Gabriel Obertan give The Red Devils another victory on USA Tour.
Sir Alex Ferguson had said the MLS has made immense strides since Manchester United last visited the United States in 2004 and, as a hard-fought and slightly fortunate win over Philadelphia Union confirmed tonight, his tribute was not merely an attempt to pay lip-service to an American audience. A 76th-minute goal from Gabriel Obertan was all that separated United from a Union side that has only been in existence since 2008.
Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck, two of Ferguson's principal reasons for confidence in his young players, were paired in attack and demonstrated flashes of the pace and touch required to stake a greater claim next season. Welbeck's movement was also impressive, although his finishing and the Italian's decision-making betrayed their inexperience against a well-organised and athletic Philadelphia Union side.
Welbeck went close from 25 yards in the first half and with an audacious shot on the turn at the start of the second. His simplest chance was also one to regret when, having collected Fabio's cross from the left and stepped inside his marker, the United striker shot straight at Brad Knighton in the Union goal from eight yards.
Manchester United: Kuszczak; O'Shea (De Laet, 77), Brown (Smalling, 61), J. Evans, Fabio (Rafael, 61); Obertan, Cleverley (Fletcher, 61), Scholes (C. Evans, 61), Giggs; Welbeck, Macheda (Berbatov, 61).