Real Salt Lake lost 2-1 to Manchester United on Monday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in an international friendly match in front of a lively crowd of 20,241 fans. Luis Silva tallied RSL’s lone goal in the match in the 24th minute when he was able to place his shot past United goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira on a fantastic assist from Jefferson Savarino. Henrikh Mkhitaryan evened things up five minutes later on a strike from the top of the box that beat Nick Rimando to the near post. Romelu Lukaku scored the first goal of his Manchester United career in the 38th-minute when he faked out RSL reserves Aaron Maund and Lalo Fernandez and finished far post. The second half saw some disciplinary and injury concerns pop up as Manchester midfielder Juan Mata came up lame after a challenge by Sebastian Saucedo. Saucedo’s night would end early in the 68th minute when United defender Antonio Valencia took him out that earned Valencia a red card for the challenge. RSL had a couple chances to even the scoreline late but came up short in a 2-1 defeat.
Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman and midfielder Albert Rusnak talked to the media Monday night at halftime after playing 30 minutes in the international friendly against Manchester. Beckerman said he would have liked to have played more but with a MLS date on Wednesday night in Portland, he understood why the Claret-and-Cobalt’s starters only played the first third of the match. Rusnak said it meant a lot to face United after he spent a lot of his youth playing in the Manchester City system. Listen to their comments here:
RSL head coach Mike Petke said he was impressed with his club’s effort the entire 90 minutes despite the numerous player substitutions and formation changes. He said the style that he’s seen and implemented in the Orlando City and Los Angeles Galaxy matches and the first 30 minutes of tonight’s match is what he wants his team to do as they move forward into the latter half of the MLS season, beginning Wednesday night against the Portland Timbers. Listen to his comments in their entirety here:
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took some exception to the red card that was handed out to Antonio Valencia, saying that the energy that Sebastian Saucedo played with wasn’t necessarily appreciated by United mercurial boss. He said that he liked what he saw from RSL’s starting XI and hoped he would have been able to see more of them but understood that minutes restrictions were in place due to the Portland match on Wednesday. Mourinho was complimentary of Major League Soccer and Real Salt Lake, saying he’s seen the quality increase over time. Listen to his comments below or in the video above: