Manchester United vs 100 Kids In Los Angeles

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho with Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera during training.

Reuters / Maxim Shemetov

Manchester United‘s pre-season tour of USA may not have gone exactly as planned, but there have been some positives to come out of it.

The club defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in the International Champions Cup, and fans also caught a glimpse of some of the United Academy’s top talents who made a name for themselves in the absence of regular squad players.

But on the flip-side, many will claim that manager Jose Mourinho’s tirade against club officials for not signing new players was bad enough, and a humiliating 4-1 defeat against Liverpool just ruined the entire pre-season tour.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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None of the defeats actually meant anything in terms of points, and the players clearly got a kick out of travelling to the United States and spending time with their fans from across the Atlantic, while also promoting the massive brand that is Manchester United.

One such instance was seen when United trio Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata all met up with TV personality James Corden for an episode of his show, and had to play a match against 100 kids in Los Angeles.

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The match was hilarious to say the very least, and can be seen on YouTube.

Herrera found himself mocking his own ‘diving’ methods during the game, but the icing on the cake comes at the very end, when Juan Mata decides to get a little competitive against the kids and uses a bicycle kick to hit the winning goal for his side.

The game ended 2-1, and even Jose Mourinho himself participated in the contest, acting as linesman and egging the teams on as they played out a thrilling encounter.

Mata’s bicycle kick was reminiscent of his acrobatics against Liverpool a few years ago, and how United fans wish he would come up with the goods again this season.