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Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford were on target as Manchester United claimed a 2-0 win over Manchester City in their International Champions Cup meeting in Houston.

Lukaku struck his second pre-season goal for United in the 37th minute, with Rashford doubling their advantage shortly afterwards as Jose Mourinho claimed an early victory over Pep Guardiola.

Jose Mourinho had already hinted that he could use Lukaku and Rashford as strike partners and he began testing the waters for the first time in Houston.
It turned out to be a successful experiment. As well as hitting a goal each, the pair looked sharp and combined effectively on a number of occasions.
Two of Pep Guardiola's four new summer signings played the entirety of the match, but it is unlikely to be an occasion Ederson will remember too fondly.
The goalkeeper impressed to begin with, making three fine saves in the opening 25 minutes, but his first appearance for City will be remembered for the baffling decision to come out of his box for Lukaku's opening goal.

There were a few more decent saves in the second period, but he could also have done more to keep out Rashford's second goal. Overall, it was not the seamless debut that he or City would have hoped for against their local rivals.
Walker made a quieter start to his Manchester City career, and did show off some of the qualities that convinced his new club to make him the most expensive defender in the world.
It has taken 136 years for the Manchester derby to be played outside of the UK, and all in all, it was a successful event with the American crowd certainly hyped in the build-up to the match.
There was an attendance of 67,401 - nearly 12,000 more people than a sold out match at the 55,097-seater Etihad Stadium - and most were wearing either United or City shirts.
The arena began to fill up long before kick off, and there was an electric atmosphere as a smoke machine and spotlight display greeted the teams onto the pitch. Houston proved to be a worthy venue for the historic match.

Work still to do in the transfer market?

Mourinho will be pleased to have seen another goal from £75m man Lukaku, but he used his post-match press conference to urge chief executive Ed Woodward to bring in "one more" new signing.

"When I look to the team and Lukaku, Lindelof, I would like my squad to be here, my whole squad," he said. "If you manage to get one more player - I'm not even crying for two - if we get one player, as soon as possible."
That player could be Ivan Perisic. Mourinho is known to be a big admirer of the Croatian, but United's attempts to persuade Inter Milan to sell have so far been unsuccessful.


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