By Ollie Irish
Man Utd’s kids – plus a couple of old boys, namely Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar – thumped the MLS All Stars in Houston yesterday. It was the first time the Yanks’ Dream Team had lost to an English club – and boy did they lose. So much for Alexi Lalas’s pre-match prediction that the Premier League side would struggle.
United went 1-0 up after just 24 seconds, when Federico Macheda pounced on a weak backpass. Macheda doubled the lead with a firm header, before three excellent goals by Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley and new signing Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez made it five. The home team’s consolation goals came from Brian Ching and Dwayne De Rosario.
Cleverley’s goal in particular was superb – he looks a terrific prospect. And I’ll be very interested to see how much game time Chicharito sees. He’s clearly a sharp shooter – he took his goal very coolly – and may turn out to be a very shrewd signing indeed; especially because United picked him up before the World Cup. United’s popularity in Mexico just went through the roof.
Our pals at Goaly Moly have pics of the match