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Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool: International Champions Cup Final As It Happened

04/08/2014 14:50 | Updated 05 August 2014
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Manchester United and Liverpool bring down the curtain on their tour of the United States in the International Champions Cup final on Monday night. The Miami match will Kick-off from 1am BST on Tuesday morning, and you can get live minute-by-minute coverage from Samuel Luckhurst from 0.30am.

05/08/2014 02:54 BST

Full-time: Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool

Five games, five wins and one (unimportant) trophy for Louis van Gaal in the United States.

05/08/2014 02:53 BST

92 min

Sterling, who's faded, hits a cross over everybody as the players wait for the final shrill. It's been a good workout for both sets of players.

05/08/2014 02:52 BST

90 min

Young, impressive again, wins a throw inside Liverpool's third. Unsurprisingly, he looks shattered, but it'll be worth it. For the time being, his United career should be safe.

05/08/2014 02:50 BST

3-1

Wonderful football form United down the right. Cleverley clipped it into Young, he flicked it on for Nani back to Cleverley, who played it over the top for Young. He crossed, Kagawa couldn't control the ball but Lingard ran onto it and smashed it past Mignolet anyway.

05/08/2014 02:49 BST

GOAL

Lingard makes it 3-1 United. Game over.

05/08/2014 02:47 BST

Yellow card for Wayne Rooney

It was a deliberate trip on Sterling inside the centre circle and the striker accepts his punishment without a murmur.

05/08/2014 02:46 BST

85 min

Van Gaal might have a word with De Gea, whose distribution has been uncharacteristically poor this half, after he balloons another kick out. It's bound to happen occasionally under Van Gaal's tutelage but De Gea's radar is usually much more accurate.

05/08/2014 02:45 BST

83 min

Brilliant, gamely running from Henderson down the right as he somehow manages to get a cross in only no one is anywhere near the six-yard box to capitalise. The ball travels across to Sterling, who cannot maintain the move's momentum and United are away again.

05/08/2014 02:42 BST

80 min

Odd one from Rooney, who regains the ball near the halfway line yet chooses to try and play the ball all the way back to De Gea. He succeeds in only gifting Liverpool a corner, Henderson's cross should be cleared by Nani but isn't, Toure plays the ball into the six-yard box and Smalling is there to clear the danger.

05/08/2014 02:41 BST

79 min

Lovely link-up play between Shaw, Rooney and Kagawa as the Japanese is released on the left. He pings the ball low into the box and someone, maybe Rooney, makes the faintest of contact as the chance goes begging.

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Bizarre.

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No goal! Young's cross pinged onto the stanchion from about 40 yards and was tapped in by Rooney. After consultation with his linesman, the referee correctly disallowed the goal.

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No goal! Young's cross pinged onto the stanchion from about 40 yards and was tapped in by Rooney. After consultation with his linesman, the referee correctly disallowed the goal.

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Joe Allen, Rickie Lambert and Steven Gerrard make way for Lucas Leiva, Jordan Ibe and Emre Can.

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Joe Allen, Rickie Lambert and Steven Gerrard make way for Lucas Leiva, Jordan Ibe and Emre Can.

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Jones, minus the ball, hares down the pitch and causes Mignolet to punt the ball into touch. United have been much more aggressive this half and, as Herrera displayed for the first goal, quicker on the ball. It may have been deflected but Shaw to Mata consisted of one touch apiece.

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Jones, minus the ball, hares down the pitch and causes Mignolet to punt the ball into touch. United have been much more aggressive this half and, as Herrera displayed for the first goal, quicker on the ball. It may have been deflected but Shaw to Mata ...Read More"},{"id":"61","created":"05/08/2014 02:21 BST","title":"60 min","tweet_link":"61_60-min","entry_text":"

Coutinho turns and tries to play Henderson in down the right but Smalling is alert to the danger and mops up.

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Coutinho turns and tries to play Henderson in down the right but Smalling is alert to the danger and mops up.

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Cleverley's crossfield pass found Shaw, his reverse pass missed Rooney, Mata hit it first time, it deflected off Sakho and Mignolet had no chance. Great response from United.

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Cleverley's crossfield pass found Shaw, his reverse pass missed Rooney, Mata hit it first time, it deflected off Sakho and Mignolet had no chance. Great response from United.

