A-League All Stars 1 - 5 Manchester United

Match info: Friendly Match at

Date: 20/07/2013 KO: 10:30 Ref: Att: 83,127

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A-League All Stars

Besart Berisha 52


Man Utd

Jesse Lingard 11,55
Danny Welbeck 34,70
Robin van Persie 87

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  • The final whistle goes and Manchester United can celebrate their first victory under Moyes after crushing the A-League All Stars 5-1 in front of more than 80,000 fans in Sydney, There were two goals apiece for Lingard and Welbeck and a late effort by Van Persie, while Zaha also impressed on his first start.

  • Januzaj strikes the post from close range after some delightful build-up involving Zaha and Lingard.

  • Perhaps the only thing missing from United's performance has been a goal for Zaha, and the youngster fires narrowly wide following another fast break. He can be proud of the way he has played, though, as he has shown glimpses of the potential that makes him such an exciting signing.

  • GOAL! Van Persie gets in on the act to put the icing on the cake for United. He is released through the middle for the sort of chance he would usually take with his eyes closed, but on this occasion is initially kept out by Theo. The ball comes back to the Dutchman, though, and he lashes in a low finish from the edge of the area.

  • Januzaj has looked keen to impress since coming on as a substitute, covering a lot of ground and making some important tackles.

  • The All Stars make their final two changes, meaning all 20 of their players have had a run-out, as Chapman and Carrusco come on for Beauchamp and captain Emerton.

  • With United now cruising to victory the crowd are making their own entertainment, as a Mexican wave spreads around the stadium.

  • The All Stars mount a rare foray into United's territory but they cannot pick their way through a defence that has remained solid, barring that one slip-up, but has not been severely tested.

  • Fabio is instantly into the action as he bends a shot from distance straight into the arms of Theo.

  • Evra hands the captain's armband over to Van Persie as he heads off to be replaced by Fabio at left-back.

  • Lingard stabs an effort wide from close range as he squanders the chance to complete his hat-trick.

  • Evra sees a poor cross from the left intercepted when there was a great chance for United's fifth, before Zaha's strong run is brought to a halt by Boogaard's well-timed challenge.

  • Ifill and Williams are on for Broich and Berisha as the All Stars ring the changes.

  • That proves to be Welbeck's final act of the night as he is replaced by Januzaj, while Anderson is brought on for Carrick.

  • GOAL! Welbeck joins Lingard on two gaols for the game as he gets in front of his marker to powerfully head home the corner high into the net.

  • Welbeck puts in a brilliant burst of speed to sprint clear of two defenders through the middle and skip round the goalkeeper, but this allows Boogaard the chance to recover his ground and he gets back to knock the striker's shot away from goal and behind for a corner.

  • As is often the case with friendlies, they can become disjointed after a series of changes, and at the moment the game has just gone a bit scrappy.

  • Moyes' nerves are quickly settled as Evra is able to continue, and his running does not seem to be affected.

  • There is some concern for United as Evra goes down in pain following a collision with Risdon. There was no malice there from either player but the United full-back landed awkwardly to pick up a knock and the physios come on to check him out.

  • The crowd rises to applaud as a host of changes are made, with Van Persie coming on for Giggs for United. For the All Stars, Grant and Bridge replace McGlinchey and Rose.


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