Man United avoids shock defeat

BY foxsports • July 21, 2012

Manchester United needed a last-minute Bebe goal to avoid a shock defeat to local Ajax side in Cape Town, the forgotten striker salvaging a 1-1 draw.

In barring Javier Hernandez from Olympic duty, Sir Alex Ferguson was making it clear the forward would benefit from his first proper pre-season as a United player.

Hernandez started and looked lively as he only just failed to reach a delicate Michael Carrick through ball in the first half.

£17million signing Shinji Kagawa made his first United where he looked good in parts but gave the impression he will need to bulk up for Premier League duty.

The Red Devils failed to exert any significant pressure until the much-maligned Bebe fashioned a response to Alcardo van Graan's smartly-taken goal four minutes from time.

It was the introduction of record signing Dimitar Berbatov that really livened the 50,000 crowd up, though Van Graan threatened to emerge the hero until Bebe struck at the far post.

Nicky Law's thunderous second-half strike gave Motherwell a share of the spoils against Everton in a 1-1 draw celebrating Stevie Hammell's testimonial at Fir Park.

In front of the 4,512 fans, including 1,049 from Merseyside, who turned out to pay tribute to the Steelmen's left-back, Shane Duffy gave the visitors the lead in the 34th minute with a header which went in off the post.

However, midfielder Law levelled in the 54th minute with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box which gave Toffees keeper Tim Howard no chance.

A cameo substitute appearance by free agent James McFadden, who had played for both clubs, most recently being freed by the Goodison club at the end of last season, also entertained the crowd who watched a decent game played in the right spirit.

Nuno Gomes scored his first goal for Blackburn as they comfortably beat Fleetwood 2-0 in the first of a double-header of pre-season friendlies at Accrington's Crown Ground.

Rovers began strongly and took an early lead when Gomes headed a cross from Bruno Ribiero into the path of Mauro Formica, who slid the ball home on six minutes.

Fleetwood went close themselves when striker Jon Parkin saw a powerful shot deflected over but they rode their luck at the other end as Leon Best had a shot cleared off the line after the restart.

The second goal for Steve Kean's side finally came when Gomes volleyed home from 15 yards via the inside of the upright.

Shortly after the hour mark a powerful forward run from Leon Best set up Nunes but his shot was cleared off the line by a defender, before the same player had an effort tipped around the post 15 minutes from time.


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