Manchester United kicked off the new era under Louis van Gaal with a 7-0 hammering of LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl to claim victory in the Chevrolet Cup.
The Reds were deserved winners on the night thanks to three braces from Wayne Rooney, youngster Reece James and Ashley Young and a fine strike from Danny Welbeck.
Van Gaal picked a strong starting XI for his first match in charge, the opening game of Tour 2014 presented by Aon, and opted for a tried and tested formula from his time with the Netherlands of three centre-backs with Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phi Jones. Antonio Valencia and debutant Luke Shaw played the roles of wingbacks. Captain-for-the-night Darren Fletcher sat in midfield alongside another debutant Ander Herrera and a slightly advance Juan Mata, with Rooney and Welbeck ahead of them up front to complete a 3-5-2 formation.
The Reds came flying out of the blocks with Mata and Welbeck both testing goalkeeper Galaxy Jaime Penedo inside eight minutes. Mata saw his dipping shot well tipped over, before Penedo saved smartly from Welbeck.
At the other end David De Gea thwarted Gyasi Zardes, before the Reds made the breakthrough on 13 minutes. Mata made his way forward but was up-ended. The referee waved play on allowing Welbeck to latch on to the ball and fired an excellent 25-yard strike in off the post.
The Reds doubled the advantage on 42 minutes when AJ Delagarza was rightly punished for a deliberate handball which stopped Valencia’s right-wing cross and Rooney converted with aplomb from the spot.