Saturday 20 July
ANZ Stadium, Sydney

(Berisha 52)

(Lingard 11, 55; Welbeck 34, 70; van Persie 87)

20/07/2013 21:30, Report by Nick Coppack in Sydney
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between Welbeck, Lingard and Giggs on the edge of the penalty area freed Welbeck, who slotted home past Covic to double United’s advantage.

It was classic pass-and-move football and a reminder, if fans needed it, of the exciting mix of youth and experience David Moyes has inherited.

That combination was in full effect again just before the break, when Welbeck sold his marker a dummy and spun off him to collect Evra’s cushioned return pass. Danny’s shot beat Covic in the All Stars goal but trickled agonisingly past the far post.

Michael Keane replaced Rio Ferdinand at the break and almost added a third goal inside five minutes of the restart when he headed over from a corner after Welbeck had again gone close.

It was the home side that found the net next, though, Besart Berisha sneaking a low shot through Keane’s legs and inside Lindegaard’s right-hand post to make it 2-1.

Three minutes later, United’s two-goal cushion was restored courtesy of a cracking finish from Jesse Lingard. The Warrington-born forward, finding himself near the corner of the penalty area, shaped to pass to Evra on the overlap but instead jinked inside and rifled a shot into the far corner.

That prompted Moyes to send on Robin van Persie – much to the crowd’s delight – but it was Welbeck who was in the thick of the action again, rounding substitute goalkeeper Michael Theo only to see his shot cleared off the line.

Never mind, though: from the resulting van Persie corner Welbeck rose high to glance home and bag his second of the night.

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