Manchester United have made a strong start to their US tour after a 5-2 victory over LA Galaxy, with Marcus Rashford scoring 2 of the goals at the StubHub Centre.
United boss Jose Mourinho played two different sides in either half and gave new signings Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof their debuts, neither managed to open their account with the Red Devils. The Portuguese revealed after of his plans to pair Rashford and Lukaku in attack.
With David Beckham looking on Rashford opened the scoring in the 2nd minute of the game, punishing an error from Ariel Lassiter near the Galaxy penalty area to dart in on goal and place his finish beyond goalkeeper Jon Kempin.
The England striker then doubled his personal tally in the 20th minute. Ander Herrera won the ball then passed it to Juan Mata who in turn played a pass through for Rashford. The England man again has only the keeper to beat, and he cooly rolled it into the bottom corner for a brace.
Marouane Fellaini scored the third six minutes later, striking home a left-foot finish from the edge of the area. A further two goals were scored in the second half by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial in the 67th and 72nd minute respectively.
Mourinho had tried out a three-man defence system during the friendly and said afterwards: ‘The most important thing for me was to compete and the second important thing was to see the players on the pitch in a system which we only played twice last season, so it is far from being our system but we have been working in the last two days to improve. Positionally it was good.’
United next face Real Salt Lake at the Rio Tinto Stadium in the early hours of Tuesday morning, before heading to Houston where they will play their first Manchester Derby outside the UK on 21st July, in the ICC Champions Cup.
They face Real Madrid at Levi’s Stadium on July 23.