Manchester United vs LaLiga’s Cadiz : Manchester United fall to 4-2 friendly loss to LaLiga’s Cadiz
Wednesday’s friendly match between Manchester United and LaLiga team Cádiz ended in a 4-2 loss for United, despite the fact that they rallied from two goals behind to briefly tie the score.
Following early goals by the home team’s Carlos Garca and Anthony Lozano inside the first 14 minutes, United fought back with goals by Anthony Martial from the penalty spot in the 21st minute and Kobbie Mainoo three minutes after his halftime substitution.
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Rubén Sobrino converted a cross in the 57th minute, and Tomás Alarcón added a fourth in the 77th to give Cádiz, who are presently ranked 19th in LaLiga, the victory.
The competition was designed to keep participants sharp before the start of club football directly following the winter tournament in Qatar in 2022.
Seven players, including Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek, Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Elanga, and Martial, started for Man United in the Premier League so far this season.
United began their comeback when 19-year-old midfielder Zidane Iqbal was fouled in the box and Martial converted the ensuing penalty with a Panenka after swiftly falling down by two goals.
Then, Mainoo, a 17-year-old midfielder who has yet to play in a competitive first-team match, equalised for the visitors with a deflected shot from the edge of the box.
At halftime, both teams made significant substitutions: United changed all 10 of its outfield players, while Cadiz made nine changes. The hosts were the ones that adjusted best and ultimately prevailed.
Erik ten Hag’s team will play Real Betis on Saturday in Spain before returning to competitive play on December 21 at home against Burnley in the Carabao Cup round of 16 — three days after the World Cup final.