Owen on target in United win
Goals from Michael Owen and Federico Macheda were enough to see Man Utd win against a Malaysia XI.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 20/07/09 4:20pm
Goals from Michael Owen and Federico Macheda were enough to see Manchester United earn their second win over Malaysia in three days.
The match was quickly arranged after United decided to call the Indonesia leg of their Far East tour off following the terrorist attacks in Jakarta.
United were guilty of resting on their laurels the last time the two teams met on Saturday, after they surrendered a two goal lead, only for Owen to come off the bench and net his first goal in a United shirt at the death.
The Premier League champions began this game brightly with Owen starting alongside 17-year-old Macheda and the Italian was soon on the score sheet.
Fabio Da Silva cut in and crossed from the left but his ball evaded everyone until Darren Fletcher arrived at the back post to calmly pull the ball back for Macheda, who took a touch and confidently fired home on 11 minutes.
Owen added a second two minutes later when he tapped home after a dangerous cross from the left by Zoran Tosic and that was the way it remained until the end.
Substitutions played their part in slowing the game down, with the hosts guilty of changing their whole side but United will be disappointed they did not capitalise on their good start.
Wayne Rooney was guilty of screwing a shot wide with his left-foot when free in the area, after he was eventually introduced in the second-half to the delight of the Malaysian crowd.
Anderson also missed an easy chance to open his United account when John O'Shea picked him out just five yards from goal, only for the Brazilian to shoot wide. The midfielder seemed unperturbed as he ran off with his trademark grin still prominent on his face.
Second-half substitute Tomasz Kuszczak, who replaced Ben Foster in goal, was called into action late on when he parried away a close range goal-bound effort.