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Juan Mata makes it 2-1! It's the 1-2 from United!

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Juan Mata makes it 2-1! It's the 1-2 from United!

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Usually, it would be Rooney crossing for Hernandez but not tonight. The Mexican's play outside the box has generated deserved criticism during his time at United but he showed brilliant perception there. Herrera's speed of pass, too, should not be underestimated in the build-up.

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Herrera won the ball in the centre, played the ball wide quickly to Javier Hernandez and he crossed to the far post for Rooney to sidefoot past Mignolet on the volley with his left foot. Skrtel was nowhere but it was a terrifically taken goal.

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Herrera won the ball in the centre, played the ball wide quickly to Javier Hernandez and he crossed to the far post for Rooney to sidefoot past Mignolet on the volley with his left foot. Skrtel was nowhere but it was a terrifically taken goal.

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Wayne Rooney equalises for Manchester United!

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Wayne Rooney equalises for Manchester United!

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Lambert slides the ball through to Coutinho but Blackett reads his move and prods the ball out of his path just as the Brazilian was shaping up to shoot.

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Lambert slides the ball through to Coutinho but Blackett reads his move and prods the ball out of his path just as the Brazilian was shaping up to shoot.

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Brilliant surge forward from Shaw again, but Rooney's cross is harmless. Now the yellow card is finally shown - and somewhat harshly - to Luke Shaw, whose transgression is unhelpfully not replayed by the broadcasters.

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Brilliant surge forward from Shaw again, but Rooney's cross is harmless. Now the yellow card is finally shown - and somewhat harshly - to Luke Shaw, whose transgression is unhelpfully not replayed by the broadcasters.

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Great play from Coutinho again as he opens up the United defence. Sterling gives Jones twisted blood, cuts inside and unleashes a shot that deflects off Smalling, leaving De Gea beaten. But it sails just wide.

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Great play from Coutinho again as he opens up the United defence. Sterling gives Jones twisted blood, cuts inside and unleashes a shot that deflects off Smalling, leaving De Gea beaten. But it sails just wide.

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Carless from Herrera, who plays a hospital pass to Mata, Gerrard nips in, lays the ball off to Lambert but his effort from the left-hand side of the area is tame.

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Carless from Herrera, who plays a hospital pass to Mata, Gerrard nips in, lays the ball off to Lambert but his effort from the left-hand side of the area is tame.

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The second-half isn't two minutes old and Smalling is already guilty of a heavy pass that puts United on the back foot. Fortunately for him, Liverpool's through ball is hit just as hard as his attempted pass.

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The second-half isn't two minutes old and Smalling is already guilty of a heavy pass that puts United on the back foot. Fortunately for him, Liverpool's through ball is hit just as hard as his attempted pass.

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Jonny Evans has gone off. Tom Cleverley has replaced Darren Fletcher.

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Jonny Evans has gone off. Tom Cleverley has replaced Darren Fletcher.

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United kick-off after the half-time light show...

Forget about a half-time raffle... Miami knows how to put on a show. #mutour pic.twitter.com/5uBmxSeiI2

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2014

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Liverpool deservedly ahead at the break. They've looked the more threatening - and comfortable - in this friendly whilst United have created very little against a flaky defence.

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Liverpool deservedly ahead at the break. They've looked the more threatening - and comfortable - in this friendly whilst United have created very little against a flaky defence.

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Rooney switches the ball to Young on the right again. He feints to get same space up against Johnson but his delivery lets him down on this occasion and it's an easy catch for Mignolet.

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Rooney switches the ball to Young on the right again. He feints to get same space up against Johnson but his delivery lets him down on this occasion and it's an easy catch for Mignolet.

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Mata's long ball finds Hernandez, who traps the ball impressively and is allowed inside onto his right but his shot is blocked. Sterling is soon on the ball, terrorising United again, but his shot nestles into De Gea's midriff.

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Mata's long ball finds Hernandez, who traps the ball impressively and is allowed inside onto his right but his shot is blocked. Sterling is soon on the ball, terrorising United again, but his shot nestles into De Gea's midriff.

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Martin Kelly capitalises on a loose ball, humiliates Darren Fletcher and lets fly from 20-odd yards but drags the ball well wide.

