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Manchester United started their pre-season tour of the USA in typically dominant fashion, as the Barclays Premier League champions triumphed 4-1 over New England Revolution last night.

It was a fixture which saw summer acquisition Ashley Young make his debut for the Red Devils, with the 26-year-old playing in the familiar position of right wing, despite operating through the centre for much of the last campaign with Aston Villa.

However, such is the versatility of the England international, Sir Alex Ferguson has yet to decide on his preferred role for the former Watford man - although the United boss was happy with Young's performance on the flank.


“Right wing was his position with Aston Villa until last season when they started playing him in behind the strikers – Gabriel Agbonlahor or Darren Bent – in a more advanced role, like the way we use Wayne Rooney," said Ferguson.

“His capabilities are such that he can play wide left, he can play in behind the strikers and he can play wide right.

“He showed he's a fantastic crosser of the ball. I think he hit three fantastic crosses in the game, which maybe isn't something we're used to with the way we play. But if we do get used to it then there's goals there. I was very satisfied.”

Young played 67 minutes yesterday as United ran out comfortable winners at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts.

Michael Owen opened the scoring for the 19-time league winners, before a Federico Macheda brace and a goal from Ji-sung Park completed the scoring.

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