90+3’ - There’s the final whistle. Plenty for Benitez to think about with the start of the new season a week away.
90+2’ - Cross into the box, Mina beaten to it by Diogo Dalot whose looping header is over Begovic, 4-0. Horrible defending again.
86’ - The game has devolved into a preseason kickabout with all the changes.
82’ - Digne freekick into the box, Holgate can’t connect with the target.
77’ - Keane and Godfrey have been decent today, they’re off for Holgate and Mina now. Freescoring youngster Lewis Dobbin is also on for Gray.
66’ - Godfrey on his customary one-run-a-game charge forward, finds Gordon for a shot from distance, straight at the goalie.
Deflected cross from Townsend almost falls for Gordon but is cleared for a corner.
62’ - Iwobi free on the right, his low cross into the box is just inches ahead of a sliding Gray. So close.
60’ - Coleman and Allan coming off, Jonjoe Kenny and Tom Davies on.
Davies tackle on Paul Pogba creates a shooting chance for Iwobi, pulled wide.
58’ - Bar! Gray with a lovely flick to release Digne, the Frenchman’s centre is touched on by Iwobi and Townsend curls his foot around the ball and clatters the underside of the bar, the ball bounces on the line and out!
52’ - Allan barged off the ball in the box by Luke Shaw, rebound falls to Townsend and his snapshot is straight at the goalie.
48’ - Coleman catches Daniel James with a high boot and gets booked, giving up a freekick in a dangerous spot on the wing. Poor clearance from Digne allows Fernandes to shoot from distance, just wide, but Begovic looked to have it covered.
46’ - Second half underway, Asmir Begovic, Fabian Delph and Anthony Gordon on for Pickford, Doucoure and James
Richy might still regret that pair of missed chances as Spain have now equalized with half an hour left to play.
45’ - Halftime whistle. Could not come quickly enough for the Blues.
Richarlison has been foiled by Unai Simon, ball goes off the bar. He should have had two today and the game out of sight for Brazil, they lead 1-0 still against Spain.
40’ - The Blues have had some possession but are passing the ball around impotently.
36’ - Deflected shot wins the Blues a corner that is cleared. Digne cross back into the box is a heading chance for Godfrey, but it’s wide and over.
31’ - More comic defending from Everton here as Digne the latest to make an error. Everton look very unprepared for the new season here.
26’ - Cheap freekick given away by Doucoure and Fernandes curls his freekick over the wall and into the goal, no chance Pickford. This is a joke now, United lead 3-0.
22’ - Demarai Gray with a lovely jinking run and tries to play in Abdoulaye Doucoure instead of shooting, but it’s well-defended.
Meanwhile Richarlison has blazed a penalty over the bar with a chance to put Brazil ahead in the first half of the Olympic final against Spain. Oof.
19’ - United have a deflected shot for another corner that Maguire wins, this time the header is tamely at Pickford. Blues playing with fire.
17’ - Everton with possession and lots of chances to shoot, Iwobi finally puts a foot on it and puts it wide.
15’ - Coleman concedes a corner that is swung into the box, Harry Maguire beats Digne to it easily and heads home powerfully, 2-0. Why is the fullback marking their best header of the ball? The Blues are getting rolled easily here.
10’ - Oh my. Now Bruno Fernandes has a dipping shot at goal that Pickford spills again! Falls for Anthony Martial but Pickford is out quick to block, close to being 2-0 there.
8’ - Oof. Jordan Pickford fumbles and allows the hosts to take the lead. Lucas Digne with a diving header back to the goalie, and he drops the ball right at the feet of Mason Greenwood who rounds him and slides it into the net. Awful from the England #1, United lead 1-0.
5’ - United pressing here, have an almost full strength line-up the hosts. They win a corner that goes right through the box. Everton pressed into defending early.
1’ - After a minute’s applause for the healthcare workers for their stellar efforts during the pandemic, we are underway at Old Trafford.
Alex Iwobi wins an early corner. Andros Townsend curls it in but Ben Godfrey has interfered with the goalie David De Gea.
The lineups are out (scroll below). Rafa Benitez appears to have few resources available to him, with DCL, Kean, Gbamin and Gomes all being held out and James possibly in a false 9 role. Per the Echo, Calvert-Lewin had a toe injury after returning to training this week.
Meanwhile United have confirmed that Jesse Lingard has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating. Twitter rumour has it that both Kean and Gbamin have also received test-and-trace notifications and are also self-isolating.
Everton take on Manchester United in their final preseason friendly of the summer, after wins over Accrington Stanley, Blackburn Rovers, Colombian outfit Millonarios (on penalties) and Mexican side UNAM Pumas.
With Jordan Pickford, Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert-Lewin having returned to training, the lineup Rafa Benitez will field should be pretty close to the XI that will walk out at Goodison Park a week from today to begin the season against Southampton. Richarlison - currently playing the Olympic final with Brazil - is expected to miss at least a week or two as he takes a break following a hectic summer that saw him feature in the Copa America as well.
Hosts United have splashed the cash this summer, with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton coming in, adding some impressive depth to an already deep squad. Expect Ole Gunnar Solksjaer to give some youngsters minutes too as he tries to work out his 25 players for the season.
Competition: Preseason friendly #5
Date and start time: Saturday, August 7th at 4:45 a.m. PT / 7:45 a.m ET / 12:45 p.m. BST
Stadium: Old Trafford, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 60°F/16°C, showers, 76% chance of precipitation, 12 mph winds
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...— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 7, 2021
Here's how the Reds line up for our final pre-season friendly ✊ #MUFC
The Blues traveled to Old Trafford in February of this year and found themselves broken and battered as they went down 3-1 to the hosts, but showed quite some resolve to come back and tie the game at the death 3-3 to snatch a point behind closed doors.