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  • New England Revolution 1-4 Manchester United: Macheda double, Owen, Park great-strike

    Manchester United got their pre-season tour of the US off to a winning start with a 4-1 victory over MLS side New England Revolution in Foxborough, near Boston.
    Federico Macheda netted twice off the bench after fellow substitute Michael Owen had opened the scoring just after the break in front of over 50,000 fans at the Gillette Stadium.

    Kenny Mansally's rather fortunate effort punctuated the Italian's brace as the Revs threatened to get back in the game at 2-1, but the Premier League champions never really looked in danger of losing a game they controlled from start to finish.

    United's performance - and their strong starting line-up - had largely delivered what their North American fans wanted to see and it was capped by a brilliant fourth, finished beautifully by Park Ji-sung.

    Ashley Young impressed in wide positions on both flanks as he pulled on a United shirt for the first time since his summer move from Aston Villa while the returning Macheda, fresh from a stint on loan in Serie A with Sampdoria, also caught the eye.

    The Italian's two goals, having been introduced at half-time, were consummately taken and may well have served as an indication as to how much he has improved since the spell back in his homeland.

    The first came in the 54th minute as United cut through the American side's defence like the proverbial hot knife through butter; Owen played in the onrushing Michael Carrick, who in turn squared the ball to Macheda and the striker did the rest.

    His second arrived shortly afterwards as the ball arrived at his feet at the back post. The 19-year-old, who appears to have bulked out somewhat since leaving Old Trafford in January, took one touch before firing back past keeper Matt Reis and just inside the far post.

    Owen, who signed a new one-year deal with United this summer, had earlier proved he still has a nose for goal, the former England international opening the scoring just five minutes after the break from Carrick's through pass following a goalless first half.

    United's total superiority was briefly undermined when Rio Ferdinand gave away a free-kick 25 yards out. Benny Feilhaber's effort from the set piece took a heavy deflection off Mansally, leaving keeper Anders Lindegaard wrong-footed, and the Revolution were back in it at 2-1.

    But Macheda's second put paid to any hopes the MLS side had of getting back i the game and United's dominance was rewarded with a fourth with 10 minutes remaining as Gabriel Obertan's trickery on the left and Ryan Giggs's first-time pass played in Park, who finished superbly with a dink over Reis.

    United's tour of the States continues next week with a game against the Seattle Sounders before they meet the Chicago Fire, an MLS All-Star team and then their Champions League final opponents Barcelona in Washington at the end of the month.
    Mike Hytner / Eurosport


    Team Line-up:

    United line-up: Lindegaard, Fabio, Evans, Vidic, Rafael, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Berbatov.


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