Manchester United too classy for A-League's best

By Nick Mulvenney, Reuters Updated July 21, 2013, 7:29 am

Danny Welbeck and Jesse Lingard both scored twice as English champions Manchester United got their first win of the David Moyes era with a 5-1 victory over an A-League All Stars team at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Prolific Dutch forward Robin van Persie, who missed the defeat in Thailand which opened United's tour last week, added the fifth in a 28-minute cameo appearance at the end of the match to send the red-clad majority in the 83,127 crowd home happy.

With Wilfried Zaha a constant menace down the flanks, Moyes will have been happy with his attack in the absence of unsettled striker Wayne Rooney, who left the tour to receive treatment on a hamstring injury.

The All Stars defended in depth to try to negate the pace in the United attack and carved out a few chances of their own. Besart Berisha scored their consolation goal early in the second half.

The first United goal came in the 11th minute and was made by a neat step over the ball from Welbeck which set Lingard through on goal, the 20-year-old calmly placing the ball to the right of Ante Covic for his first goal for United.

United doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Welbeck was put clear through and the England striker, who scored just two goals for United last season, steered the ball past Covic and into the net.

Berisha scored for the home side in the 52nd minute when the Albania striker found himself free on the edge of the box and scuffed his shot inside Anders Lindegaard's right-hand post.

United struck again two minutes later, however, when the impressive Lingard dragged the ball on to his right foot and smashed it into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Van Persie came on for Ryan Giggs after 62 minutes and eight minutes later swung in the corner from which Welbeck headed in his second goal of the match.

After a raft of substitutions, the match looked like fizzling out until Van Persie was played through in the 87th minute.

He made a hash of his first attempt to score but when the ball came to him again on the edge of the box, he made no mistake.

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  1. Barry03:36pm Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Back to the real world, If anyone in the All Stars team was good enough to be in the Man U team, they would be in it ....being paid $50 mill each to play, not the $10,000 they get to play in Australia!!! What did you expect??!!

  2. Barry03:31pm Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Kevin_KRudd_S,Hite, what a severely twisted person you are. Too much #$%$se*x uality by you... I think!!!

  3. Barry03:29pm Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I never understand why these radical Islamists wish to live in the western world and use all of our technology. About time you all went back to the middle east and pray 24 hours a day. Oh, I know why you don't want to live there....NO FREEDOM.

  4. Big Kev 13302:12pm Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Football/Soccer - Taxi/Cab - Automobile/Car who gives a toss what its called. In the US football is what the Dallas Cowboys play. In NZ its rugby and in Victoria or WA maybe others its AFL so here in Australia we use Soccer to differentiate. As for Areel - I can't really see how a religion that hates Pork can be made up of so many Chauvinist Pigs. I see women in your religion aren't allowed to go shopping alone. How shallow you insecure petty pathetic Islamics are. Your religion was made by ancient pathetics just like ou as a way to control others. Burn it - I say !!

  5. Galaipos08:45am Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Without doubt MU has one of the best teams in the world, assembled from various nations, and last night demonstrated their class.However their performance was enhanced by the locally cobbled-together outfit that did their best to make MU look even better.

  6. wan08:40am Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    "Who really cares" Maree? You must, as you read the article.

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  7. wan08:36am Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ah! Maree the tacit Collingwood supporter is back...talking rubbish as per normal for her. Now take your tablet and go have a little lay down, your brain needs a rest.

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  8. seek1mor08:35am Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    We love ya maree, how can we help it with such wonderful contributions from your testicular self. Can't beat that aussie rules game either, grown men running around in circles elbowing each other, punching each other and sometimes kicking a ball. They even have a simulated masturbation movement before they punch the ball. Good to see that game being played south of the Murray commanding an imperialistic position on the world sporting stage.

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  9. maree08:13am Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Who really cares, this is a game for thugs, kicking the ball along the ground, that's what girls do, head butting the ball, then if they do score a goal they run around kissing each other, some time the game is played without even a goal being scored, Boring game, i'm surprised the soccer thugs didn't trash the stadium, we dont want this game in Australia we already have the greatest game in the world , aussie rules, go bombers

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  10. maree08:07am Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Who realy cares




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