FT: Osaka 2-2 Man Utd

first_imgA late goal from Wilfried Zaha rescued Manchester United from a second successive pre-season defeat against Japanse side Cerezo Osaka on Friday.A 91st minute equaliser from Zaha snatched a draw for United, who twice went behind in the friendly match.United manager David Moyes has now lost two and drawn two of his first four games in charge of the Manchester club.In humid conditions in Osaka, United showed glimpses of quality but struggled to dominate their weaker Japanese opponents.A low driven strike from Kenyu Sugimoto saw Osaka rewarded after creating numerous scoring chances in the first-half.After the break United midfielder Shinji Kagawa missed a penalty against his former club but redeemed himself minutes later when, with his back to goal, he turned to fire a shot through the Urawa keeper’s legs.Osaka then took the lead for the second time in the match through an incredible Tohru Minamino long-range effort that flew past Anders Lindegaard into the United top corner.Jesse Lingard came close to equalising, dragging a shot just wide of the Osaka post in the 85th minue. Zaha then popped up to secure a draw for United in the dying moments of the game to spare manager Moyes’ blushes.United next face Chinese opposition in Hong Kong against Kitchee on Monday 29 July.last_img

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