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United will look a different side at Wembley, make no mistake.
We must also remember that Rafael, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Chicharito, RVP and Rooney were all absent tonight
Some positives to take from the game – Januzaj’s performance, no injuries, the fact that Sevilla played very well at times (not much to do about that). I’m clutching at straws, I know.
We must remember that it is just a testimonial and, but for the final goal, fans may have been a little more upbeat given the second half showing.
Rio does not look happy. Neither does David Moyes.
FULL TIME. United 1-3 Sevilla
Nearly 4 there. A mis-hit shot the only thing separating us from a three goal advantage for Sevilla.
Henriquez’s compatriot Bryan Rabello with the goal. Looked like it might be offside but it’s a great call from the assistant.
GOAL! 3-1 Sevilla.
Approaching the 90th minute here. United hardly laying siege on the Sevilla goal.
Zaha does brilliantly to fashion himself a chance from 20 yards out. His shot is just dragged wide.
Free kick is straight through to De Gea.
Sevilla keeping hold of the ball well here. Winning fouls to eat up time. They have a free kick on the near side which they are taking their time over.
Rio is off for Jonny Evans. He gets a huge standing ovation.
Corner makes it’s way through where De Gea saves a shot and Sevilla miss an open goal from 3-4 yards out.
Sevilla making a change and they now have a corner. Just under ten mins to go.
Januzaj looking so good. Can’t praise the lad enough for his performance tonight.
Chances galore for United now. Zaha has a shot saved, Januzaj does wonderfully well to get past defenders in the box and plays the ball back to Buttner who has a shot blocked, as does Carrick.
15 minutes to go here.
Some great play by United but a ball across goal is just beyond the reach of Jesse Lingard.
Zaha plays a decent ball out wide to Buttner but his shot goes over the bar.
Sevilla have made another change.
Bacca has an attempt but it is blazed over the crossbar.
Valencia appeared to dedicate his goal to his compatriot Christian Benitez, who was killed last week in a car crash.
Great ball from Januzaj again but Lingard heads wide.
Incidentally, Januzaj is exactly ten years younger than Ronaldo to the day.
Januzaj looking very good. Not quite the excitement that came from Ronaldo ten years ago but similarities for certain.
Goalscorer Valencia off, along with Anderson and Kagawa I believe.
Zaha, Carrick and Giggs on.
A mass of changes from United here before the restart.
Terrific play from Januzaj in the build up. Has a shot saved by Beto, picks up the rebound, skips past the defender and plays a great ball across to Valencia who finishes with aplomb.
GOAL! 2-1. Valencia!
Wilf Zaha is about to come on! I’m all excited again.
Buttner does wonderfully well on the left hand side and gets the ball across into the area where efforts are blocked.
Anderson gets forward again but Kondogbia makes a wonderful challenge. Moyes should sign him up, yes?
Marin gets into another great position but his effort is well wide.
Not much really happening at the moment. Sevilla have made a change.
United playing some pretty passes in midfield where they work it out to the right. Valencia’s delivery is poor though.
Corner comes to nothing.
Must admit that Anderson hasn’t looked too bad, particularly in the early minutes of the second half.
Anderson plays a ball out wide to Valencia who then wins United a corner.
Januzaj receives the ball on the edge of the penalty area and tries to bend one past Beto. The ball goes just over the crossbar.
Owen Hargreaves having a little moan on BT Sport that lesser squad players don’t receive medals at the end of the season. Wonder why that is close to his heart?
Anderson harries Kondogbia on the edge of the Sevilla box. The latter loses the ball leaving Kagawa in on goal but referee deems Anderson’s ‘challenge’ a foul.
At least this means Kagawa is playing in a more familiar role.
Buttner is clattered on the near side. 48th minute.
Januzaj appears to be playing as the lone front man with Kagawa just off him.
Not 100% that leaves us with a striker…
They will replace Henriquez and Cleverley.
Lingard and Jones coming on.
Edwin van der Sar is on the screen. Can’t see his face without thinking of his screams of ‘Ja!’ after his save from Anelka in the European Cup penalty shootout.
A break for a few minutes from me. I will grab myself a brew and freshen up. See you in 5
A really poor opening half from United. Very few chances and when we have had chances, they have been wasted. Hopefully a Moyes team talk will have a galvanising effect on the side.
HALF TIME. United 0-2 Sevilla.
Anderson’s cross comes all the way through to Valencia on the right side of the penalty area. Valencia then hits a poor effort high into the crowd after cutting inside. Should have done better.
Back to Kagawa, I remember hearing an interview with Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp a while back where he expressed his dismay at the lad being played out wide.
United exposed again on that right side. Sevilla work it down there again and Bacca hits a terrible effort over the bar.
Shinji Kagawa is a wonderful footballer but just doesn’t look comfortable on the left.
Henriquez looking isolated up front when Januzaj drops deep. Kagawa seems wasted out on the left.
Considering the ability within this United side, none of the players (bar Januzaj) have done themselves any justice.
Marin has been very bright for Sevilla. United’s best player has probably been Januzaj. Only player who seems to have had any fight within him.
Sevilla work the ball out wide. The ball is played to Marin who has an attempt saved by De Gea onto the crossbar. Unlucky.
This is pretty drab. Not much happening at the moment. Half time can’t come quick enough for United and David Moyes.
