Man Utd's Mata confident of banishing Super Cup curse

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 3, 2017

Manchester United enjoyed a 2-1 victory against Sampdoria in their final pre-season game of the summer on Wednesday evening, with goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata securing the win.

Mata said he is now firmly focused on adding the Uefa Super Cup medal to his collection after missing out on winning the trophy twice during his Chelsea days.

Manchester United defeated Sampordia in their final pre-season game against Sampordia.

Matic was asked to train alone in London while the rest of the Chelsea squad embarked on a tour of the Far East, before completing his £40million move to Old Trafford last week.

The Serbian's composure helped the Europa League winners maintain control throughout the opening period, but a series of half-time changes stifled their momentum.

Early in the match David De Gea was forced to make a save off of an errant back pass from Blind.

Sampdoria threatened little, but when they did, United looked suspect, like when Fabio Quagliarella latched onto a dinked through-ball with an attempted lob only to see his effort land marginally wide.

Mkhitaryan should have doubled his tally in the 22nd minute, but the Armenia global this time headed Antonio Valencia's whipped delivery straight at Christian Puggioni.

The reshuffle proved costly in the 63rd minute when Smalling failed to clear Karol Linetty's cut-back, the loose ball falling kindly for Praet to drive home.

New arrival Nemanja Matic made his unofficial United debut as the Red Devils edged past the Italian rivals Sampdoria.

United warmed up for the showdown with the Champions League winners by beating Sampdoria 2-1 in a friendly in Dublin, with Mata scoring the victor from an Anthony Martial cross.

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