Owen goal gives United win over Barça
LANDOVER, Maryland (AP)
Michael Owen scored on a counterattack in the 76th minute to give Manchester United a 2-1 victory over FC Barcelona on Saturday night.
Nani also scored early for United, which exacted a measure of revenge in a preseason exhibition that doubled as a rematch of Barcelona's 3-1 victory in last May's Champions League final.
Thiago tied it for Barcelona in front of 81,807 at FedEx Field, the largest soccer crowd in Washington-area history.
Tom Cleverley set up Owen's goal, intercepting Sergio Busquets' pass in midfield, streaking toward goal, and then slipping a pass to Owen just in time to keep the forward onside.
Owen chipped the ball over Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who had rushed out to close the angle.
After a sluggish first half, Barcelona dominated the second until Owen's goal.
Thiago gave the defending Spanish league champions a deserved equalizer in the 70th minute, blasting a shot into the top right corner from about 23 yards out.
Nani put United, last year's Premier League winners, ahead through a similar move to Owen's. Danny Welbeck collected the ball in midfield, moved forward, and then found Nani alone, who drove a low finish past Valdes in the 22nd minute.