Kagawa works the ball out to Buttner and his cross falls to Valencia who plays it back in and Kagawa’s header from six yards out is saved by Beto. He should have scored.
Just over ten minutes until half time. Moyes going to have to make some changes here. United’s midfield completely overrun. Kagawa having no influence on the game.
United have a free kick.
…which Anderson takes. Nothing comes of it.
Kondogbia with some beautiful skill…in his own box.
United break and Fabio’s ball into Kagawa isn’t controlled well and United win a corner that is subsequently played short and wasted.
United seemingly missing Carrick’s methodical passing in midfield. Just can’t seem to get any hold on the game.
Sevilla go close again soon after. Worrying signs here. Atmosphere is a little flatter now.
Great interplay by the aforementioned three for that goal. Vitolo squared to Marin in front of goal. The Chelsea loanee made no mistake.
A poor goal to concede. Great play by Marin, Bacca and Vitolo but United’s defence should be good enough to prevent a goal like that.
GOAL! Marin. 2-0 Sevilla.
Sevilla pressing again. But they concede a free kick on the edge of United’s 18 yard box.
Very cool finish from Perotti there. De Gea perhaps at fault. Slow to get off his line.
GOAL! Perotti. Sevilla lead 1-0.
Sevilla holding onto the ball now and having a relatively decent amount of possession in the United half.
Bacca gets into the box for Sevilla. He is brought down, no penalty given. Looked suspect. Clumsy challenge from Kagawa.
Buttner gets forward immediately after but a poor ball from him goes out for a goal kick.
Long range strike from Buttner is almost spilled by Beto but he hangs on.
Another ball into the box from Sevilla is cleared again and United work the ball out wide to Valencia. His cross is poor and the ball is back in United’s midfield.
Approaching the 15 minute mark here. Still 0-0.
United attempt to work it into the box via Cleverley and Kagawa but it rolls out for a goal kick.
United having a healthy amount of possession on the edge of Sevilla’s box here. Anderson wins a free kick approximately 25 yards from goal.
Wonderful ball from Januzaj to Henriquez. One on one with the goalkeeper, but Beto comes out on top against the young Chilean.
Every time United get beyond the halfway line, the crowd appear to be up on their feet.
Marin breaks down the right for Sevilla and floats a ball into the box, nothing comes of it though.
Not too much action here in the opening minutes of this game.
Januzaj appears to be playing quite far forward, almost alongside Henriquez in attack.
BT Sport appear to have a ‘Moyes Watch’ camera which appears at the bottom left of the screen. A little strange.
Sevilla have a free kick which eventually results in Perotti placing another poor attempt wide.
That corner leads to another corner, which is once again cleared.
Corner cleared. Sevilla play the ball around at the back and bring it forward. Marin with some skill in the box which has resulted in another corner.
Sevilla break on the left, Perotti has a tame shot that has deflected off Rio for a Sevilla corner.
And we’re off. United kicking from left to right on the screen. Which leaves United attacking the Stretford End in the second half. Business as usual.
So, three minutes past 7:30 and still no kick-off. Rio being presented with commemorative shields galore by the looks of it.
If my ‘#ITK’ sources are correct, the ‘half-time surprise’ will not be a new signing/return of Ronaldo/a giant spaceship.
I’m told magician Dynamo, Boris Becker and Jimmy Nesbitt will be gracing OT with their respective presences. Not what was expected/hoped for, but a ‘half-time surprise’ it will remain.
Sevilla actually played last night in a Europa League qualifier. They won 6-1.
Sevilla lost Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo in the summer to our city rivals.
Marko Marin starts for Sevilla tonight. He is on loan from Chelsea after having very few chances last season for them.
Sevilla side for tonight – Beto, Figueiras, Fazio, Pareja, Alberto, Medel, Kondogbia, Marin, Perotti, Vitolo, Bacca
My personal favourite Rio moments (and probably the favourites of most United fans) have to be his goals against Liverpool in two separate games at Old Trafford in 2006.
So many times his defensive ability has got United out of crisis situations and his partnership with Nemanja Vidic has formed, arguably, the best central defence United have ever had.
Rio has divided opinion amongst a lot of Reds for years. I must confess to being a huge fan.
He’s helped United to win five titles, a European Cup, an FA Cup and three League Cups since then.
So, now to the man of the moment. Rio signed back in 2002 and made an instant impact as we wrestled the title back from an excellent Arsenal side that next season.
I’m assuming that the first game of the season against Swansea will see Carrick line up alongside either Anderson, Cleverley or *insert new signing’s name here*
Kick off is in 20 mins.
Subs appear to be – Lindegaard, M.Keane, Evans, Jones, Carrick, Lingard, Bebe, Giggs and Zaha.
Not confirmed on BT Sport yet though.
Anderson, who has looked leaner and much better this pre-season, will be one of the players most eager to impress.
David De Gea aside, that is.
Rio looks to be the only player who would be considered a certain starter for the opening game of the season.
United’s line up – De Gea, Fabio, Smalling, Ferdinand, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson, Cleverley, Januzaj, Kagawa, Henriquez.
United drew 1-1 last time out with AIK. It was a drab affair but young Angelo Henriquez impressed and bagged himself a goal in the process.
United’s pre-season has been a mixed bag so far. 2 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses.
Unbeaten in last three though, so that’s a plus point.
Hi there! Welcome to the live blog of Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial. 40 minutes until kick-off, so team news will follow shortly.