Date: 18th July 2012 at 11:30pm
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Manchester United got their pre season off to a flyer with a win over AmaZulu in South Africa.

Kiko Macheda’s 1st half goal was enough to hand United victory, despite both sides having chances to ensure a higher scoreline.

United fielded an experimental side with starts for Robbie Brady, Freddie Veseli, Scott Wootton and the extremely impressive Jesse Lingard. Further fresh faces were introduced in the second half when Tyler Blackett, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Davide Petrucci and Marnick Vermijl all took to the field.

There was also time for a brief debut from Shinji Kagawa as he was introduced to the game in the 89th minute, but he will hope for a more influential role in coming games.

United took the lead on the 20th minute as Macheda latched onto a raking pass from Dimitar Berbatov, and his shot passed through the keeper’s legs on the way into the net. Berbatov showed he still has plenty to offer, a wonderfully struck and saved volley would have made highlight reels for years, even if not at Old Trafford with a virtuoso performance despite the unheralded opposition.

Anders Lindegaard was impressive when called into action making a number of important stops but ultimately it was United that had the best of the game and were rightful winners.

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