The Manchester United had a field day as they scored a 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in the International Champions Cup North America at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
This was Man United’s first Bay Area game after May 1970 and the first ever against the San Jose Earthquakes. With the crowds roaring from the 18,000-capacity stadium, it was Memphis Depay who led the day with his maiden goal giving the ManU team a 2-0 lead in the first half. The first goal for the team came from Juan Mata who easily kicked it past Earthquakes’ goalkeeper David Bingham. The lag between the two goals was a mere five minutes.
Though the hosts tried to defend with a goal by Fatai Alashe just before the break, they were unable to wrest the game back from the visitors even though both teams made 10 player changes at half-time (Johnson from United and Alashe from Earthquakes played in both halves). The last goal from Andreas Pereira sailed past the net at the 61st minute as Manchester United settled into an easy 3-1 against the hosts.
It was not for the lack of trying but probably because of an unequal match against the 20-time England league champions; even though Quakes coach Dominic Kinnear had tried to bolster up his team before facing the Red Devils with these words, “I just said ‘go out and enjoy the game’,” he said. “Obviously, we know who the opponent is, but if you step onto the field and kind of shake their hands and just be around them, then you’re going to be in for a long night. So it was important for us to step onto the field and try to make a game out of this.”
Even though they could not win this time, the Earthquakes put their best foot forward and were happy to play against the legendary Manchester United. Expressing his enthusiasm at being able to play against the visitors, Shea Salinas said, “These types of games are something you’re going to remember and tell all your friends about. You guys played against Manchester United. It was pretty cool to be able to get an assist. I thought Fatai made a good run and was able to finish it. It was nice.” Manchester’s next match is against their long time opponents Barcelona at the Levi’s Stadium.