Manchester United fell 4-2 in a friendly with LaLiga club Cádiz on Wednesday, despite coming back from a two-goal deficit to temporarily equalize at the Nuevo Mirandilla.
After early goals from Carlos Garcia and Anthony Lozano in the opening 14 minutes for the home side, United came from behind with a 21st-minute Anthony Martial penalty and a Kobbie Mainoo goal three minutes after he came on as a substitute in the break.
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But Cádiz would have the last word, with Rubén Sobrino transforming a cross at 57′ and Tomás Alarcón adding a fourth at 77′ to give the team victory, currently 19th in LaLiga.
The game was set up to keep players not participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar ongoing before the return of club soccer immediately after the winter tournament.
Anthony Martial was one of the players from the first team that participated for Manchester United in the friendly against Cádiz. Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images
Man United’s starting line-up included seven players who have featured in the Premier League so far this season: Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek, Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Elanga and Martial.
After quickly falling two goals behind, United began their comeback when 19-year-old midfielder Zidane Iqbal was fouled in the box and Martial scored from the penalty spot with a Panenka.
Mainoo, a 17-year-old midfielder who had yet to make his competitive debut for the first team, equalized the visitors with a deflected effort from inside the box.
Both teams made big changes at half time with United replacing all 10 outfield players and Cádiz making nine changes. The hosts were the ones who adapted the best, getting to score the victory.
Erik ten Hag’s side will also take on Real Betis in Spain on Saturday before competitive play returns after the World Cup with a Carabao Cup round of 16 clash at home to Burnley on December 21, three days after the World Cup final.