and finish with aplomb. It was the perfect start for the Reds whose passing and movement was slick from the off. And it didn’t take long for the visitors to double their advantage.
After Wes Brown had seen his header from a Giggs corner deflected wide, Macheda rose to head home Nani’s follow-up set-piece on 12 minutes.
The All-Stars were more than a little shell-shocked after a scintillating opening from United, but Bruce Arena’s side weren’t about to be totally rolled over. And it was a former foe, Juan Pablo Angel, who looked the most likely to get them going.
The ex-Aston Villa striker forced a superb fingertip save from Van der Sar on 15 minutes after a finely struck 20-yard free-kick, before his close-range toe-poke was deflected over by the outstretched leg of Jonny Evans soon after following an inviting cross from Heath Pearce.
The All-Stars continued to turn up the heat thereafter with Sebastien Le Toux testing Van der Sar with a low drive at the near post and Chad Marshall heading a corner just wide with the Dutch keeper in no-man’s land.
United, who lost Gabriel Obertan to injury midway through the half, continued to look threatening up front though with Nani and Macheda particularly lively. It was the former’s lovely one-two with Fletcher which almost led to the Reds’ third goal of the half, but the Scot’s thumping shot smacked against the crossbar before bouncing away from danger.
With a two-goal deficit to overturn the All-Stars began the second period with a real sense of purpose and almost got themselves back into it through Marshall, but his point-blank header was well held by Van der Sar.