Amazulu 0 Manchester U 1
Amazulu FC 0 Manchester United 1, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Friendly Match, July 18, 2012. Manchester United got off to a winning start on their 2012 pre-season tour as they beat Premier Soccer League outfit Amazulu 1-0 in front of an attendance of more than 50,000 spectators at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The sole goal of the fixture was netted by Italy U21 international striker Federico Macheda in the 20th minute of the contest.
Manchester United, who had defeated Kaizer Chiefs 4-0 at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria in their last match on South African soil the 26th of June 2008, made an acceptable start to their pre-season preparations with a 1-0 win against Amazulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The fixture may have fallen on the 94th birthday of world statesman and former South African President Nelson Mandela, but Manchester United showed no mercy whatsoever against the local heroes. Amazulu shot stopper Tapiwa Kapini managed to keep a clean sheet until the 20th minute of action when Dimitar Berbatov sent a clever through ball to Federico Macheda who finished past a completely helpless home goalkeeper to give the visitors a fully deserved 1-0 lead. Summer signing Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund replaced Javier Hernandez in the 89th minute and managed to give a good account of himself despite coming on so late in the game. Roger Palmgren´s Amazulu pushed hard for an equaliser during stoppage time, but the hosts ultimately found themselves on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline. Amazulu Team: Tapiwa Kapini, Bukasa Kasonga, Carlington Nyadombo, Mark van Heerden, Tsweu Mokoro, Ramson Zhuwawo, Kagiso Senamela, Bongani Mbhele, Ayanda Dlamini, Sifiso Vilakazi, Goodman Dlamini. Substitutes: Prince Hlela, Stanley Kgatla, Josef Lekata, Mxolisi Mayonga, Thamsanqa Teyise, Dulee Johnson, Mbongeni Mzimela. Manchester United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Rio Ferdinand, Frederic Veseli, Robbie Brady, Scott Wootton, Paul Scholes, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Chicharito, Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda. Substitutes: Shinji Kagawa, Valencia, Tyler Blackett, Anderson, Marnick Vermijl, Bebe, Nick Powell, Davide Petrucci, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Sam Johnstone, Ben Amos.