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5 August 2012
• Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
90' + 2'
Fulltime in Oslo and Manchester United draw 0-0 with Valerenga. The Premier League side dominated but just couldn't score despite some very impressive moves. Most importantly for United was the return on Nemanja Vidic who has been out of action since December. Up next for United is Barcelona in Gothenburg on Wednesday.
That goal just isn't arriving for United. Anderson is given all the time in the world on the edge of the area and tries to place his shot in the top corner, but it is just a bit too high.
Fortuitous goalkeeping by Hirschfeld. Kagawa produced a lovely flick to play Valencia in. The winger puts it in the danger area and Hernandez gets a touch, but the keeper manages to stop it without knowing much about it.
United having a final surge for that elusive goal. Powell almost has a chance as Nani squares it to him on the edge of the area, but his strike is blocked.
Another great move by United. Nani dances round the defence then feeds Kagawa in to his left, but his cross/shot has just a little too much on it and Hernandez couldn't get a foot on it.
Good play by Keane as he twists and turns his way to the edge of the area, then passes left to Nani who puts in a low cross, but Keane couldn't quite reach it.
Claims for a penalty from Valerenga there as Lingard knocks Anene over, but the referee wasn't interested.
The raft of changes has seen the match go a bit slow, but hopefully it will pick up again.
Two exciting youngsters on for Untied now as Nick Powell and Jesse Lingard move into the midfield.
Valencia goes close this time. Scholes slides a pass to the winger who opens up his body and fires towards goal, but it fizzes just wide of the far post.
Nani and Kagawa combine well in the left side of the area, but the Japanese midfielder's shot goes wide of the far post.
Rooney clears off the line! The corner goes straight to the far post where Suleiman heads goalwards and Rooney gets back to hook it off the line.
Valerenga get themselves a rare chance as Suleiman shoots from a narrow angle, but the ball is deflected behind. Valerenga corner.
More good play by United. Young sends Rooney down the right behind the defence, who then cuts the ball back to Kagawa, but it is slightly behind him and instead Nani shoots, but he balloons it into the stands.
Great play by United. Kagawa masterfully turns his marker then slides Young into the penalty area, but no one was there to get on the end of his low ball across the goalmouth.
Anderson goes for goal from the free-kick, but it is very easy for Hirschfeld.
Free-kick for United as Nani is clattered on the edge of the area, however replays show that it was in fact inside the penalty area.
Valencia storms down to the byline and chips a cross into the centre where several United players were lining up, but the ball just wouldn't drop for Anderson or Rooney and Valerenga clear.
The Norwegian fans have been begging for Scholes pile-driver all afternoon and thought they were about to get as the midfielder tried his luck from range, but his shot is scuffed and goes well wide.
Not related to this match, or even this sport, but for those interested Great Britain's Andy Murray has just won gold in Olympic tennis, beating Roger Federer.
United making changes as Kagawa and Anderson come on.
Valerenga considerably more involved in this second-half so far as Anene heads just wide of Lindegaard's goal.
Nani delivers from the right once again after receiving a pass from Valencia and Scholes almost gets his head on it, but is beaten in the air after what appeared to be a push.
The match is a lot more open at the beginning of the second-half, something that will undoubtedly play into the hands of United.
Another decent cross from the right by Nani as he delivers towards Welbeck, but Hirschfeld just got there first.
That should be 1-0 to United. Scholes worked the ball out to Nani who crossed, but Rooney got under the ball with his head and it goes over.
Collector's item there as Valencia delivers a poor cross from the right.
Nani almost in there as he tries to get on the end of Carrick's long ball, but halftime sub Hirschfeld beats him to it.
United kick-off the second half.
45' + 1'
Halftime in Oslo between Manchester United and Valerenga. United have been in control and had a number of chances, but they have failed to take them and almost allowed their hosts to take the lead late on. Entertaining match so far.
What a chance for Suleiman! Berre crosses from the right and the forward nips in front of Valencia to head just wide of the post. Inches wide.
