Manchester United   3

Young 21, 37, Chicharito 80

Real Madrid   1

Bale 37 (pen)

2 August Michigan Stadium | Attendance: 109,318

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02/08/2014 23:01, Report by Gemma Thompson
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United 3 Real Madrid 1

Manchester United booked a spot in the International Champions Cup final thanks to a 3-1 win over Real Madrid in front of the biggest-ever crowd for a football match in the United States.

There were 109,318 fans packed inside Michigan Stadium, commonly known as The Big House, to witness a meeting between two of the world's most famous clubs. Fans certainly weren't disappointed after a pulsating clash ended in United's favour thanks to Ashley Young's first-half double and a goal after the break from substitute Chicharito.

Louis van Gaal fielded a strong team to face the European champions, who started with Gareth Bale, but left former Reds star Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench. Darren Fletcher skippered United once again and it was the Scot who had the game's first sight of goal. Wayne Rooney's corner on 14 minutes fell to Fletcher who took a touch before striking an effort past Iker Casillas' left-hand post from just inside the box.

United's bright start continued and it was Fletcher's drive forward which led to the breakthrough on 21 minutes. After a one-two with Rooney on the edge of the box, the midfielder slipped a pass to Welbeck who found Young on the far left of the box and he steered a shot inside Casillas' near post to complete a brilliant move for van Gaal's men.

The lead lasted a matter of six minutes before Bale at his menacing best drew Real Madrid level. A ball over the top found the Welshman down the left and he powered on into the area before being felled by Michael Keane. Bale dusted himself down to send David De Gea the wrong way from the penalty spot.

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