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Martin Kelly capitalises on a loose ball, humiliates Darren Fletcher and lets fly from 20-odd yards but drags the ball well wide.

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Liverpool's tireless pressing is successfully squeezing the life out of United when they hold onto the ball too long without progressing. Herrera's conceded another foul but the referee keeps the yellow card in his pocket.

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Liverpool's tireless pressing is successfully squeezing the life out of United when they hold onto the ball too long without progressing. Herrera's conceded another foul but the referee keeps the yellow card in his pocket.

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Shaw roars forward and picks out Rooney, who holds onto the ball long enough to get a shot off but he tries to be too clever switching the play and his clipped cross is badly underhit.

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Shaw roars forward and picks out Rooney, who holds onto the ball long enough to get a shot off but he tries to be too clever switching the play and his clipped cross is badly underhit.

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Sakho clears Mata's inswinger and the ball pinballs around for a couple of seconds before Liverpool clear their lines.

Young then sweeps in another cracking cross but Simon Mignolet dives to punch the ball away brilliantly.

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Sakho clears Mata's inswinger and the ball pinballs around for a couple of seconds before Liverpool clear their lines.

Young then sweeps in another cracking cross but Simon Mignolet dives to punch the ball away brilliantly.

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United play themselves into trouble again and Sterling goes down inside the area but is told to get up. United have not looked convincing at the back this evening after a few good displays. Evans and Smalling both looked like they didn't want the ball there and it was Herrera who eventually intervened.

De Gea then punches away a Gerrard free-kick and United try to break down the right with Mata but Gerrard handles the ball. He escapes a yellow card again.

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The game's hit its lull - the pace has, understandably, dropped and there have been a few stoppages for inconsequential throws. Hernandez wins a free-kick on the far left-hand side after Kelly barges into him and United re-start with on-the-deck football, as opposed to hitting the mixer, which is one departure from the Moyes era.

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The game's hit its lull - the pace has, understandably, dropped and there have been a few stoppages for inconsequential throws. Hernandez wins a free-kick on the far left-hand side after Kelly barges into him and United re-start with on-the-deck footba...Read More"},{"id":"37","created":"05/08/2014 01:30 BST","title":"28 min","tweet_link":"37_28-min","entry_text":"

Mata curls it in and the ball gets hold up at the edge. Fletcher's barely backheels the ball and Liverpool eventually clatter the ball down the field and into De Gea's path.

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Mata curls it in and the ball gets hold up at the edge. Fletcher's barely backheels the ball and Liverpool eventually clatter the ball down the field and into De Gea's path.

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Rooney was the only man who was going to take that but the curler was easily blocked. Gerrard has now nastily hacked Young down yet avoided a yellow card. Free-kick to United inside Liverpool's third.

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Rooney was the only man who was going to take that but the curler was easily blocked. Gerrard has now nastily hacked Young down yet avoided a yellow card. Free-kick to United inside Liverpool's third.

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Shaw's energy, for an unfit player, has been pretty good. He checks inside and passes to Rooney, who is lazily shoved off the ball by Gerrard. Free-kick United, 25 yards from goal.

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Shaw's energy, for an unfit player, has been pretty good. He checks inside and passes to Rooney, who is lazily shoved off the ball by Gerrard. Free-kick United, 25 yards from goal.

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Gerrard's inswinger is nodded on towards the far side and Liverpool retain possession via a throw inside United's third.

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Gerrard's inswinger is nodded on towards the far side and Liverpool retain possession via a throw inside United's third.

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Coutinho unleashes a rasper from 19 yards after ridiculing Evans but De Gea gets low down to his left to make a strong stop. Corner Liverpool.

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Coutinho unleashes a rasper from 19 yards after ridiculing Evans but De Gea gets low down to his left to make a strong stop. Corner Liverpool.

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A promising United move down the left again ends with a poor Mata cross. He's been United's puppeteer again, freeing Shaw down the left earlier, however his end product there was shoddy.

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A promising United move down the left again ends with a poor Mata cross. He's been United's puppeteer again, freeing Shaw down the left earlier, however his end product there was shoddy.

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Slick football from United down the left but Shaw's pull back for Rooney is too tight and the striker can't get a shot off.

