News ID: 123333
Published: 0702 GMT July 26, 2015

Man Utd tops Barca in International Champions Cup

Man Utd tops Barca in International Champions Cup

Wayne Rooney raised both arms in delight after his early goal and Manchester United had many more moments to celebrate in an impressive victory over Champions League winner Barcelona.

This time, coach Louis van Gaal praised his second team for its ‘spirit’ four days after what he considered a lackluster performance by the backups against the San Jose Earthquakes, AP wrote.

Rooney scored on a header in the eighth minute off Ashley Young’s corner kick, and Manchester United kept the pressure on all afternoon to beat Barca 3-1 on Saturday and stay unbeaten during its preseason tour in the United States.

Jesse Lingard added the Red Devils’ second goal on a cross by Tyler Blackett in the 65th, just two minutes after coach Louis van Gaal subbed out his entire starting 11 to play the second team. Adnan Januzaj scored for Man United in the 90th minute, some 30 seconds after Rafinha got Barcelona on the board in the 90th.

The Red Devils improved to 3-0 in the International Champions Cup, this time getting the best of Luis Suarez and Barca while playing under clear skies for a sellout crowd of 68,416 at the $1.3 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Van Gaal got a good look at what he hinted would be his starting 11 for the Premier League opener on August 8 against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

“Sometimes in these types of games it’s a little hard to judge where exactly you are,” midfielder Michael Carrick said. “Tottenham first game of the season is the one we’re really looking for. We need to be ready for that.”

Van Gaal subbed his entire team in the 63rd minute as planned. Now, his team will wrap up its preseason tour against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday at Chicago’s Soldier Field.


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