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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Alexis Sanchez inspires Manchester United to victory over Real Madrid

Happy end to tour of the United States for Mourinho's men against European champions

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, left, celebrates his goal with teammates Matteo Darmian and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. EPA
Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, left, celebrates his goal with teammates Matteo Darmian and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. EPA

Alexis Sanchez had a goal and an assist as Manchester United won their first pre-season friendly in 90 minutes with a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants were cut down to size early on when Matteo Darmian cut back a cross into the Madrid box for Sanchez to steer home past Kiko Casilla.

Jose Mourinho's side doubled up nine minutes later when Sanchez turned provider.

Juan Mata delivered a cross into the box, with Sanchez cleverly heading the ball into the path of Ander Herrera on 27 minutes.

Madrid got one back just before the break through Karim Benzema, who latched on to a probing cross by Theo Hernandez.

United - who gave a start to new signing Fred - only managed 29 per cent of the possession and completed half the number of passes Madrid managed.

The pace at the Hard Rock Stadium dropped in the second half, as Julen Lopetegui's side made 10 changes while United gave youth prospect James Garner a run out.

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