Bebe rescues draw for United
Kagawa makes first start as Ajax Cape Town provide scare
Last Updated: July 21, 2012 4:28pm
Bebe: Equalised late on to salvage a 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town
Shinji Kagawa made his first start for Manchester United against Ajax Cape Town but it was Bebe who struck in the last minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.
Alcardo van Graan's smartly-taken goal four minutes from time had looked set to condemn the Red Devils to a surprise defeat on their tour of South Africa, only for the much-maligned Bebe to equalise.
Javier Hernandez may have felt he had something to prove following Sir Alex Ferguson's admission on Friday that he had made a bid for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
After an outstanding debut campaign, the Mexican faltered last term, scoring just 12 goals.
In barring Hernandez from Olympic duty, Ferguson was making it clear the forward would benefit from his first proper pre-season as a United player.
After a sluggish contribution to Wednesday's win in Durban, Hernandez was a bit livelier here, rising to meet Antonio Valencia's far-post cross, only for former Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld to palm it away.
Hernandez just failed to reach a delicate Michael Carrick through ball, which more or less wrapped up United's threat on the home goal as Kagawa eased his way through a first start where he looked good in parts but gave the impression he will need to bulk up for Premier League duty.
The £17million Japan star was presented with an outstanding opportunity by Hernandez after an hour but he guided a free header wide.
Fellow new-boy Nick Powell was given 25 minutes to impress in central midfield.
It was the introduction of record signing Dimitar Berbatov that really livened the 50,000 crowd up, though Van Graan threatened to emerge the hero until Bebe struck at the far post.