After defeating LA Galaxy II, recently promoted League Two side Wrexham dominated a young Manchester United squad at the Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California. However, the result was overshadowed by an unfortunate incident that involved Wrexham striker Paul Mulin and Man United's young goalkeeper Nathan Bishop.
In the 12th minute of Tuesday's game, Mulin and Bishop collided on the field while contesting for the ball in the box. The Wrexham striker was hit in the chest during the collision and fell on the ground as the medical team rushed to his aid. The 28-year-old English forward was treated for around seven minutes before being substituted as he left the pitch with an oxygen mask.
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Wrexham coach Phil Parkinson issues warning for Bishop
After the incident, Wrexham boss Parkinson was fuming over the incident that involved a "reckless challenge" by the opposition goalkeeper. Parkinson said, " It is a real blow for us, you can't hide away from that. I thought it was a clumsy challenge from the goalkeeper and it should have been a straight red. It was a dangerous challenge and Mulls is our talisman. I'm fuming with it, I have to be honest about that. It was a clumsy, reckless challenge in a pre-season game."
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"I haven't seen the goalie and he's probably best steering clear of us for the time being because we're not very happy."
The League Two side co-owner Ryan Reynolds also took to his Twitter handle and wished for Mulin's speedy recovery. He wrote, " Paul Mullin puts his last drop of blood into everything he does. The entire @Wrexham_AFC community is pulling for a speedy recovery. "
Although suffering a reportedly punctured lung, Mulin was able to walk off the pitch on his feet and later received treatment in the hospital. The striker also shared a picture on his Instagram account giving a thumbs-up. He wrote, "Thank you for all your messages! All good here!"
Manchester United youngster Nathan Bishop also issued an apology on Twitter as he wrote, "Just wanted to share my sincerest apologies to Paul. A complete misjudgement and a genuine accident with 0 malicious intent at all! Wishing you the speediest recovery and hope to see you back scoring goals as soon as possible!"