Manchester United played Real Madrid at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas in the early hours of Thursday as the Reds continue their US tour.

Kobbie Mainoo’s health situation will be what is of the highest concern for Manchester United fans.

The 18-year-old was forcefully withdrawn with barely two minutes played after an unfortunate collision with Rodrygo.

While down to 10-men, United also went a goal behind with Jude Bellingham – who looked offside – chipping Andre Onana to open the scoring in the fifth minute.

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Andre Onana

Onana despite conceding the two goals, barely put a foot wrong in the United goal, with there being little he could do to prevent either goal.

He completed 95% of his passes, making the attempted Madrid press look futile in comparison, finding his teammates with ease.

He was also key, making two huge saves , one in the first with his hands and one in the second with his feet.

He was immense and proved straight away why Erik ten Hag was right to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams.


Antony replaced Alejandro Garnacho in the 62nd minute and immediately went about making a difference.

His direct dribbling inside was causing all kinds of issues for the Madrid defence as he repeatedly unleashed his signature left-footed strike, coming close on a few occasions.

He looked sharp and ready to go, which was promising to see however his one-footedness and poor decision making remains an issue, he was good today though.


United’s bulldozer in midfield enjoyed a solid outing and demonstrated to his former employers that there is still nobody in the business better.

Casemiro broke up attacks repeatedly along with giving solid output on the ball, completing 77% of his passes.

He was a rock in the midfield though as he made two tackles, one interception and blocked a shot, making the Los Blancos’ players job harder.

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