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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Friendlies Unkind to United, Arsenal Haunted by Changes

LONDON -- English champion Manchester United lost to Italy's Inter Milan for the second time in two weeks in a preseason friendly at Old Trafford.


United, which swept aside premier league rivals Newcastle 4-0 in the English F.A. Charity Shield on Sunday, went down 1-0 Tuesday to a second half header from Chilean international Ivan Zamorano, who joined the serie A side from Real Madrid in the off-season.


Inter beat United 3-0 in the first leg of the friendly tie in Italy two weeks ago.


Newcastle put its Charity Shield nightmare behind it with an impressive 2-1 win over Belgian league runners-up Anderlecht. Colombian forward Faustino Asprilla opened the scoring for Kevin Keegan's side, Anderlecht hit back through Gilles de Bilde, but French winger David Ginola scored the winner for Newcastle.


Meanwhile, troubled Arsenal, fielding a side containing only four first-team regulars, crashed 3-1 at third division Northampton.


The London side, reeling from the sacking of manager Bruce Rioch on Monday, took the lead at six minutes through Welsh international striker John Hartson, but Northampton hit back with three second-half goals.


Just four days before the start of the new season, Arsenal have not named a successor to Rioch, who had been in charge at Highbury for one season. The latest man to be linked with the job is Frenchman Arsene Wenger, 47, the former Monaco boss currently coaching in Japan. Former Barcelona coach Johan Cruyff has also been mentioned as a candidate.