A goal in either half from Henrik Mkhtiryan and his replacement Juan Matahelped Manchester United to a 2-1 victory over Sampdoriaat Dublin’s Lansdowne Road in the Reds’ final pre-season game on Wednesday. The pair’s goals came either side of Dennis Praet’s strike to ensure a positive end

The next two European Champions Cup finals will be played in rugby’s hinterlands, fulfilling a pledge made by the clubs when they took over the running of the tournament two years ago. Until then, the showpiece had tended to be