HARRISON, New Jersey (AP) ― Wayne Rooney set up two goals and Park Ji-sung danced around a defender for another as Manchester United put on another show during its tour of the United States with a 4-0 victory over the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday.
Anderson, Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck also scored for the reigning English Premier League champions, who have outscored their opponents 18-2 to win the opening four games on their U.S. tour.
Park Ji-sung celebrates his goal. (AFP-Yonhap News)
Alex Ferguson’s side will wrap up its preseason tour in Washington on Saturday against Barcelona in a rematch of the Champions League final which the Spanish team won 3-1. Then it’s back to England for the Community Shield game and the start of another season the following week.
The final score might have been a little misleading because David Beckham and his MLS teammates had a couple of good shots at goal, but make no mistake ― Manchester United was far superior in the game at Red Bull Arena that drew a sellout crowd of 26,760.
Like most midseason classics, this one started with a show.
Parachutists floated into the double-decked arena that is in its second year of operation, fireworks lit the sky and a helicopter flyover all preceded the start of the game.
The Major League Soccer side even looked good for about 18 minutes with Beckham, who starred for the Red Devils in his prime, having a great chance in the seventh minute, only to see his 25-yard strike slide wide of the goal.
Rooney though gave the Manchester United faithful in the mixed crowd ― half for United, half for the MLS squad ― something to cheer about in the 20th minute.
Rooney made a pass to Berbatov at the top of the box, took a return pass and then found Anderson breaking into the area alone for a wide-open shot that easily beat goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.