"We always say about Macheda that he probably the best player we have in terms of going through one-on-one with the goalkeeper,” added Sir Alex.
“He’s outstanding in those positions. You always feel very confident. When he went through, I expected him to score. It was a well-taken goal."
He continued: "The confidence Tom [Cleverley] had to flick the ball over the defender’s head, then the composure to finish it off, meant it was an outstanding goal.”
Sir Alex was also pleased with the improved possession and tempo of the team’s play overall. "The thing I was looking for was our possession of the ball,” he said. “We were much better at that. Through that we had a good tempo to our game, good rythm to our play. It was a really good performance by us. We got a good start to the match and the team were confident for this challenge."
The only downside for the Reds was an ankle injury sustained by Gabriel Obertan. The French winger has shone on tour, but is now expected to be out for two weeks.