A-League 1 Manchester U 5

Danny Welbeck

The Aus­trali­an Lea­gue All Stars 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 5, Sta­dium Aus­tralia, Friendly Mat­ch, Ju­ly 20, 2013. Da­vid Moyes re­cor­ded his fir­st win as man­ager of Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a mor­ale-boost­ing con­vin­cing 5-1 tri­umph ag­ainst The Aus­trali­an Lea­gue All Stars at Sta­dium Aus­tralia in Sydney, New So­uth Wales. The Man­chester Reds fou­nd them­selves two goals up at the ha­lf-time break and net­ted three more dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of the tie.

The clash be­tween The A-Lea­gue All Stars and Man­chester Uni­ted had be­en pro­moted as one of the biggest foot­ball mat­ches ever staged in Aus­tralia by the Aus­trali­an Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion. Uni­ted were look­ing to re­store their pride fol­low­ing the sur­prise 1-0 de­feat ag­ainst Dr. Vichit Yamboonruang´s Sing­ha All Star El­ev­en at the Ra­jamangala Na­tion­al Sta­dium in sub­urb­an Bangkok in their pre­vi­ous mat­ch, and, in Sydney, Da­vid Moyes´s trav­el­ling play­ers dom­in­ated the pos­ses­sion of the ball for large parts of the sum­mer tour fix­ture and the vis­it­ors kept the op­pos­ing de­fence un­der con­stant pres­sure through­out the con­test. In front of a 83,000 crowd at the ANZ Sta­dium in New So­uth Wales, Man­chester Uni­ted went in­to a fully de­served early 1-0 lead when mid­field war­ri­or Jesse Lin­gard fou­nd the back of the net af­ter just el­ev­en min­utes of play. Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Dan­ny Wel­beck then made it 2-0 Uni­ted in the 34th min­ute of the en­thralling and pul­sating friendly clash be­fore Bris­bane Roar and Al­bania stri­ker Be­sart Ber­isha ma­naged to re­duce the de­fi­cit for The Aus­trali­an Lea­gue All Stars sev­en min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf. Lin­gard and Wel­beck then net­ted one more goal each in the 54th and 70th min­utes re­spect­ively to make the score­board re­flect a 4-1 ad­vant­age for Man­chester Uni­ted. And wi­th sev­en min­utes left on the watch, sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute Robin van Per­sie sco­red the last goal of the pre-sea­son tour ga­me, hand­ing Uni­ted a 5-1 win over The A-Lea­gue All Stars. The Aus­trali­an Lea­gue All Stars Te­am: Ante Cov­ic, Pedj Bojic, Nigel Boogaard, Mi­chael Beauchamp, Nikolai To­por-Stan­ley, Brett Emer­ton, Josh Rose, Liam Miller, Mi­chael McGlinchey, Be­sart Ber­isha, Tho­mas Broi­ch. Sub­stitutes: Con­nor Chap­man, Paul Ifill, Rhy­an Grant, Josh Ris­don, Mar­celo Car­rusca, Billy Ce­leski, Da­vid Wil­li­ams, Ma­rk Bridge, Mi­chael Theo. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: An­ders Linde­gaard, Ra­fael da Silva, Phil Jones, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Wil­fried Za­ha, Tom Clev­er­ley, Mi­chael Car­rick, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Jesse Lin­gard, Ry­an Gig­gs. Sub­stitutes: Fa­bio da Silva, Mi­chael Ke­ane, Oli­veira An­der­son, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Robin van Per­sie, Da­vid de Gea.

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