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Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal for Manchester United in a 2-1 pre-season win over Real Salt Lake on Monday evening.

The £75m summer signing finished in the 38th minute as United came from behind in Utah to beat the MLS side, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier cancelling out Luis Silva's opener.
United made 11 changes at half-time and saw Antonio Valencia shown a straight red card for a challenge from behind and Juan Mata forced off with an ankle injury.

Valencia's dismissal and Mata's injury were the negatives on a night when United were given more of a test than they were in their opening pre-season game against LA Galaxy.
United started with four at the back against Real Salt Lake, with Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones the centre-backs, while Lukaku was handed his first start for the club after joining from Everton.

After Scott McTominay went close for United in the sixth minute with a 25-yard effort, it was the hosts who took control of the game.
Joao Plata twice shot at Joel Pereira before seeing a close-range attempt blocked by Jesse Lingard's last-ditch tackle.

United were soon level after Lukaku and Lingard combined well to set up Mkhitaryan to score from the edge of the box.
With an MLS game against Portland Timbers less than 48 hours away, Real Salt Lake changed their entire team after half an hour.
And United took advantage to move ahead before half-time, with Mkhitaryan picking out Lukaku in the middle and the striker rounding the keeper to finish.
United made 11 changes themselves at the break, and they were soon forced into another switch as Mata went down after a challenge from Sebastian Saucedo.
Man of the match - Jesse Lingard

With no player given more than 45 minutes, it was Lingard who impressed the most for United. The 24-year-old popped up in several positions in the attacking third and had a hand in both goals.


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