As seems to be the way of these pre-season games the second half of this match was more or less phoned in by both teams. It was as if a gentleman’s agreement was made at halftime to leave it at that.
As such, all the action was in the first half, one in which Barcelona dominated through their big three, Messi, Suarez and Neymar (who was particularly dangerous). As good as these players are United will be disappointed they afforded them so much space in the centre of the park. I lost count of the times Barca was able to progress the ball unopposed down the spine — and from that position dangerous balls were fed out wide forcing United to defend facing their own goal and resulting in 12 first-half shots by Barca. Blind was caught out on a number of occasions and if it wasn’t for De Gea United would surely have lost by a much larger margin. As I mentioned, Rashford and Pogba were United’s best.