Man United edges Real Madrid on penalty kicks

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Jose Mour­inho has chal­lenged An­thony Mar­tial to pro­duce the goods on a more con­sis­tent ba­sis af­ter the Manch­ester United front­man caught the eye against Real Madrid. Mar­tial pro­duced a scin­til­lat­ing weav­ing run to set up Jesse Lin­gard’s open­ing goal in United’s 1-1 draw against Real in the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup at Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia, on Sun­day, al­beit the French in­ter­na­tional blazed over from the spot in the penalty shootout that fol­lowed the draw.

The 21-year-old shone dur­ing his im­pres­sive de­but cam­paign at Old Traf­ford un­der Louis van Gaal two years ago, yet strug­gled un­der Mour­inho last sea­son­prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion that he could be on the move this sum­mer.

But af­ter Mar­tial looked back to his best, Mour­inho ad­mit­ted that tal­ent is not the is­sue for the United for­ward. “Ob­vi­ously, we want more con­sis­tency in his tal­ent,” said Mour­inho. “I think to­day was pos­i­tive for him. That’s why I left him for 90 min­utes on the pitch. He was en­joy­ing it, try­ing things and it’s im­por­tant in these friendly matches to try things, which he did.

“That’s only good for his con­fi­dence.” On the stroke of half-time, Mar­tial’s quick feet saw him leave both Daniel Car­va­jal and Luka Mo­dric for dead, be­fore squar­ing the ball across the six-yard box for Lin­gard to tap home.

It was just re­ward for Lin­gard af­ter he was the best player on the pitch dur­ing the first half, only a smart save from Key­lor Navas keep­ing out a swerv­ing shot from 25 yards in the sev­enth minute.

In their first pre-sea­son out­ing, Real were un­der­stand­ably rusty dur­ing the first half, but they im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly af­ter Zine­dine Zi­dane changed his en­tire 11 at the in­ter­val and in­tro­duced a host of

SANTA CLARA: Marcelo Da Silva Ju­nior #12 of Real Madrid and Ti­mothy Fosu-Men­sah #24 of Manch­ester United go for the ball dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup match at Levi’s Sta­dium on Sun­day in Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia.

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