First team coach Mike Phelan guided a strong Reds side to victory at East End Park, with one of the highlights being a 90-minute appearance from midfielder Paul Scholes.
Scholes’ surprise run-out came just two weeks after a knee operation, and is a massive boost ahead of the new season. So too, was the 65-minute appearance of Owen Hargreaves, who turned in a solid display on his first United start.
Chris Eagles was within inches of putting United ahead after 13 minutes, only for Ryan Giggs’ inswinging cross to be deflected away from the youngster just before he could head home.
Pars winger Morrison fired a neat volley over Tomasz Kuszcak’s crossbar seven minutes later to underline that the hosts were not simply making up the numbers against their more illustrious opponents.
The Reds’ class told as they moved ahead after 23 minutes, however, and sadly man of the hour Thomson was involved, missing Giggs’ slotted through-ball and allowing Eagles time to clip home a calm finish.
Wayne Rooney was proving a constant thorn in the hosts’ side, and it was his inch-perfect pass which gave Giggs the chance to double United’s advantage in the 35th minute with an impudent chip over goalkeeper Murdoch.