Yokohama F Marinos 3-2 Manchester United: Late strike hands Moyes second pre-season defeat

The Premier League champions went into half-time with a narrow lead, but second-half goals from Fabio Aguiar and Yoshihito Fujita saw the home side secure victory
Manchester United succumbed to a second defeat in their pre-season tour of Asia as Yokohama F Marinos battled to a thrilling 3-2 victory in the Nassan Stadium on Tuesday.

The Red Devils were stunned by an early strike from Marquinhos, and could have conceded further goals in an unsteady opening period, before Jesse Lingard bagged his third goal in two games to level the scores.  A calamitous Masakazu Tashiro own goal then ensured United went into the break in the lead.

Just as they did in the first half, Yokohama made a flying start to the second period with centre-back Fabio Aguiar equalising for the J-League outfit with a powerful header. The home side completed the turnaround when Yoshihito Fujita stroked the ball home late on.

Michael Carrick was absent from the squad with a groin injury, underlining the need to tie up a deal for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, while Wilfried Zaha started in a United attack that was spearheaded by Robin van Persie.

David De Gea, making his first pre-season start, had to wait just 27 seconds before he was picking the ball out of the back of the net. The Spaniard made a fine save to deny a thunderous long-range effort from Marquinhos, but the Brazilian followed up his effort to rifle the loose ball into the bottom corner with a crisp volley.

Yokohama, looking far fitter and sharper than their visiting opponents, were threatening to extend their lead. First Shunsuke Nakamura, once of Celtic, saw his corner headed off the line by Adnan Januzaj, then Yuzo Kobayashi hit the by-line and pulled the ball back for Marquinhos, forcing De Gea into a fine stop with his feet.

The Premier League champions finally made their class show in the 19th minute, as Zaha burst towards goal down the right, jinking his way past the 39-year-old Dutra and into the box. His cross, aimed at Van Persie, was blocked by Tashiro on the goal-line, but fell kindly to Lingard who tapped into the net.

Tashiro was back in the action soon after. Goalkeeper Tetsuya Enomoto was, not for the first time, left flapping at a set-piece delivery, this time from Januzaj, and the ball ricocheted off central defender Tashiro and bobbled towards goal. Despite a despairing last-ditch clearance, the whole ball tricked across the line and the goal was given.

David Moyes made two changes at half-time, introducing Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck in place of Lingard and Van Persie respectively. The England striker almost made an immediate impact, forcing substitute keeper Yuji Rokutan into a sprawling save, before Jonny Evans side-footed the ball wide from close range.

That miss would prove costly, as towering Yokohama defender Fabio soared above the United defence at the back post and headed a pin-point Shingo Hyodo corner past De Gea.

The home crowd erupted as if Yokohama had scored in the 62nd minute when Japanese poster-boy and local hero Shinji Kagawa was finally introduced. The former Dortmund schemer had a great chance to give United the lead moments later, but curled a left-footed effort straight into the arms of Rokutan.

United pushed forward in search of victory in the sweltering heat of the Nissan Stadium, but it was Yokohama who grabbed a thoroughly deserved winner. Substitute Jin Hanato, stumbling towards goal, squared the ball to Fujita who nervelessly placed the ball into the bottom corner.