LA Galaxy vs. Manchester United: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 24, 2014

Manchester United's Danny Welbeck celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the first half of a friendly soccer match at Rose Bowl on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo)
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If Manchester United's 7-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy is any indication of how the Louis van Gaal era will go, there are plenty of things to be excited about on the red half of Manchester. 

In Van Gaal's first game in charge of the Red Devils, his side went into the Rose Bowl to defeat the Major League Soccer side by a landslide. 

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It did not take long for United to take advantage of their opposition, as Danny Welbeck struck the back of the net in the 13th minute.

Welbeck was handed a pass from Juan Mata, who was fouled on the play, but the referee allowed the advantage to be played, and that decision benefited the team in red greatly. 

The shot from the England international bounced off the left post and past Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo. 

The Galaxy would see a few chances in the first half, but none of them put David De Gea into a true spot of bother. 

Toward the end of the first half, the Red Devils struck for two more goals by way of Wayne Rooney

Rooney converted from the spot in the 42nd minute after Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza was whistled for a handball. 

PASADENA, CA - JULY 23: Wayne Rooney #10 of Manchester United makes a penalty kick against goal keeper Jaime Penedo #18 of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first half at the Rose Bowl on July 23, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Im
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The United No. 10 then found the back of the net right before the half-time whistle as he took advantage of a slip-up by Tommy Meyer, who whiffed on his attempted clearance in front of goal. 

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In the second half, Van Gaal brought nine new faces into the match, including Nani, Rafael and Ashley Young. 

Young played a part in the fourth United goal, as he sent a cross in from the right that was hit perfectly by Reece James in the 63rd minute. 

James struck once again in the 84th minute when he pounced on a rebound created by a shot from Young. 

The original move was started by Ander Herrera, who provided Young with a terrific pass from the middle of the pitch. 

Young then put the icing on the cake with a goal in the 88th minute on an open net after Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe, who entered at the half for Penedo, came off his line. 

Young and Herrera then linked up in the 90th minute for the seventh goal of the game against an inexperienced Galaxy side that had benched most of their starters after the 62nd minute. 


Key Player Grades

Wayne Rooney, F, Manchester United: A- 

Rooney was able to slip home two goals in his first game under Van Gaal. His shot from the spot in the 42nd minute hooked into the right side of the net past Penedo, who guessed correctly. 

He then danced around Penedo to convert from a short distance after capitalizing on the mistake by Meyer. 


Ander Herrera, M, Manchester United: A

Herrera was one of two starters, along with Darren Fletcher, to play more than 45 minutes, and he did more than impress in his United debut. 

His passing display in the midfield with Mata and Welbeck showed how well the trio have jelled in Van Gaal's system early on in the process. 

His link-up play with Young toward the end of the second half showed that he could play well with anyone in the United lineup. 


A.J. DeLaGarza, D, L.A. Galaxy: C- 

DeLaGarza was responsible for conceding the penalty that led to United's second goal of the match. 

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Just a few minutes before the error, he made a run down the left that saw him cut into the middle to take a shot, but that effort was easily forgotten after the handball.


Post-Match Reaction

Van Gaal said he was surprised that his team put seven goals past the Galaxy, and that there were some beautiful goals. 

One thing the United manager would not comment on was the performance of Herrera, as he said he only speaks about the team. 

Van Gaal also spoke about how his team will be set up, and what formation he will switch to if the three at the back strategy fails. 

Galaxy boss Bruce Arena said that his side could use this result as a positive moving forward.


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