After a ridiculously elaborate opening ceremony that was worthy of the Olympics or the World Cup and lasted more than 20 minutes, Chivas de Guadalajara finally opened its new stadium – Estadio Omnilife – with a friendly match against Manchester United.
It seems fitting that Javier Hernández scored the first goal, even if it was for his old club against his new club (the young striker has been in fine form since the World Cup, when he scored goals against France and Argentina and is only adding to his mystique in Mexico). Amusingly, Paul Scholes picked up the first booking in the new stadium, which is perhaps fitting given his history of atrocious tackling. Chivas played the better game and deserved to win, especially in their new stadium.
With all that said, Sir Alex Ferguson chose a young squad again, continuing the tour’s main theme. Tom Cleverley impressed, once again, while Nani (despite a goal) and Tomasz Kuszczak did not. There are a number of projects – both Ritchie de Laet and Mame Biram Diouf should be sent out on loan ASAP – but Cleverley deserves a place on the bench and some playing time. Fabio looked good, especially since he was struggling with cramps against the MLS All-Stars, and Rafael’s omission was telling.
All in all, United are in a decent position and the tour has given Fergie some food for thought. There is still some time for a couple of moves before the season.