Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds has wished Paul Mullin a “speedy recovery” after the striker was involved in a scary clash with Nathan Bishop in their friendly match against Manchester United.
Wrexham have been on a pre-season tour in the States this summer having already played friendlies against Chelsea and LA Galaxy II.
A hotly-anticipated match against United was next on their list in front of a sold-out crowd at the Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego.
But the match was marred by an incident early in the first half where United goalkeeper Bishop was involved in a reckless challenge on Mullin.
The 23-year-old rammed into the side of the Wrexham forward, leaving him in a heap on the ground. Mullin writhed around in agony before receiving medical attention, where he was given oxygen.
He had to be helped off the pitch eventually and was taken to hospital, where it was later revealed he suffered damage to his lung from the challenge. And Reynolds has spoken out on the incident, wishing Mullin a “speedy recovery”.
“Paul Mullin puts his last drop of blood into everything he does,” Reynolds tweeted. “The entire @Wrexham_AFC community is pulling for a speedy recovery.”
There doesn’t appear to be any bad blood from Reynolds’ side of things as he thanked United for giving Wrexham the chance to play them in a friendly. He added after the game: “Massive thanks to @ManUtd for the incredible opportunity to play against a legendary Premier League side.”
But the same can’t be said for Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson, who urged Bishop to “steer clear” of the Welsh side’s staff. “I’m fuming about it,” Parkinson said.
“It was a clumsy, reckless challenge in a pre-season game and I’m not happy with it at all. I haven’t seen the goalie and he’s probably best steering clear of us for the time being.”
Bishop avoided a red card for the tackle, but was constantly booed throughout the first half from the crowd. Wrexham received most of the support and they took the lead midway through the opening 45 minutes through Elliot Lee before Aaron Hayden doubled his side’s lead.
United pulled one back before the break through 19-year-old Marc Jurado, but that proved to be the only highlight for United on a dismal day for Erik ten Hag’s youthful side. Daniel Gore was sent off minutes after the restart, leaving United down to 10 men with Wrexham adding a third in the second half to wrap up victory.