UNDER-21S

Pre-Season Friendly
East End Park, 17 July 2010

DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC 1
Kirk (63)

MANCHESTER UNITED 5
King (1 & 16), Ajose (11), Possebon (34), W Keane (85)

17/07/2010 20:52, Report by Steve Bartram

Dunfermline 1 United 5

United's Reserves strolled to a second friendly victory in a week, stunning Dunfermline with a five-goal display at East End Park.

Joshua King hit an early brace, while Nick Ajose, Rodrigo Possebon and substitute Will Keane also struck to ensure an eye-catching sequel to Monday's four-goal hammering of Curzon Ashton.

It took little more than 20 seconds for King to fire United ahead, pouncing on a slapstick defensive collision to calmly slot home the opening goal of the game.

The Pars had a mountain to climb 10 minutes later. Magnus Eikrem's measured pass found Ajose inside the area, and the livewire forward curled a perfect finish just inside goalkeeper Chris Smith's post.

Although their side were being run ragged, the home faithful generously applauded United's next goal - a superbly powerful shot from King on 16 minutes. Possebon added a fourth, also from distance, which gave Smith no chance.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce rang the changes at half-time and throughout the second half, and the Pars pulled a goal back through Andy Kirk's free-kick.

The final word went to United, however, when Keane latched onto a fine pass from Robbie Brady and fired a fabulous finish just inside substitute goalkeeper Kyle Allison's post.

United: Devlin (Johnstone 46); Wootton, Chester (Tunnicliffe 64), Gill, Dudgeon (Fryers 64); Norwood (Brady 46), Possebon, Eikrem, Morrison (Stewart 46); King (W Keane 46), Ajose (Lingard 64).

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