In a match that was expected to have plenty of goals, it was Manchester United that racked them up against a thoroughly overmatched LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Wednesday, 7-0.
The preseason victory proved an excellent start for the Louis van Gaal era and for central midfielder Angel Herrera, who powered United’s attack in his debut and provided two assists on both of Ashley Young’s goals in the final minutes. The 24-year-old Spanish star was one of only two starters to play the full 90 minutes, with Darren Fletcher the other.
The Galaxy used two different goalkeepers, Jaime Penedo and Brian Rowe, but neither could do much to slow down the aggressive attack of the Red Devils.
Danny Welbeck got the goal scoring started in the 13th minute off an assist from playmaker Juan Mata. Wayne Rooney would add a penalty kick goal in the 42nd minute, and add another before halftime to put Louis van Gaal’s squad up 3-0 at the break.
Reese James would replace Rooney in the second half, and would pick up where the famed scorer left off. The 20-year-old defender would provide a brace with goals in the 62nd and 84th minute.
In front of a crowd of nearly 87,000, United would dominate the pitch wire to wire, and though it was a match that didn’t have any ramifications in the upcoming Premier League term, Van Gaal praised his team’s effort in the win.
"The result always matters," Van Gaal said according to Telegraph. "With such a result you get confidence and confidence in a new system. We introduced a new system after playing two times on the training pitch, 11 versus 11. It is not so much time, but the boys are willing to pick up the information
"It is fantastic how they have performed today. Last week, 10 players who played tonight were not even in our training complex.
"It was not just the goals, but the beautiful attacks."
United will continue their friendly tour on Saturday against Serie A’s AS Roma, and then take on Inter Milan and Real Madrid next week.