Young’s brace lifts Man Utd to 3-1 win over Real
Ashley Young struck twice on Saturday to help Manchester United to a 3-1 friendly win over Real Madrid in front of the biggest crowd ever to watch a soccer match in America.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez also scored for Manchester United. Madrid's lone goal was Gareth Bale’s strike from the penalty spot.
Gareth Bale celebrating his goal against Manchester United.
Madrid trailed 2-1 in the second half when manager Carlo Ancelotti departed from his previously announced plan and introduced former United star Cristiano Ronaldo off the bench.
The move did little for the European champions’ quest for an equaliser, but it delighted the crowd of 109,318 at Michigan Stadium.
The attendance surpassed the prior record of 101,799 during the 1984 Olympic final between Brazil and France at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.
Young opened the scoring in the 21st minute, but Real Madrid pulled level six minutes later after Bale converted a penalty.
Ashley Young celebrating his first half goal against Real Madrid.
Louis van Gaal’s side went ahead again in the 37th as Young curled a ball into the net, Wayne Rooney coming close to getting the final touch.
Hernandez sealed the result in the 80th when he headed in a cross from Shinji Kagawa.
Javier Hernandez (right) celebrating his second half goal with Shinji Kagawa.
The victory sends Manchester United into Monday’s final of the International Champions Cup, a series of friendlies involving eight European clubs all preparing for their domestic campaigns.
On Monday, Van Gaal – who took the helm of United at the start of their US tour – will experience first-hand his new club’s rivalry with Liverpool, who have already booked their berth with a match remaining against AC Milan on Saturday.
Liverpool were assured of going through after English Premier League champions Manchester City fell 5-4 on penalties to Olympiakos after a 2-2 fulltime draw in Minneapolis.
In an all-Italian clash, Inter Milan defeated AS Roma 2-0 in Philadelphia.