Great delivery from the left by Young, but Rooney's glancing header goes just wide of the far post.
Welbeck really in the mood today. This time he does it all himself as he breezes past the defenders and shoots from 25 yards, but Kongshavn palms it round the post.
What a save by Kongshavn! Valencia got forward from right-back and cut a ball back into the area for Welbeck, but the goalkeeper somehow managed to save his powerful strike from a matter of yards away.
Good delivery by Nani as he plays a ball in between the defence and goalkeeper, but the stopper puts it straight back into the danger area. However, Carrick can't get a meaningful shot away.
Fantastic link-up between Rooney and Welbeck. The young forward passed to Rooney who immediately played a return into the area for Welbeck, but he couldn't quite get it under control as the goalkeeper comes to collect.
Welbeck has another chance, but the outcome is the same as before as he heads Rooney's cross wide.
Corner for United. Valencia knocks the ball past his marker and then smashes a cross into the area, but a deflection takes it behind.
United in control here and Welbeck tries his luck this time. The forward pounced on a ricochet then faked to shoot before attempting to curl a shot into the bottom far corner, but it goes wide.
Nani tries to do a little too much as he embarks on a solo run through the centre but is halted by Gonzalez.
More good play from United and Nani is involved again. Scholes chips a ball to the Byline and Nani gets it back into the danger area, but no United players can quite reach it.
Scholes not amused by Anene's antics as the forward makes the most of very little contact. Valerenga win a free-kick, but nothing comes of it as the delivery goes straight out for a goalkick.
Rooney nearly gets a chance to open the scoring as he waits at the back post for Young's cross, but it fizzes just over him.
Nani, Rooney and Scholes all stood around that free-kick, but Rooney tried his luck and won a corner due to the wall heading it out of play.
Free-kick to United on the edge of the area after a lovely move. Valencia and Nani combined in the right-back area, allowing Valencia to charge on, picking out Rooney. Rooney knocked it forward to Welbeck, who cut inside and was brought down.
A chance for Young this time. Nani got down to the byline before cutting back and beating his man, then passing to Young, but his shot is blocked. Young appears to be up front with Welbeck now, while Rooney has moved out to the left.
Another good chance for Valerenga as Anene cuts back on to his right foot just outside of the area and then shoots, with a deflection taking it just wide of the post. Very close.
More good play by Nani as the winger pulls off a clever backheel to pick out Carrick who marches forward, but surprisingly his pass to Welbeck is poor.
Decent effort from Zajic for Valerenga as the Serbian tries his luck from range, but it whistles past Lindegaard's left post.
A first attack from Valerenga as Keane, playing at left-back, is beaten easily, but Lindegaard collects the ball.
Nani causing problems once again. The winger cuts inside from the right and slides a pass into the area to Welbeck. Welbeck tries to flick it back to Nani, but he can't quite pull it off and Valerenga clear.
Nearly a chance for United. Valencia crosses from the right, but it is cleared straight to Nani who storms down to the byline, but his effort is smothered by the goalkeeper.
Tame start in Norway so far. The early combination play between Nani and Valencia looked encouraging, but both teams are sitting back a bit more.
Paul Scholes warming up his long-range passing for the season, and one brilliant diagonal pass to Nani shows he is looking in decent shape so far.
Valerenga having a bit of possession on the right-hand side and win a throw-in from Michael Keane, but United soon get the ball back.
Unfortunately for United nothing comes of the corner and when presented with a chance to shoot, Nani's touch deserts him.
Corner to United as Rooney finds Nani on the right, and the winger flicks the ball to his right for the overlapping Antonio Valencia, but the Ecuadorian's attempted cross is blocked.
Nani already testing his marker as he cuts inside the left-back and wins a free-kick on the right-wing. A sign of things to come for the Valerenga defence, I feel.
United have named a very strong team for the match today with Nani, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck all taking part in their first pre-season matches of the summer, while the game also sees a return from injury for Nemanja Vidic.
The action in underway in Norway.
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