AC Milan vs Manchester United penalty shoot-out: Jose Reina, Joel Pereira star in frantic International Champions Cup finish
Goalkeepers Joel Pereira and Jose Reina makes multiple saves as preseason International Champions Cup friendly ends in dramatic style
Alexis Sanchez was on target as Manchester United defeated AC Milan on penalties in their International Champions Cup friendly in Los Angeles.
Chilean international Sanchez was United’s best performer in a low-key game at Carson’s StubHub Centre which finished 1-1.
Sanchez fired United into the lead with a well-taken goal on 12 minutes before Spanish midfielder Suso equalised for Milan three minutes later.
Although Sanchez produced a lively performance for United, the Premier League giants were unable to find a further goal, sending the game to penalties.
A bizarre shoot-out was won 9-8 by United, with both teams having to recycle their penalty takers after a string of missed spot-kicks.
Ander Herrera fired United into the lead in sudden death with his second penalty before Ivorian youngster Franck Kessie chipped his spot-kick over the bar to give United the win.
United’s Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Pereira, deputising for the absent David De Gea and Sergio Romero, said he hoped his performance in the shoot-out had helped his bid to win a place in manager Jose Mourinho’s squad.
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“Obviously I have been the last 18 months here and the manager shows good faith and trust in me, he wants me to play and he thinks it’s the right thing for me,” Pereira said.
“I will find out next week where I play next season. I want to prove the manager the faith he put in me is right.”