nigerian striker impresses for san jose against manchester united

16:30    23 Jul 2018

Striker Quincy Amarikwa caught the eye for Major Soccer League side San Jose Earthquakes as the they held Manchester United to a goalless draw at the Levi’s Stadium in California on Sunday night.

Amarikwa, who was born in California but has strong familial connections to Nigeria, played only the first half of the friendly but was a troublesome presence for United centre-backs Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.

The 30-year-old forward is eligible to represent the Super Eagles at international level and All Nigeria Soccer reports that he is keen to play for Gernot Rohr’s side, having not made any appearances for the country of his birth.

Despite the 0-0 draw, United manager Jose Mourinho says he is satisfied with his team’s progress. The Portuguese insists that they are only finding their feet and cannot be judged on pre-season results.

"We are not a team. We're a group of players from different teams," he told MUTV after the game.

"Some are first-team, some under-23s, some coming from loans and going on loan, some are younger, under-18s. We don't have a team to play much better than we did but (it's) one more training session."

The Red Devils are set to play four more friendlies – against Milan, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – before they get their 2018/19 Premier League season underway with a home match against Leicester City on August 10.

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