Very few teams in the world can claim that they beat English champions Manchester United. On Tuesday evening, J-league club Yokohama Mariners became part of that very “exclusive” list when they beat United 3-2 in a friendly match in Yokohama. This was United’s 2nd defeat in 3 matches under new manager David Moyes.
The Premier League champions fell behind in the very first minute when the Mariners managed to score a goal past them. They quickly recovered and leveled the game with a goal by Jesse Lindgard. An own goal by Masakazu Tashiro from a free kick by United’s reserve team player last season, Belgian teen Adnan Januzaj gave them the lead just before half-time and the score was 2-1. But the Japanese club somehow became inspired that they could actually beat United and Brazilian defender Fabio Aguiar levelled the score between the two clubs. Three minutes before full-time, Yoshihito Fujita scored the winning goal to give the Marinos a special victory over one of the most decorated clubs in Europe.
Japanese international Shinji Kagawa got a huge cheer from the crowd when he came on for United just after an hour and he almost brought the house down because of an almost goal. United’s new manager Moyes, who took over from long-time and legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, faces a tough challenge ahead as the pressure mounts for him and the defending champions to do well even during the pre-season.
[ via FIFA ]
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