Wins for Man United and Chelsea
A review of Tuesday's major pre-season friendly action, with Chelsea and Manchester United both victorious.
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Manchester United triumphed in Louis van Gaal's first home match as manager as substitute Marouane Fellaini's late goal saw them defeat Valencia 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Fellaini, introduced with just under 15 minutes remaining for his first appearance of pre-season, capitalised on a mix-up in the Valencia defence to turn the ball home in stoppage time.
The Belgium midfielder, not previously involved under Van Gaal this summer having been rested due to his involvement in the latter stages of the World Cup, struggled last term and has been linked with a move to Napoli.
It will be interesting to see how his United career develops from here as Van Gaal takes the club forward.
Rodrigo Moreno, making the most of ponderous United defending, had earlier made it 1-1 by firing in from close range in the 71st minute when the ball was inadvertently sent his way from a free-kick by the outstretched leg of Tom Cleverley.
Darren Fletcher's deflected 49th-minute strike put the Red Devils in front after their captain-for-the-night Wayne Rooney missed a penalty in the first half, hitting the post.
It was a far from vintage display from United, who may well count themselves fortunate not to have been beaten by their Primera Division opponents.
But they head into Saturday's Barclays Premier League opener against Swansea at the same ground off the back of an impressive pre-season record.
Prior to this game, United had emerged victorious from each of the other five friendlies Van Gaal had been in charge for, beating Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan (on penalties), Real Madrid and Liverpool.
And in contrast to the gloom of last term, there is a definite sense of renewed optimism growing at United since the Dutchman took charge.
That was certainly apparent in the warm reception a waving Van Gaal received from the stands as he headed for the dugout just prior to kick-off on Tuesday evening.
A Diego Costa brace in the first seven minutes helped Chelsea sign off from pre-season in style with a 2-0 victory against Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge.
Costa, a £32million acquisition from Atletico Madrid in July, scored twice in the opening seven minutes as Jose Mourinho's side geared up for their Barclays Premier League opener at Burnley on Monday with a deserved victory.
The Blues made the perfect start when Diego Costa opened the scoring in the second minute. The Spain striker was unleashed by a fine Ramires through-ball and made no mistake in dispatching past Sociedad goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai from a tight angle to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Costa then doubled Chelsea's lead five minutes later when he tapped home from close range after Andre Schurrle's shot from the edge of the area crashed off a post and into his team-mate's path.
Costa missed a chance to snatch a hat-trick in the second half while Fernando Torres also fluffed a clear-cut opening, while Thibaut Courtois - largely untroubled for most of the match - had to be alert to deny Chory Castro in the 77th minute.