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Slick football from United down the left but Shaw's pull back for Rooney is too tight and the striker can't get a shot off.

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Jones comes a long way forward and feeds the ball wide to Young and he delivers another excellent cross but it eludes Hernandez.

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Jones comes a long way forward and feeds the ball wide to Young and he delivers another excellent cross but it eludes Hernandez.

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Mata lets fly from 20-odd yards after Rooney plays the ball onto him but his attempt is blocked.

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Mata lets fly from 20-odd yards after Rooney plays the ball onto him but his attempt is blocked.

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Coutinho nearly plays Sterling through after a neat one-two - he's looked very sharp on the ball. As have Liverpool, who appear more comfortable than United and are clicking effortlessly. Darren Fletcher, championed after the Real win on Saturday, has been particularly careless and Ander Herrera is struggling to get involved.

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Coutinho nearly plays Sterling through after a neat one-two - he's looked very sharp on the ball. As have Liverpool, who appear more comfortable than United and are clicking effortlessly. Darren Fletcher, championed after the Real win on Saturday, has ...Read More"},{"id":"27","created":"05/08/2014 01:17 BST","title":"16 min","tweet_link":"27_16-min","entry_text":"

Liverpool's high pressing is causing United to make mistakes. Smalling, whose passing is no better than when he joined United four years ago, spoons it out for a throw and Liverpool's dominance of the ball has largely stemmed from aggressive pressing.

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The space Sterling was gifted possibly stemmed from Young switching flanks. There was a huge gap behind him, which drew Jones out wide, yet that does not legislate for the stupidity of his sliding tackle when Sterling was always going to nick the ball ahead of him.

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Steven Gerrard places the ball to De Gea's right as the Spaniard dives to his right.

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Steven Gerrard places the ball to De Gea's right as the Spaniard dives to his right.

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Sterling latches onto a through ball, beats Phil Jones to it and is taken out. Easy decision, awful defending, yet typical of Jones, who conceded a penalty against Liverpool at Old Trafford in March.

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Sterling latches onto a through ball, beats Phil Jones to it and is taken out. Easy decision, awful defending, yet typical of Jones, who conceded a penalty against Liverpool at Old Trafford in March.

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Herrera, who's a meatier player than many United fans might have thought, concedes another foul on Joe Allen this time. Martin Kelly receives the ball from the free-kick and shoots harmlessly at De Gea's goal.

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Herrera, who's a meatier player than many United fans might have thought, concedes another foul on Joe Allen this time. Martin Kelly receives the ball from the free-kick and shoots harmlessly at De Gea's goal.

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The ebullient Sterling goes down the left now and is looking to torment Chris Smalling but the centre-back wins the goal kick, despite the risk of going to ground.

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The ebullient Sterling goes down the left now and is looking to torment Chris Smalling but the centre-back wins the goal kick, despite the risk of going to ground.

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Gerrard dinks his ball over the wall and Hernandez, of all people, leaps to nod the ball away but only flicks it on for Jordan Henderson, but the midfielder can't keep his header down.

Valencia is walking off towards the tunnel, having not even lasted as long as Diego Costa in Lisbon.

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Gerrard dinks his ball over the wall and Hernandez, of all people, leaps to nod the ball away but only flicks it on for Jordan Henderson, but the midfielder can't keep his header down.

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Well, nobody saw that. Shaw is on for Valencia. Young must move to the right.

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Well, nobody saw that. Shaw is on for Valencia. Young must move to the right.

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Raheem Sterling gets the ball and is allowed to run at United, jinking past Fletcher, before he is barged off the ball by Ander Herrera. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards from goal.

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Raheem Sterling gets the ball and is allowed to run at United, jinking past Fletcher, before he is barged off the ball by Ander Herrera. Liverpool free-kick 30 yards from goal.

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De Gea is already effecting this game, as bizarre as that sounds, taking out four or five players with his ball forward there. The ball finds Rooney on the left and Fletcher is steaming down the centre but the lay-off is poor. It's been a lively start from both sides.

