New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho saw his side get off to a poor start on their tour of China when they lost 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund on Friday. In 35 degrees Celsius heat at kick-off, the International Champions Cup soccer match was largely played at a pedestrian pace with frequent breaks to take on water.Mourinho did not include Wayne Rooney, opting to give his captain more time to get fit after only joining the squad earlier in the week after Euro 2016.
Dortmund enjoyed the better of the early skirmishes and when they took the lead in the 19th minute the United defence had only themselves to blame. A long-range Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang free kick was parried by inexperienced 23-year-old goalkeeper Sam Johnstone as it dipped in front of him. The reserve gloveman was forced into a quick double save by Ousmane Dembele’s follow-up but Gonzalo Castro scrambled home at the third attempt from six yards.
And Dortmund went further ahead from another mistake in the 36th minute as Jones was penalised for handball, giving Aubameyang the opportunity to easily beat Johnstone from the spot. Mourinho responded by making four substitutions at half-time, sending on Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford for Johnstone, Jones, Depay and Lingard, and United were certainly brighter in the second half.
But they conceded a third goal just moments after Mkhitaryan had gone close as Dembele completely bamboozled Rojo before hammering a shot past the helpless Romero. It looked as though Mourinho’s side could be facing a humiliating defeat but they at least pulled a goal back within two minutes when Rashford – who has only had one training session since returning for pre-season – dummied the ball into the path of Juan Mata and he squared it for Mkhitaryan to slot home.
The Armenian and Daley Blind then made way for Adnan Januzaj and Paddy McNair after Dortmund themselves had made seven changes in one go. But the final goal went to Castro who beat a static defence and Romero in the 86th minute to complete a convincing victory. United wrap up their tour against Manchester City in Beijing on Monday.