Manchester United 2 – Valencia 0 (Friendly, August 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Luis Antonio Valencia marked his home debut with a brilliant assist for United’s opener against Lose Che, the Ecuadorian working the space down the right hand side before whipping in a cross that Wayne Rooney planted home. Teenager Tom Cleverley then had a moment the 19-year-old will never forget, scoring his first goal for United at Old Trafford in the 72nd minute. (Second half highlights here.)
Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview can be seen here.
Lyn Olso 0 – Liverpool 2 (Friendly, August 5, 2009) After a generally underwhelming first half in Olso, Liverpool broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime when Andriy Voronin headed home a Babel cross from under the bar. The Reds doubled their lead on the hour mark when David Ngog turned home a Dossena cross.
Rangers 3 – Manchester City 2 (Friendly, August 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Rangers dominated the match with Manchester City early doors with Nacho Novo scoring the opener after 20 minutes. But despite being outplayed the Citizens soon equalised through Stephen Ireland from an Adebayor assist. After the break City moved ahead when Martin Petrov was sent free over the top and the winger headed for goal and scored. But the lead lasted just five minutes before Kenny Miller found an equaliser with a tidy lob. With the game heading for a draw, David Weir popped up with a 90th minute winner for the Gers.
Seattle Sounders 0 – Barcelona 4 (Friendly, August 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Barca put on yet another masterclass against Seattle, dominating the game with two different teams in either half. Lionel Messi curled home the first and then squeezedÂ in the second from a super pass from Xavi. (Both first-half goals here.) The first-half also saw an altercation between Dani Alves and Freddie Ljungberg.Â Second half goals from Jeffren Suarez and Pedro Rodriguez completed the win.
Napoli 0 – Espanyol 0 (Friendly, August 5, 2009)