Man U beat Barcelona 3-1 in pre season opener
Wayne Rooney got on the scoresheet as Manchester United scored a morale-boosting 3-1 friendly victory over European champions Barcelona on Saturday. Louis van Gaal’s side picked up another pre-season win with David de Gea featuring before the Dutchman changed his entire starting XI mid-way through the second half.
With the victory Manchester United have been able to maintain their 100% tour record this season. Besides Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj also struck the decisive goals for Man U in the Santa Clara heat, putting them top of the table in the friendly competition.
Barcelona miss Messi and Neymar
Barcelona, were without their biggest superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar after their exertions in the Copa America, were left ruing a series of chances which hit the woodwork. Barcelona could have been 2-0 up within the opening minutes, Luis Suarez crashing a free-kick off the post after only four minutes with United goalkeeper David De Gea beaten. Barca were unlucky not to claim an equaliser just after the hour mark, when Suarez looked to have been fouled by Daley Blind in the penalty area.
Luis Enrique all praise for Van Gaal
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes that Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal can inspire the Premier League outfit to a treble this season.
“With a coach like Van Gaal and the kind of players they have, it is a team that are going for everything,” Luis Enrique told the media. He was speaking after a 3-1 defeat to the Red Devils in Santa Clara and admitted he was disappointed with the conditions at Levi’s Stadium.