Philadelphia 0 Man Utd 1

Gabriel Obertan

Phil­adelphia Uni­on 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Lin­coln Fin­an­cial Field, Friendly Mat­ch, Ju­ly 21, 2010. Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Phil­adelphia Uni­on 1-0 as Fran­ce U21 in­ter­na­tion­al Gab­riel Ober­tan hit the on­ly goal of the tie to hand the vis­it­ors the win. Uni­ted sealed the vic­tory ag­ainst the Ma­jor Lea­gue Soc­cer out­fit on 76 min­utes when a pass by Dan­ny Wel­beck gave the wing­er the chan­ce to find the back of the net wi­th a shot from clo­se range.

Des­pite of the fact that Gab­riel Ober­tan had yet to make a re­al im­pact wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted, the flank for­ward pro­duced some breath­tak­ing skills dur­ing the friendly en­counter in Phil­adelphia. Ober­tan re­gistered the win­ning goal for Uni­ted in the 76th min­ute of the tussle when he col­lec­ted an ex­cel­lent ball from Dan­ny Wel­beck and fin­ished clin­ic­ally. Bul­gari­an in­ter­na­tion­al Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov al­most sco­red a sec­ond goal for Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th ten min­utes re­maining on the referee´s watch, but his power­ful shot from the in­side of the pen­alty area hit the un­der­side of the cross­bar. And al­though the well-dis­cip­lined ho­me te­am played wi­th bo­th ag­gres­sion and de­term­in­a­tion, the sheer pro­fes­sion­al­ism and qual­ity of Sir Al­ex Fer­guson’s si­de was quite enough to see them thro­ugh. Nev­er­the­less, the fast flow­ing mat­ch in Phil­adelphia was no doubt an­oth­er ex­cel­lent pre-sea­son work out for the Old Traf­ford play­ers. Af­ter de­feat­ing Phil­adelphia 1-0, Man­chester Uni­ted would now make the trip to Kan­sas City to take on Kan­sas City Wiz­ards in the City of Foun­tains. Phil­adelphia Uni­on Te­am: Brad Knighton, Mi­chael Orozco Fisc­al, Cris­ti­an Ar­ri­eta, Dan­ny Cal­iff, Jor­dan Har­vey, Eduardo Coudet, Stefani Migli­or­an­zi, Fred, Ale­jandro Moreno, Dan­ny Mwanga, Se­bas­tien Le Toux. Sub­stitutes: Kyle Na­kaza­wa, Jack McIn­er­ney, An­drew Jac­ob­son Nick Zi­m­mer­man, Mar­tin Rivas, Amobi Ok­ugo, Bri­an Perk. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: To­masz Kusz­czak, John O’Shea, Wes Bro­wn, Jon­ny Evans, Fa­bio, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Tom Clev­er­ley, Paul Scho­les, Ry­an Gig­gs, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Fe­d­erico Ma­cheda. Sub­stitutes: Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Ra­fael, Chris Small­ing, Corry Evans, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Ritch­ie De Laet, Ben Amos.


Gabriel Obertan

Gab­riel Ober­tan amassed 14 Pre­mier Lea­gue ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted be­fore he was sold to New­castle Uni­ted for an es­tim­ated fee of £3 mil­lion at the start of the 2011-12 season.


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