Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez got his United career off to a dream start as he helped the Reds claim the MLS All-Star trophy following a 5-2 victory in Houston.
Below the closed roof of the hugely impressive Reliant Stadium – home of the Houston Texans’ American football team – the Reds bounced back from a shock defeat in Kansas City to hammer the MLS All-Stars thanks to goals from Federico Macheda (2) – the first of his brace coming after just 24 seconds – Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley and new boy Chicharito.
The Mexican striker came on for the final half an hour and looked lively throughout. His looping finish from the edge of the box over goalkeeper Nick Rimando was a goal of top quality and certainly bodes well for the future.
After a two-game break, Edwin van der Sar returned between the sticks, while Rafael and Fabio flanked Wes Brown and Jonny Evans across the back four. Despite doubts before the game over Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea, both were deemed fit to start, interestingly, alongside each other in the centre of midfield. Gabriel Obertan and Nani provided the supply from the wings to Ryan Giggs and Federico Macheda in attack.
The All-Stars were led by former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel, while star man Landon Donovan started on the bench following his CONCACAF Champions League exertions on Tuesday night for LA Galaxy.
Following Sunday’s disappointing display and result against the Kansas City Wizards, the Reds were determined to make amends and it took just 24 seconds for Sir Alex’s men to bring the sell-out crowd to their feet.
Kevin Alstone tried to find Jamison Olave with a simple pass across the backline, but it was horribly underhit allowing Kiko Macheda to nip in