Published on July 20th, 2013 | by Ronan Newell0
Report: A-League All-Stars 1-5 Manchester United
Manchester United’s second game of the David Moyes era resulted in the Scot’s first win with United trouncing Australian outfit A-League All Stars 5-1.
Warrington born Jesse Lingard gave United the lead after just over ten minutes with a calm finish after being put through on goal.
United’s second came a little after the half hour mark through Danny Welbeck who also finished with aplomb when given the chance.
Michael Keane replaced Rio Ferdinand at half time and immediately shared the blame with United keeper Anders Lindergaard for Besart Berisha’s goal in the 52nd minute.
But United responded almost instantly with Lingard netting again to make it three. From then on, the game was plain sailing for United and Welbeck added a fourth before substitute Robin van Persie wrapped things up in the 87th minute.
Whilst upcoming youth impressed, Tom Cleverley also had a fantastic game which was refreshing to see for United fans after his poor display in the second half of the 2012/13 season. Van Persie was voted man of the match, a vote exclusively determined by the Dutchman’s big name calibre but Lingard and Zaha were superb.
United’s next stop on the 2013 pre-season tour sees the champions travel to Japan where Yokohoma F-Marino’s will be United’s opponents. Shinji Kagawa will join up with the Reds in Japan and David de Gea is likely to make his first appearance under Moyes.
Although pre-season is mainly about fitness, United fans and Moyes himself will be left licking their lips after the performances of Zaha, Lingard and Januzaj. A treat to watch, United fans will be hoping the trio get a good run of games before the season begins so that can get into the swing of first-team football.
A knock for both Danny Welbeck and Patrice Evra were the only downfalls of a game that United dominated from start to finish. United looked bright, entertaining and solid from the first whistle and a much better performance than last week’s is bound to leave Moyes pleased.
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