United 2 - 1 Boca Juniors
O'Shea, Cathcart, Brown (Ferdinand 37), Fabio (Evra 77);
Valencia (Nani 68), Anderson (Fletcher 77), Carrick (Scholes 77), Park (Giggs 68);
Rooney, Macheda (Berbatov 68)
In my last blog I claimed that Anderson will never score and here I am looking like a complete jackass once again. Anderson scored his first goal in a United shirt and it was an absolute beauty! New boy Valencia put in an excellent performance and scored in the process. If he plays like he did today I expect him to bag at least 10 goals during the course of the season. I was highly impressed by Fabio, Antonio and debut boy Cathcart. Anderson and Carrick ran the show in midfield while Macheda and Rooney didn't have the best of games. This match supports my opinion that Macheda is not yet ready to face the 'big' teams. Kuszczak showed that he's a good goalie but cannot kick a ball without sending it in the side stands while Wes Brown got injured. I hope it's nothing too serious.
The first half was a joy to watch but the second half was a different story. United never really reached the level and tempo of the first 45 minutes. Maybe the long journey from Asia has had it's effects on the players because some looked exhausted after the break.
All in all it was a good match were we got to play against a decent team rather than the poor teams we played in Asia. United will play the Audi Cup final tomorrow vs either Milan or Byern. It's just a friendly tournament but it's a great chance to start the season with a moral boosting tournament win and prove to all the doubters that there is life after Ronaldo.