Michael Owen. Federico Macheda (2) and Ji-Sung Park were the goalscorers as Man United kicked-off their North American tour with a comfortable 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution. Kenny Mansally got the Revs goal.
United started with Anders Lindegaard in goal, a back four of Fabio, Jonathan Evans, Nemanja Vidic and Rafael. In midfield Nani started on the right, Anderson and Michael Carrick in the middle with Ashley Young on the left. Up front was Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney.
While the game was scoreless at half-time a couple of things stood out. Young looked really good in the first half, linking up often with the overlapping Fabio and Rooney. He put in some good crosses that Rooney, Nani and Berbatov just failed to connect on.
With the speed of Young, Nani and Valencia, United will rip quite a few sides to shreds this season down the flanks. Not sure how it will be against the better teams, but against the bottom half of the Premier League, United should score a lot of goals next season, with the wingers getting a lot of assists.
Revs boss Steve Nicol had to be happy with his sides performance in the first half when he played his strongest 11. With a game against the Union on Sunday, Nichol made 8 substitutions in the second half, and United took more control of the game and ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
At half-time United brought on Federico Macheda and Michael Owen for Rooney and Berbatov and they both scored well-taken goals, after great balls from Carrick. It was funny on that my dad said to me that he didn’t think Carrick was playing well, then you look up and see that he has two assists on United’s first goals.
The loudest cheer of the night was for Ryan Giggs, and he marked his introduction with a great pass to Park for his goal.