Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Delight for Angel as Reds Edge Fiery Clash

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Delight for Angel as Reds Edge Fiery Clash

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By SAMUEL LUCKHURST AN Eric Bailly injury is as certain as death and taxes but it remains uncertain as to whether United will sign a centre half before August 8. The unfortunate Bailly, only just back from a three-month lay-off due to medial knee ligament damage, was carried off within 10 minutes of his introduction against Tottenham in the sweltering Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai.

It is deadline day for Premier League clubs in two weeks.

United's starting centre halves against Spurs - Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo - have been at the club for a combined 14 years. Phil Jones was absent from the matchday squad, presumably injured again.

Just like last year, the United manager is two targets short going into the final fortnight. Just like last year, a centre-back is required and, just like last year and previous years, Ed Woodward is under scrutiny. There is still time, and Harry Maguire is the undisputed priority.

An academy has assisted every one nine goals and Samuel Positivity has reigned on this United pre-season tour and they ended it with a fourth successive victory, crowned by a virtuoso goal by the 18-year-old Angel Gomes. An academy graduate has assisted or scored every one of United's nine goals in Australia and Asia. 'Youth, courage, success' is United's summer signing motto and extends to their academy contingent pushing for full-time promotions.

For someone without a Premier League minute to his name Daniel James is already attracting the attention of football's butchers. Three times Moussa Sissoko cruelly halted the United winger and three times he picked himself back up. One crude challenge from Sissoko could have warranted a red card yet the yellow was not even flourished.

James was backed up by Ashley Young, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, constantly in the referee's ear whenever their team-mate got a kicking. …

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