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De Gea is already effecting this game, as bizarre as that sounds, taking out four or five players with his ball forward there. The ball finds Rooney on the left and Fletcher is steaming down the centre but the lay-off is poor. It's been a lively start ...Read More"},{"id":"17","created":"05/08/2014 01:07 BST","title":"CHANCE","tweet_link":"17_chance","entry_text":"

United finally distribute the ball forward, the ball is switched to the left and whipped in by Young and Hernandez should really score. He diverts the ball away from goal sliding in as he mis-hits his touch and Liverpool clear. United then attain a corner and another threatening delivery from Young is scrambled clear.

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United finally distribute the ball forward, the ball is switched to the left and whipped in by Young and Hernandez should really score. He diverts the ball away from goal sliding in as he mis-hits his touch and Liverpool clear. United then attain a cor...Read More"},{"id":"16","created":"05/08/2014 01:05 BST","title":"4 min","tweet_link":"16_4-min","entry_text":"

Sakho goes long, looking for Lambert, but Jonny Evans reads the danger and is carelessly fouled by the England striker.

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Sakho goes long, looking for Lambert, but Jonny Evans reads the danger and is carelessly fouled by the England striker.

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Gerrard's outswinger is flat and well cleared by Ander Herrera. United have barely had five kicks in these opening exchanges yet look organised - mirroring Holland in their patient periods at the World Cup.

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Gerrard's outswinger is flat and well cleared by Ander Herrera. United have barely had five kicks in these opening exchanges yet look organised - mirroring Holland in their patient periods at the World Cup.

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United tried to pass it out of the back but Liverpool pushed up high. Young conceded a throw inside his own third, Liverpool released Lambert down the right-hand side channel and he has won a corner.

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United tried to pass it out of the back but Liverpool pushed up high. Young conceded a throw inside his own third, Liverpool released Lambert down the right-hand side channel and he has won a corner.

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The pace of the game is already noticeably quicker than what both sides have been accustomed to during their Stateside tour. Liverpool held onto possession for a good minute there but United were comfortable letting them enjoy their sterile domination.

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The smoke is starting to lift and Liverpool get the ball rolling.

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The smoke is starting to lift and Liverpool get the ball rolling.

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Both were sent off at the Sun Life Stadium following an altercation during England's 2-2 draw with Ecuador in June. Valencia was sent off again at the World Cup whereas Sterling occasionally shone in a rudderless Three Lions XI.

This is a big opportunity for Javier Hernandez, too, playing in the injured Danny Welbeck's absence. Van Gaal criticised him even after scoring against Real Madrid at the weekend and few will be surprised if he's not at United this time next month.

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Both were sent off at the Sun Life Stadium following an altercation during England's 2-2 draw with Ecuador in June. Valencia was sent off again at the World Cup whereas Sterling occasionally shone in a rudderless Three Lions XI.

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Organisers expecting 60,000 at the Sun Life Stadium tonight. Would mean more than 350k have watched United on tour this summer.

— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN)
August 4, 2014

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Organisers expecting 60,000 at the Sun Life Stadium tonight. Would mean more than 350k have watched United on tour this summer.

— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) Read More"},{"id":"9","created":"05/08/2014 00:58 BST","title":"The teams are out","tweet_link":"9_the-teams-are-out","entry_text":"

Some pre-match fireworks and the American national anthem have already taken place. The pictures are incredibly misty due to the pyrotechnics, which were possibly a bit too smoky for the broadcasters' liking.

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Some pre-match fireworks and the American national anthem have already taken place. The pictures are incredibly misty due to the pyrotechnics, which were possibly a bit too smoky for the broadcasters' liking.

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A couple have auditioned from this role, from the dark horse in Darren Fletcher to a non-runner in Tom Cleverley. Rooney's presence on tour might give him the edge over Robin van Persie, back at Carrington training after a month in Brazil, whilst Jonny Evans has also been touted as the full-time successor to Nemanja Vidic.

Steven Gerrard, of course, is Liverpool skipper.

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A couple have auditioned from this role, from the dark horse in Darren Fletcher to a non-runner in Tom Cleverley. Rooney's presence on tour might give him the edge over Robin van Persie, back at Carrington training after a month in Brazil, whilst Jonny...Read More"},{"id":"7","created":"05/08/2014 00:54 BST","title":"Fierce Florida","tweet_link":"7_fierce-florida","entry_text":"

It is hot and humid in Miami but it has also been wet. It's hurricane season after all, and the weather is as capricious as a pack of girls on a night out. England's friendly with Honduras, you might remember, was halted for about 40 minutes due to a storm at the Sun Life Stadium and it was chucking it down earlier.

