Manchester United – Dortmund

Manchester united Vs Dortmund

Manchester United concluded their United States tour with a 3-2 loss against Borussia Dortmund at Allegiant Stadium. The team led by Erik ten Hag suffered from a subpar defensive display, resulting in their third defeat in four games during their time in the U.S.

Manchester United took the lead with a goal from Diogo Dalot, but Borussia Dortmund’s Donyell Malen quickly turned the tables by scoring twice within a minute just before the first half concluded. In the second half, Antony managed to equalize for United, but a defensive error allowed Youssoufa Moukoko to score the winning goal for Dortmund.

Erik ten Hag’s team had a sense of being a reserve side as evidenced by the starts given to players like Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek, and Facundo Pellistri. Despite this, the manager will undoubtedly be dissatisfied with the numerous errors that led to Dortmund’s goals.

Notably, Ten Hag made a significant statement with his choice of captain for the night. Despite including Maguire in the starting lineup, he handed the captain’s armband to Scott McTominay. This decision came just a week after he had removed the captaincy from the England defender in favor of Bruno Fernandes.

As half-time approached, Manchester United seemed poised to maintain their lead, but a series of defensive mistakes gifted Borussia Dortmund two quick goals just before the break.

The first goal came when Brandon Williams was easily turned on the left, allowing Dortmund to work the ball into the penalty area, where Donyell Malen capitalized from close range.

The second goal occurred only 18 seconds after the second half started. Victor Lindelof carelessly gave the ball away to former United midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, who then passed to Malen, enabling him to score his second goal of the match and bring the score to 2-1 in favor of Dortmund.

Manchester United narrowly escaped falling behind 3-1 early in the second half when a mistake from Maguire led to a quick Dortmund counter-attack. André Onana, who had come on as a half-time substitute and had only been with the club for less than two weeks, made an excellent save from Sébastien Haller, preventing Dortmund from extending their lead. Onana’s confidence was evident as he rushed out of his goal to admonish Maguire for the error.

United managed to level the score at 2-2 after Mats Hummels committed a defensive error inside his own penalty area, allowing Antony to calmly slot the ball into the far corner.

Erik ten Hag introduced his key players after the 60-minute mark, but instead of providing United with a winning advantage, it was Dortmund who capitalized on another defensive calamity. Aaron Wan-Bissaka needlessly gave the ball away, and Marco Reus delivered a cross for Moukoko to defeat Onana and secure the victory for the Bundesliga side.

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