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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 5-2 victory over LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center.
United, who started with new signings Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof on the bench, raced into a three goal first-half lead thanks to Rashford (2, 20) and Marouane Fellaini (26).
Both Lukaku and Lindelof made their first appearance in a United shirt after the break as Jose Mourinho changed his whole team and they extended their lead through Henrikh Mkhitaryan (67) and Anthony Martial (72).
Giovani dos Santos grabbed two consolation strikes (79, 88) as the hosts finished the game on a high but Mourinho will be satisfied with a workout that allowed him to field two different outfield line-ups and give valuable minutes to most of his squad.
As promised, Mourinho made 11 changes at the break with Lukaku and Lindelof introduced alongside Paul Pogba, Martial and Mkhitaryan.
Lukaku almost made the perfect start to his United career but Brian Rowe produced a smart save to deny the Belgium international.
Galaxy's half-time changes strengthened them markedly, with Ashley Cole among those brought on - a change which was greeted by a chorus of boos from the United supporters.
However, United again began to turn the screw midway through the second-half and Mkhitaryan swept home a Martial pass in the 67th minute.
It was five soon after as Pogba played an inch-perfect ball to Timothy Fosu-Mensah, whose cutback was turned home by Martial.
The England striker showed excellent composure in front of goal to score two goals and could have had a third just before the break when denied by a smart save by Kempin.
The 19-year-old was a constant threat in behind for United with his pace and took up some very promising positions, putting in a performance which will certainly give Mourinho plenty to think about.