Hollywood beginning kicks off the Louis Van Gaal era in Manchester United.
Manchester United put up a “touchdown” on the Los Angeles Galaxy, for non-US sports fans, that term is used for when a team scores 7 on an opponent in American football. It was only a pre-season game and Los Angeles didn’t play their strongest side, but the message by United was loud and clear: No pulling back and keep on pressing.
Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young all scored a brace, after Danny Welbeck began the score early on.
The club revealed it’s new system to the fans, a 3-5-2 formation which worked wonders. The defence of Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling made sure that David De Gea was kept as clean as possible. Surly one of the easiest half’s of football for the young Spaniard, who is also coming off injury.
The wing backs, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia also did work. Shaw was less impressive, but did continue by keeping the pace at a level at which United wanted to play at. Valencia’s hard work down the right wing really paid diffidence late in the first half, with United only up 1-0, Valencia’s cross was batted down by a hand-ball in the box which directly led to a Rooney penalty-kick goal.
Los Angeles, like United, made several substitutions in the second. United changed 9 of the 11 starters at half-time, only leaving Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher on. While Los Angeles doesn’t benefit from the depth United fan, the young and inexperienced defence of Michael Keane, Tyler Blankett and James did an identical job that Jones, Smalling and Evans did in the first half, but this time they did it for Anders Lindegaard.
The good… Herrera contributed to 5 United goals while controlling the midfield in a very impressive debut.
The bad… Both United keepers were all but kept from the game. Manchester United defence suffocated almost each Los Angeles attack.
The ugly… the lights at the Rose Bowl were very poor.
Man of the Match… Despite much talk about how well Herrera played, which he did play great, I, however, give the honour to Ashley Young who contributed 2 goals and 2 assists.
Next… United travels to Denver, Colorado, as they continue their US tour, with a showdown against Italian powerhouse Roma, who beat Liverpool tonight 1-0 in Boston.