Tour 2013 ends with draw in Sweden
While it wasn’t the win the Reds may have been looking for to end their round of international pre-season friendlies, the final stop of Tour 2013 in Sweden wasn’t short of excitement.
Manchester United’s Tour 2013 wrapped up with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Swedish side AIK in Stockholm, and although the defending Barclays Premiere League Champs trailed for part of the game, the equalizer was worth the wait.
After a scoreless first half, AIK struck first in the August 6 match just four minutes after the break. AIK’s Robin Quaison fired from a good 20 meters and found the top corner of the net to put the home team in the lead 1-0.
But the Reds didn’t let up, and in the 68th minute, their patience was rewarded. Robin van Persie had a free kick blocked, which then fell to Michael Carrick. The England international passed out to Wilfried Zaha on the right ring, who launched a perfect cross right near the post for Angelo to put it away at close range.
“It was a tough enough workout for us and they played some good stuff,” said Manchester United manager David Moyes after the match. “If we had taken our chances then we would have won the game.”
Ups and downs around the world
The draw meant Manchester United ended the Tour 2013 with a balance of two wins, two losses, and two draws in matches on three continents.
Moyes’ very first match at the helm of Manchester United didn’t go exactly as planned, with Thailand’s Singha All Star XI getting the best of the guests from England on July 13 by winning 1-0 and surprising even their own fans.
But the Reds turned things around quickly at the next stop in Australia a week later, easily chalking up their first win under Moyes against the A-League All Stars with a final tally of 5-1.
The next stops in Yokohama and Osaka on July 23 and 26 were a homecoming for the Reds’ Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who got loud ovations from the home crowd every time he touched the ball. The match against his former club, Cerezo Osaka, was one of the best of the tour: Manchester came from behind twice to save a 2-2 draw thanks to a last-second equalizer from Zaha.
The final stop on the Asian leg of the tour on July 29 proved to be the most spectacular as Manchester used five different goal scorers – Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Fabio, Adnan Januzaj and Jesse Lingard – to make short work of Hong Kong’s Kitchee FC and win 5-2.
Premier League starts against Swansea
With just over a week left before the 2013-14 Premier League campaign gets underway, Moyes said after the Reds’ 1-1 draw in Stockholm that the team is right on track.
“We're almost there as far as pre-season goes,” he said. “I think we'd like to have a bit more continuity than what we've had – we've had one or two players dropping in and out because of injury – but the players have been great and I look forward to the season starting.”
As the Official Logistics Partner of Manchester United, that’s a sentiment DHL shares as well. Good luck to Moyes and the defending champion Reds in their first match of the new Premier League season on the road against Swansea on August 17.
Fixtures & Results
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