Uganda attacking midfielder Martin Mutumba was last night voted man of the match together with Nemanja Vidic as AIK Stockholm held English Premiership champions Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at the Friends Arena.
Mutumba, who was part of the Cranes’ last two crucial wins against Liberia (1-0) and Angola (2-1) in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in June, lasted 69 minutes in his impressive show.
“I am very happy with my performance today against a top team like Manchester United,” Mutumba told the media in Stockholm.
The Cranes midfielder was a handful to United’s defence, especially Rafeal and Michael Carrick. He showed speed and released shots that missed the target.
United’s Wayne Rooney missed the match as he reportedly remained in Manchester with an injured shoulder. The striker is unsettled at the club and rivals Chelsea are keen to sign him.
Fresh from their Asian tour, Manchester United under a new manager, David Moyes, fielded all their stars like Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie.
Mutumba becomes the second Ugandan player to play against Manchester United after David Obua, who faced the English champions while still at Kaizer Chiefs.
The player has also been named in the squad expected to face Egypt in an international friendly on August 14 in El Gouna.
The Cranes will use their friendly match as build-up ahead of the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal next month. The Cranes need an outright win against Senegal to qualify for the next round.