Even though it was just a friendly, the Man U fans are celebrating as if they got revenge against Barcelona, even though the Catalan side didn't have Messi and didn't play Xavi as well. Still, De Gea looked spectacular at times. Kobe Bryant is out there shaking hands with Vidic.
Thats the ball game.
One minute they love you, the next they don't. Owen missed a point blank shot opportunity in front of goal. His foot hit the ball at the wrong angle and the shot went flying into the stands.
Crucial play for Phil Jones!!!! He leaps up and heads away a header from Carmona.
It's so easy for Barcelona to weave past Man U's defense but the Red Devils continue to make key interceptions. Their fullbacks have neutralized Barcelona's width.
The crowd was just announced. Over 81,800 people in attendance. A record for soccer in the D.C. area.
The momentum is starting to swing United's way. They are starting to control possession and are getting up the field.
Goal Michael Owen
GOAL!!!! Owen beats his man thanks to a great pass from Cleverly. The old man still has it and he puts it away.
Barca is now on the aggressive. They are charging up the field but Man U catches up. There is no doubt that these two teams are the best in Europe.
Goal Thiago Alcántara
GOAL!!!!! Thiago makes a amends!!!! The Brazilian born midfielder hits a dazzling shot just outside of the penalty box. Who needs Cesc Fabregas when you have this kid?
De Gea is proving his to be worth every pence of his 18.3 million pound move from Altetico. He is having a great game.
If you're new to watching Barca play that was a prototypical play by the Catalan side. Perfect touch by touch execution and Thiago should have put that in the back of the goal.
GREAT SAVE by Valdes! The keeper blocks a stunning right footed attempt by United's young forward Welbeck
Barcalona is definitely knocking on the door. They want this win. On a side note, Pep has decided to give Villa a rest and subs him out for Carmona
Great interception by Fabio on Pedro.
Despite the Catalan club continuing to retain the ball, Man U has done a superb job of defending.
Barca is keeping the game in the middle of the park, patiently waiting for its chance.
Great save by De Gea on a curling shot from Pedro. The Spanish keeper must be happy to be going against the La Liga champions.
Can Barcelona get on the scoresheet? They have dominated the game and have almost double Man U's possession with 62 percent. The Red Devils got lucky with a great Nani goal set up by a counter.
Barca kicks off! Second half begins!
Players are walking back on the field.
One of the most famous Barcelona fans in the world, Kobe Bryant is taking penalty kicks right now. If I'm correct on my count, he's 5-for-5
Good first half all around. Both sides tried to push the pace and neither stayed away from the hard tackles. That's what the fans came to see, and to the credit of both teams they've put on a show so far.
Half comes to an end after about 15 seconds of stoppage. Good first half. United early had the better of it, Barcelona for most of the rest of the half. But it's the English club up 1-0 at the break.
United defending deep again. Nani, a bit too confident on the ball back there, almost makes a mistake but United gets is clear again.
Now Afellay pulls up with what looks like a hamstring. Disappointing for him. He's been a bright spot tonight.
Burst of pace from Afellay sets a chance for Villa, who has it blocked away.
Nani has been dangerous for United tonight. He got down the right again there and put in another dangerous ball, out for a corner, and Barcelona clears the danger.
Too much out of Afellay on the next go-round. The thought was good, he's clearly a tricky player, but he couldn't keep it in play.
Barcelona with plenty of the ball, and actually getting forward well, but United's defense is tucked in tight and cleared out another chance there. Afellay manages a hit from a tight angle, and send it wide of the mark.
Still 1-0 to United. Some tough tackling going on. Iniesta down on the pitch now, and he's not the first. Plenty of hard play for a friendly.
Yellow Card Jonathan Dos Santos
Card there for Dos Santos, Ashley Young just megged him and drew the foul. Well played from the English winger, but that's going to happen to a young midfielder who is playing out of position at the back.
Sloppy out of the back again from United, Barcelona applying a very high line, but Sir Alex's defense has been able to recover every time to this point.
Barcelona back in possession, and Iniesta with a shot up over the top. Plenty of fight in this match so far. Neither team treating it much like a meaningless friendly yet.
Goal for United on the break. Welbeck sets the table for Nani, who holds just long enough to beat the high line, and then his speed was just too much. 1-0 to United.
Barcelona getting the better of it now. Padro ghosting around Fabio and drawing a foul for his move, and then a ball being sent across the face, cleared behind for a corner.
Dos Santos has done well on the right side of Barcelona's defense to this point, couple of loose passes, but he looks comfortable back there.
First change of the night sees one of United's twins replaced by the other. Fabio in fro Rafael, who picked up a knock.
Now it's Barcelona, back on the ball, slowly, slowly does it. Great ball from Thiago looking for Pedro, has to be knocked behind for a corner.
United really kind of bossing the early going of this match. A few half-chances, Rooney's being the only really dangerous moment.
Giveaway from United almost gifted Barcelona a chance, but the final ball was again lacking. As expected, plenty of action in the middle of the pitch, but United just worked another chance. Good work from Anderson to free Nani down the right, ball in to Rooney and he sends it wide of the mark.
Play back underway. Barcelona knocking the ball around confidently.
Slight break for injury. Barcelona player is down on the pitch.
Chance there for United. Welbeck getting down the left and throwing a cross into the face of the goal. Well dealt with.
Pretty even opening. Both sides trying to claim the early possession.
Match underway. Some intriguing things to look for here. Welbeck is up top with Rooney, Villa and Pedro on the other side, but the battle here will be won and lost in the middle of the pitch. For our Mexican fans, no Chicharito in this, but the younger Dos Santos is on the field for Barcelona.
Lineups announced. Good strong sides for both teams, sprinkled with youth and new signings as well. Barcelona in the black kit, United in the traditional red. Just a few minutes away from kick.
Getting set for Barcelona and Manchester United, in a friendly rematch of last season's Champions League final. Should be entertaining to watch either way, despite some missing stars and the reality being that there isn't anything riding on the match.
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed