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Man Utd 1-4 Dortmund: Dembele and Castro destroy United

By July 22, 2016No Comments

Jose Mourinho was given plenty to think about after his Manchester United side were humbled 4-1 against Borussia Dortmund in the opening of the International Champions Cup.

Gonzalo Castro gave Dortmund the lead after United’s defence were unable to clear their lines before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled their advantage from the spot after Antonio Valencia handled in the box.

New BVB signing Ousmane Dembele cut the United defence to ribbons early in the second half to make it three, though Henrikh Mhitaryan gave Mourinho’s men hope when he pulled one back.

However, a stunning finish from Castro, his second of the night, completed the rout for Thomas Tuchel’s men.

United’s tour continues onto Beijing as they take on Pep Guardiola’s City in the first Manchester derby to be held on foreign soil, assuming storms do not force off the Bird’s Nest meeting.

Memphis Depay, deployed at centre-forward, struggled to get going and saw an attempted cross easily blocked as decent build-up play failed to lead to a clear-cut opportunity by the time Dortmund took the lead.

Aubameyang’s long-range free-kick proved difficult for Sam Johnstone and though the third-choice goalkeeper did well to prevent Dembele’s follow-up, the ball fell for Castro to fire home.

Jesse Lingard snatched at a chance to level soon after and, having enjoyed a much-needed drinks break, Dortmund pulled further ahead.

Valencia was adjudged to have handled Aubameyang’s acrobatic effort and referee Wang Di pointed to the spot, with the striker coolly slotting down the middle.

England forward Marcus Rashford was among four alterations as the teams emerged for the second half, which was just 12 minutes old when Dortmund pulled further ahead.

Rojo, one of the half-time changes, was all too easily beaten by Dembele and punished as the highly-rated teenager rifled into the top right-hand corner.

Mkhitaryan, denied before Dortmund’s third by Roman Weidenfeller, gave the local United fans something to cheer in the 59th minute by simply turning home a Mata lay-off, but that that was as good as it got.

There was still time for Dortmund’s fourth as Castro scored the goal of the night, hitting a fizzing strike across Sergio Romero into the top corner.

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