Manchester United easily accounts for LA Galaxy in preseason tour opener

From ESPN - July 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United kicked-off their summer tour with a comfortable 5-2 win over LA Galaxy.

Rashford opened the scoring after just two minutes at the StubHub Center in Carson and added a second before half-time to go with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial.

Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof had to settle for places on the bench at the start but came on at half-time to make their United debuts.

Giovani dos Santos and Dave Romney scored for the Galaxy late on.

If Mourinho wanted a test, he did not get it but Rashford's performance, in particular, was impressive.

United started in a unfamiliar system. Mourinho picked Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind as a back three with Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard as wing-backs.

He insisted before kick-off it was a trial, rather than a hint at next season's preferred formation. With Lukaku on the bench, it meant Rashford could play up front with help from Juan Mata.

And it took just two minutes for the teenager to get United's tour up and running.

The smoke from the pre-game fireworks had barely cleared by the time Lingard won the ball on the left.

It broke to Rashford who side-footed his finish past Jon Kempin in the Galaxy goal. With just two minutes gone, United were 1-0 up.

Last time these two teams met was the start of United's 2014 tour, Louis van Gaal's first as manager. Since then, there have been a lot of changes.


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