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It is hot and humid in Miami but it has also been wet. It's hurricane season after all, and the weather is as capricious as a pack of girls on a night out. England's friendly with Honduras, you might remember, was halted for about 40 minutes due to a s...Read More"},{"id":"6","created":"05/08/2014 00:52 BST","title":"Van Gaal speaks","tweet_link":"6_van-gaal-speaks","entry_text":"

\"They [the United players] have to read them [Liverpool], in the first two minutes, how they play and we shall react.”

He's certainly training the players \"in their brains, not their legs\".

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\"They [the United players] have to read them [Liverpool], in the first two minutes, how they play and we shall react.”

He's certainly training the players \"in their brains, not their legs\".

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Between them, they've won three Dutch league titles, two Spanish titles, one German title, one Spanish Cup, two Super Cups, one Uefa Cup, one Champions League and one Intercontinental Cup. And one of them recently managed a side to third place at the World Cup, hang on a minute.

Louis van Gaal may have the trophies but Brendan Rodgers has youth on his side - and a better side. Liverpool's resurgence was married perfectly - if you're a Kopite - with United's downfall last season and the expectations at Anfield are still high despite Luis Suárez's departure. Van Gaal's arrival in Manchester is just the latest fascinating chapter in the United-Liverpool rivalry, with the boot now on the other foot after Ferguson saw off Dalglish, Souness, Evans, Houllier, Benitez et al. Van Gaal is the third United manager Rodgers will face in as many seasons.

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Between them, they've won three Dutch league titles, two Spanish titles, one German title, one Spanish Cup, two Super Cups, one Uefa Cup, one Champions League and one Intercontinental Cup. And one of them recently managed a side to third place at the W...Read More"},{"id":"4","created":"05/08/2014 00:38 BST","title":"Strongest sides?","tweet_link":"4_strongest-sides","entry_text":"

Van Gaal has certainly selected his best available side. He's shown consistency with his 3-5-2 selections during the tour and Luke Shaw's \"disgraceful\" fitness (more of that later) has allowed Ashley Young the chance to resuscitate his flatlining United career. Yes, it's only a pre-season.

Liverpool have the two midfielders beside Steven Gerrard as Brendan Rodgers continues to tailor the side to his captain's strengths. That's something Roy Hodgson certainly didn't do at the World Cup.

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Van Gaal has certainly selected his best available side. He's shown consistency with his 3-5-2 selections during the tour and Luke Shaw's \"disgraceful\" fitness (more of that later) has allowed Ashley Young the chance to resuscitate his flatlining Unite...Read More"},{"id":"3","created":"05/08/2014 00:33 BST","title":"Studio guest Trevor Francis...","tweet_link":"3_studio-guest-trevor-francis","entry_text":"

\"The only thing that could have been better was if Manchester City were there.\" Knock him down with a feather, he ain't clever, Trevor.

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\"The only thing that could have been better was if Manchester City were there.\" Knock him down with a feather, he ain't clever, Trevor.

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#mufc XI to face Liverpool: De Gea; Evans, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Herrera, Fletcher, Young; Mata; Rooney, Hernandez #mutour

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 4, 2014

Confirmed #LFC team v Man Utd: Mignolet, Kelly, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Lambert, Sterling #lfctour

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 4, 2014

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#mufc XI to face Liverpool: De Gea; Evans, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Herrera, Fletcher, Young; Mata; Rooney, Hernandez Read More"},{"id":"1","created":"05/08/2014 00:31 BST","title":"Are you awake?","tweet_link":"1_are-you-awake","entry_text":"

It may only be a friendly but it's Manchester United against Liverpool a week before the Premier League season begins. The build-up has resembled a competitive, albeit low-key, fixture on some websites and it's got top billing on Sky Sports 1, who have opened their coverage with Will Smith's immortal \"Miami\". If that won't get you in the mood, go back to bed.

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It may only be a friendly but it's Manchester United against Liverpool a week before the Premier League season begins. The build-up has resembled a competitive, albeit low-key, fixture on some websites and it's got top billing on Sky Sports 1, who have...Read More"}]

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