Marcus Rashford, James Garner Power Manchester United Past Perth Glory

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2019

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13: Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United is challenged by Ivan Franjic of the Glory during the match between the Perth Glory and Manchester United at Optus Stadium on July 13, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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Manchester United kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a 2-0 win over Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Ashley Young, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard came close for United in the first half as they controlled proceedings.

The visitors did not break the deadlock, though, until Marcus Rashford's opener on the hour mark, set up by Paul Pogba.

Substitute James Garner added a spectacular second minutes after he entered the pitch late on. The Australian side, meanwhile, ended the game with two 15-year-olds as part of their lineup.

A bright start saw the Red Devils begin with intent, particularly through Daniel James, who was making his first appearance in a United shirt.

The Welshman started on the left and quickly became the standout player, showcasing his pace, ability to draw fouls and delivery into the penalty area.

Rich Fay of the Manchester Evening News singled him out for praise:

The match was one-way traffic as Perth sat back, and United came close through an Ashley Young free-kick and a shot from Anthony Martial into the side netting.

Jesse Lingard also tested Liam Reddy with an effort from the edge of the area, but as the half wore on, the visitors struggled to break down their opponents.

An entirely changed XI at the break saw Paul Pogba enter the fray and Aaron Wan-Bissaka make his United debut.

The former helped make the difference when he neatly flicked a ball from Juan Mata to Rashford, who picked out the bottom corner with a left-footed shot.

Mason Greenwood had a gilt-edged opportunity to double United's lead shortly after, but he scuffed his effort wide from close range.

Meanwhile, Wan-Bissaka offered a taste of what the Old Trafford faithful can expect from him:

Football statistician Dave O'Brien offered further insight into what was a promising showing from the right-back:

James Garner's introduction precipitated United's second. After Perth gave away the ball on the edge of their area, he lashed in a well-struck effort from 20 yards.

Greenwood hit the post as the Premier League side continued to push in the closing stages.

                           

What's Next

United's next pre-season friendly will see them take on Leeds United on Wednesday. Perth will take on Western Sydney Wanderers in the FFA Cup round of 32 on August 7.

                  

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