Dortmund put United to the sword in Shanghai

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Jose Mourinho suffered his first loss as Manchester United manager when the Red Devils crashed to a heavy 4-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai.

Gonzalo Castro opened the scoring for the Bundasliga club on 20 minutes when he pounced on a loose ball in the 18-yard area after United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone failed to deal with a free-kick from Pierre-Emericak Aubameyang.

Gabon forward Aubameyang doubled his team’s advantage when he converted a penalty after Antonio Valencia was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box, as the Germans went into the halftime break with comfortable cushion.

Ousmane Dembele got Dortmund’s third when he raced past Marcus Rojo and Luke Shaw and slot the ball into the back of the net.

New signing Henrikh Mkhitarayan pulled one back for United as he got on the scoresheet against his old club, but it proved to be a false dawn for the English giants.

Castro got his second with four minutes remaining to put the result beyond doubt to highlight the task facing Mourinho at Old Trafford this season.

Mourinho was quick to downplay the result, pointing out that Dortmund had already played four games in the pre-season and sported much better match fitness.

“I think in pre-season the team that wins is always the team that is in an advanced stage of the preparation,” he told MUTV. “Always. Never the best team, always the team that is in advance. It was too obvious.

“The team with four matches in their legs against the team with one match. The team working a lot of months against us with a maximum of 15 days, some of them arrived three or four days ago. There was a huge difference in preparation. Nobody likes to lose. We’re not happy with that but happy with the 90 minutes we have in our legs. It was very important to compete in difficult circumstances with the weather and the opponents and that was good for us.”