are looking comfortable at the moment. AIK are midway through their own league season and so looking very sharp
Another effort from AIK this time was met with several blocks from Vidic and Evra before finally going out for a goal kick
First opportunity of the match and it’s from the home side with a strong effort from the goalkeepers left which ended up flying past the right hand post
Nani has looked lively on the left hand side with some trickery and interchanges with Evra/Anderson trying to probe his way through the AIK defence
We’re underway in the Friends Arena and United have controlled the possession thus far
Apologies for the delay, we’ve had some technical issues.
No Wayne Rooney tonight of course. He was expected to return this evening but has been ruled out with a shoulder injury by the club.
Although speculation has mounted he refused to travel for the game in order to force through a move to Chelsea.
Also potential for a more traditional 4-3-3 formation with Giggs patrolling a central midfield role alongside Michael Carrick & Anderson.
It’s still unclear how United will line up for this one. Potential lineup of 4-4-1-1 with Nani and Zaha occupying the wings and Giggs sitting behind Van Persie.
Subs bench this evening: Amos, Jones, Smalling, Welbeck, Henriquez, Bebe
United XI starting tonight’s game against AIK of Sweden:
Lindegaard; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Carrick; Anderson, Giggs; Nani, Zaha, Van Persie
Good Evening all – around 30 minutes until kick-off from the Friends Arena in Sweden.
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