Manchester United lost to Borussia Dortmund (3-2) on Sunday during their pre-season tour of the United States. The Mancunians were bogged down by their own defensive errors.
Borussia Dortmund punished Manchester United’s defensive failings (3-2) in a friendly on Sunday in Las Vegas, handing the Premier League club a defeat in the last meeting of their North American tour. Dortmund substitute Yusuf Moukoko’s second-half goal was the difference in an entertaining game at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL franchise the Las Vegas Raiders.
United manager Erik ten Haag started the second team, leaving players such as Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and new signing Mason Mount on the bench. Nevertheless, United’s makeshift starting line-up equalized for Dortmund in the first half, dominating for long periods, before Portugal full-back Diogo Delot gave the Red Devils the lead in the 24th minute of the match. a long shot.
But Dortmund turned the tide in the closing minutes of the first half with Dutch international striker Donyal Malen scoring twice in a minute. The first came when United’s defense failed to hold off Karim Adeyemi’s attack from the right. Despite the attention of a cluster of United defenders, the German centre-forward managed to cross to Malen, who scored from close range.
Malen scored his second a minute later, this time taking advantage of a mistake by the away team after United’s stopper Viktor Lindelof had lost the ball in the box while attempting a back pass. United were fortunate not to be 3–1 behind in the opening minutes of the second half, when another defensive error, this time from Harry Maguire, allowed Sébastien Haller to score.
United’s new goalkeeper Andre Onana stepped up, then watched with relief as Adeyemi sent the ball out as the goal was empty. United came back from behind in the 52nd minute when Brazilian striker Antoni fired a low shot inside the box after a failed clearance from Dortmund veteran Mats Hummels.
Ten Haag then made a series of changes with 30 minutes remaining, with Rashford immediately posing a more offensive threat. But it was Dortmund who scored the decisive goal, with Marco Reus doing his best to clear the way for Mouoko’s victory.