Young strikes twice to take Man U into final

KEY ROLE: Young helped Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Real Madrid with two goals.


    Aug 04, 2014

    Young strikes twice to take Man U into final


    ASHLEY Young struck twice on Saturday to help Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Real Madrid in front of the biggest crowd to watch a soccer match in America.

    Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez also scored for United against Real, whose lone goal was Gareth Bale's spot kick.

    Madrid trailed 1-2 in the second half when manager Carlo Ancelotti introduced former United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

    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 which watched the 1984 Olympic final between Brazil and France at Pasadena's Rose Bowl.

    United manager Louis van Gaal praised Young, and he was also pleased by his team's performance, noting: "I think all in the team touched the ball."

    The victory sends Manchester United into today's final of the International Champions Cup, a series of friendlies involving eight European clubs all preparing for their domestic campaigns.

    They will face Premier League rivals Liverpool, who had already booked their berth before their 2-0 win over AC Milan in Charlotte.

    "It will be another preparation game for us, but it's better to win than lose," van Gaal said.

    Real coach Ancelotti insisted that he was not concerned by his side's three friendly defeats in the United States, and is confident his players will be in top form for the European Super Cup against Sevilla on Aug 12.

    "We are not happy with the defeat," he said. "But I am sure we are going to play with a different spirit in the European Super Cup.

    "These are preparation matches. We didn't do things well, but everything will change next week."

    Ancelotti, who had said before the game that Ronaldo would be unable to participate, predicted that once Real's top scorer was back to full fitness, and new signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos had joined the squad, the team would be ready for the new season.

    "We can't be ready at this point because some players started (training) only a week ago, and they are not in optimal condition," he said. "It's normal to have a day like today, as the team are not used to playing without Cristiano or the other players.

    "With the players who are returning, the quality of the squad will improve."

    In Charlotte, Joe Allen in the first half and Spanish striker Suso in the second scored for Liverpool, as Milan finished the tournament without points.

    "I thought it was an excellent test for us," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers. "I thought we showed real good composure and control with the ball... and I thought defensively , we were really strong and solid."