Manchester United lost their final pre-season game to Italian champions 3-2 in what has to be the most thrilling match in their pre-season calendar.Despite the defeat Sir Alex Ferguson is in upbeat mood:
â€œIt was a meaningful game tonight,â€ he told MUTV. â€œWe understand that when we go to the Far East the quality isnâ€™t going to be as high as it was tonight, thatâ€™s obvious. So tonightâ€™s game was needed, we needed that tempo to the match.
â€œThe sharpness and the professionalism of the Inter Milan team was very good, their tackling and defending was aggressive. We needed that type of game too.
â€œAll in all the four games in the Far East were a step in terms of playing games, tonight was a step forward in terms of the pace needed to win top matches.â€
A massive crowd of 73,738 – a record friendly attendance at Old Trafford – were treated to a highly entertaining 90 minutes between the champions of England and Italy.
Roberto Mancini’s Inter won thanks to a brace from David Suazo and a neat finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Wayne Rooney and an Adriano own goal were United’s efforts.
The Italian champions appeared sharper in the first half, but United were clearly on top after the interval and were unfortunate not to at least take the game to a penalty shootout.