Cape Town 1 Man United 1
Ajax Cape Town 1 Manchester United 1, Green Point Stadium, Friendly Match, July 21, 2012. Manchester United secured a one-all draw against Ajax Cape Town in their final pre-season fixture in South Africa. Alcardo van Graan handed The Urban Warriors the lead four minutes before the end, only for Bebe to hit the equaliser for United in injury time.
Shinji Kawaga, who had arrived from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a transfer fee of £12 million the month before, should have scored for Manchester United on the hour mark, but the midfielder’s header hit the outside of the left-hand upright. Then, in the 75th minute, fellow new boy Nick Powell made his United debut as a substitute for veteran midfielder Paul Scholes and the former Crewe Alexandra starlet quickly put Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Sander Westerveld to the test with a powerful shot. Maarten Stekelenburg´s men eventually went into the lead in front of a 50,000 crowd at Green Point Stadium when Alcardo van Graan, who had replaced South Africa international Thembinkosi “Terror Fanteni” in the 85th minute, netted with an amazing back-heel flick with four minutes left of the contest, but Manchester United hit back almost instantly as second-half substitute Bebe fired a right-footed volley from six yards out past Westerveld and into the back of the net in stoppage time. Someone once said that when a team want to play a low tempo game, the opponent is far more likely to oblige in your barn than in front of their own supporters. Very well put, indeed. Ajax Cape Town Team: Sander Westerveld, Nazeer Allie, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Matt Booth, Aidan Jenniker, Tafadzwa Rusike, Toriq Losper, Grandwald Scott, Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly, Thembinkosi Fanteni. Substitutes: Clint Julius, George Akpabio, Keamogetse Wolff, Nhlanhla Shabalala, Brent Carelse, Cole Alexander, Antonio Correia, Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Brett Evans, Alcardo van Graan, Nathan Gertse, Thato Mokeke, Lebogang Manyama, Nusa Lebusa, Travis Graham, George Maluleka, James Okwuosa, Brandon Lee Adams, Sean Roberts. Manchester United Team: Ben Amos, Tyler Blackett, Marnick Vermijl, Scott Wootton, Rio Ferdinand, Antonio Valencia, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa, Oliveira Anderson. Substitutes: Frederic Veseli, Nicholas Powell, Tiago Dias Correia, Robbie Brady, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Davide Petrucci, Federico Macheda, Jesse Lingard, Dimitar Berbatov, Anders Lindegaard, Sam Johnstone.
A determined and aggressive attacker who could operate on either flank, Agualva-Cacem born Bebe was on the books of Portuguese clubs Estrela da Amadora and Vitoria de Guimaraes before he was bought by Manchester United for a transfer fee of around £7.4 million in the summer of 2010.