Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has mapped out for his young Manchester United side. It’s only mid-July and this was an outnumbered Leeds side, but there were encouraging signs all the same.
A first senior goal for Mason Greenwood, a wonderful effort from Marcus Rashford and a cute piece of skill from Tahith Chong to earn a penalty for United’s fourth goal were the standout moments.
But Solskjaer will be delighted with the energy and creativity he so wants from his players after little more than two weeks of pre-season training. Leeds and their supporters brought a lot to the party at an almost sold-out Optus Stadium in what was the first meeting between these old rivals for nearly eight years.
A four-goal margin seemed harsh. They head for a second tour game in Sydney while United fly to Singapore on Thursday more than happy with the work they have done here in Perth.
Solskjaer was unable to call on David de Gea due to illness and Romelu Lukaku, who picked up another injury in training at a time when he continues to be heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan.
MANCHESTER UNITED STARTING XI: (4-2-3-1) Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Rojo; McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Mata, James; Rashford,
SECOND HALF XI: Pereira; Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Young; Matic (Garner 78), Andreas; Chong, Lingard, Gomes; Martial
SUBS NOT USED: Tuanzebe
GOALS: Greenwood (8), Rashford (27), Jones (51), Martial (PEN 69)
BOOKINGS: Young (90+4) COACH: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
LEEDS: (4-1-4-1) Casilla; Douglas, Cooper, Berardi, Dallas (Hosannah 66); Phillips; Forshaw, Harrison, Hernandez (Stevens 77), Bamford (Bogusz 63); Roofe
SUBS NOT USED: Miazek (GK); Oduor
BOOKINGS: Philips (35)
COACH: Marcelo Bielsa
REFEREE: Shaun Evans
MAN OF THE MATCH: Marcus Rashford
VENUE: Optus Stadium
Mean while Pep Guardiola’s side put four past West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy via David Silva, youngster Lukas Nmecha and a Raheem Sterling double after Mark Noble’s early penalty.
It marked a perfect start to pre-season, with Guardiola having very few worries going into a second title defence. Here, Jack Gaughan takes a look at some of the hot topics to come out of City’s 4-1 win.
Manchester City: Bravo; Danilo, Angeliño, Laporte, Harwood-Bellis; Rodri, David Silva, Doyle, Bernabe, Poveda; Nmecha.
Subs: Grimshaw, Walker, Stones, Sterling, Gündogan, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Sané, Bernardo, Touaizi, Pozo, Aleix Garcia, Diounkou, Knight. Goals: Silva 33, Nmecha 36, Sterling 59, 72.
Manager: Pep Guardiola
West Ham: Roberto, Fredericks; Diop, Ogbonna, Johnson; Rice, Noble, Wilshere; Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Antonio.
Subs: Martin, Reid, Zabaleta, Cresswell, Cullen, Sanchez, Diangana, Obiang, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Chicarito.
Goals: Noble 25
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini picked a strong team and was rewarded when Noble put the ball in from the spot after Angelino had handled the ball. Silva equalized moments later, however, after an excellent pass from Adrian Bernabe. Guardiola’s side then had a penalty of their own which Nmecha won himself and converted in the 36th minute. There was a flurry of half-time subs one of those who came on was Raheem Sterling, who made it 3-1 just before the hour mark.
The England international then made it four in the 72nd minute after a fine team move. Rodri, who started the match, made his debut for City.
City’s opponents in the final on Saturday, Wolves, thrashed Newcastle 4-0 earlier on Wednesday.
West Ham will face Newcastle in the third-place play-off before the final on Saturday.