Over 83,000 fans saw Manchester United topple the A-League All Stars 5-1 at ANZ Stadium.

Despite the unfavourable result for the home team, nobody went home disappointed as the English premiers put on a show.

All Stars coach Ange Postecoglou had told the team to play with a positive attitude and to play attacking football but it was United who came out firing first.

It took United just 11 minutes to break the deadlock, with Jesse Lingard beating the offside trap as Western Sydney Wanderers defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley was standing a few metres deeper than his fellow teammates.

Lingard then effortlessly put the ball into Ante Covic's net after Danny Welbeck let the ball run to his teammate.

The All Stars had their first chance just a minute after Lingard's goal however, as Brisbane Roar midfielder Thomas Broich fired a shot just over the bar. 

Their best chance for the half came in the 25th minute however, as full-back Pedj Bojic forced a save from Anders Lindegaard, one of his few saves for the night.

The gap in skill level was evident as Wilfried Zaha outpaced and outplayed the All Stars defence throughout the entirety of the first half. 

The former Crystal Palace striker was Alex Ferguson's last signing for Manchester United and he took the opportunity to show new coach David Moyes what he is made of.

With 10 minutes left in the first half, Welbeck's turned to beat the offside trap as veteran Ryan Giggs gave him the chance for United to score a second goal with a beautiful assist.

Welbeck had a golden opportunity to double his tally just five minutes later as he dribbled past the goalkeeper however Michael Beauchamp was alert to the threat and blocked the shot.

It was the All Stars turn to come out firing in the second half as Albanian striker Besart Berisha scored a surprise goal for the hosts.

Just two minutes later, 20-year-old Lingard struck again with an emphatically placed shot that rocketed into the top corner to bring the All Stars back down to earth.

Twenty minutes later, Welbeck had his chance to score his second goal in the game. 

This time he took the opportunity with an unbeatable header from a corner awarded by another previous missed chance from the striker.

It was Dutchman Robin van Persie who put the cherry on top of the cake with United's fifth goal in the 86th minute. 

While the result wasn't important for the All Stars, who were expected to lose, it takes the pressure off Moyes temporarily as the Red Devils had lost 1-0 earlier in the week against a Thailand All Stars team.

The game was the first of two games this pre-season that features an English Premier League team, with Liverpool visiting Melbourne on Wednesday night at the MCG to face Melbourne Victory.

 

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