• Pre-season friendlies

Bebe comes to United's rescue in Cape Town

ESPN staff
July 21, 2012
Shinji Kagawa impressed for Manchester United © Getty Images

Shinji Kagawa was handed a start by Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson's men drew 1-1 with Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.

Played in wet conditions, United fell behind with less than five minutes remaining when Alcardo van Graan scored for the hosts in freak circumstances.

However, much-maligned Portuguese Bebe came off the bench to snatch an equaliser in injury-time as United negotiated another friendly without picking up any serious injuries.

Kagawa looked sharp on the ball but struggled to gain much possession in a first-half team performance from United that will not have impressed Ferguson. The former Dortmund man actually missed the best chance of the first 45 minutes when heading Javier Hernandez's cross wide.

Nick Powell, another summer signing, made a first senior appearance, but it was Ajax Cape Town who went ahead as the ball somehow found its way into the net at a corner.

United responded through Bebe, who kept his cool in injury-time after Marnick Vermijl's driving run had created the opening.

Steven Naismith made his Everton debut as the Blues drew 1-1 in an end-to-end pre-season clash at Motherwell. Shane Duffy's header, from Victor Anichebe's cross, put David Moyes' side ahead in the first half but they were pegged back by a stunning volley from Nicky Law after half-time.

Moyes was able to give game time to the likes of Nikica Jelavic, Leon Osman, Anichebe, Sylvain Distin and Tim Cahill as Everton stepped up their pre-season programme. The Naismith/Jelavic combination up front, for the closing stages, looked particularly promising in a game of many chances.

Trialist Colin Kazim-Richards featured for West Ham as they recorded a 2-1 win at Colchester. After seeing Kevin Nolan limp off early on, Nicky Maynard gave the Premier League new boys the lead before Mark Noble double their advantage from the spot. Anthony Wordsworth pulled one back for Colchester, but Sam Allardyce's side held on for victory.

Swansea romped to a 5-0 friendly victory over Port Talbot, with Stephen Dobbie netting a hat-trick. The Scottish forward was joined on the scoresheet by Leroy Lita and Henry Jones.

Meanwhile, Mladen Petric's brace helped Fulham to a 2-2 draw with Kaiserslautern. Ilian Micanski and Albert Bunjaku gave the German outfit a two-goal cushion inside 14 minutes, but summer signing Petric scored either side of half time to earn Martin Jol's side a draw.

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