Manchester United enjoyed a winning start to their International Champions Cup campaign after winning a penalty shoot-out 9-8 against AC Milan at Carson’s StubHub Center in Los Angeles yesterday.
Alexis Sanchez was on target as Manchester United defeated AC Milan on penalties in their International Champions Cup friendly. Chilean international Sanchez was United’s best performer in a low-key game at Carson’s StubHub Center which finished 1-1. Sanchez fired United into the lead with a well-taken goal on 12 minutes before Spanish midifelder Suso equalised for Milan three minutes later. United got off to a quick start after 12 minutes, as Scott McTominay rose high to knock a long ball down to Juan Mata, whose unbelievable volleyed pass played Sánchez onside and through on goal. Sánchez sent Gianluigi Donnarumma the wrong way to put the Red Devils ahead.
The lead would only last three minutes, however, as Leonardo Bonucci’s delivered a stunning long ball of his own to split the defence and sits up perfectly for Suso, who volleyed the equaliser beyond the reach of Grant.
Just after half-time, Sánchez sprayed a fantastic ball out to Pereira on the right and received it in some style, volleying an effort inches wide of the Milan goal. Patrick Cutrone missed a golden opportunity for Milan a short time later, lashing the ball wide with only Joel Pereira to beat after a fantastic ball by Fabio Borini.
After 90 minutes, the teams went to a shootout. United keeper Joel Pereira had the chance to win it with United up 3-2 in the fifth and final round, but was no match for Pepe Reina. The former Liverpool keeper stepped up to the spot himself and sent his opposite number the wrong way to send the shootout to sudden death.
It would be anything but sudden, however. Alessio Romagnoli had the chance to give Milan the win immediately after Eric Bailly’s penalty was kept out by Reina, but the Italian struck the post to keep it going.
After three more rounds of made penalties, 19-year-old Ethan Hamilton ‘s effort was blocked by Reina .Pereira would come to his rescue though, tipping Josè Mauri’s effort . After a pair of converted penalties for each side, Franck Kessie attempted an outrageous chip that sailed over the bar to give United the victory in the ICC.