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Manchester United kickstart US Tour with 7-0 thrashing of LA Galaxy

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Louis van Gaal's Manchester United tenure kicked off in scintillating fashion with a crushing 7-0 defeat of LA Galaxy - a far cry from the limp 1-0 friendly loss suffered by David Moyes in his first game as manager.

The former Holland head coach has only been with the Red Devils a week, but his influence is already shining through. The team played an expressive, high tempo game, capped off by some very clinical finishing.

Wayne Rooney scored twice, as did Ashley Young, but the biggest surprise on the scoresheet was Reece James - the 20-year-old left-back's debut brace will help stake a claim for a place in the squad as back-up to £27m signing Luke Shaw this season.

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Danny Welbeck scored the best goal of the game. His stunning 25-yard strike drew applause from the 87,000 spectators that turned out in California to watch the showpiece Chevrolet Cup match.

Ander Herrera was arguably man of the match, providing the creative spark from midfield, while the defensive trio of Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones helped allay any fears about their credentials after impressing at the back of a 3-5-2 formation.

Van Gaal made NINE changes at the interval having cruised into a 3-0 half-time lead, with Herrera and Darren Fletcher - who dropped into centre-back - the only survivors following Welbeck's opener and Rooney's brace.

The new-look side took a little while to adjust, but soon added to their tally with second half doubles from James and Young to complete the emphatic rout.

24 hours earlier Van Gaal had complained about his team being dragged across North America on their pre-season tour, but the Manchester United manager looked pretty happy after the final whistle.

Manchester United transfer gossip:

Manchester United will offer Paul Scholes the chance to return to the club in a coaching capacity, despite his recent criticisms of Old Trafford chief executive Ed Woodward. (The Times)

The former midfielder - who retired when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down last summer - is set to be brought in alongside fellow Class of '92 graduate Nicky Butt as coach of the U21 squad, with Phil Neville taking up an ambassadorial role.

Louis van Gaal has launched an offer worth €42 million for Colombian World Cup ace Juan Cuadrado - and will find out tomorrow whether it has been accepted. (El Mundo Deportivo)

The Fiorentina star was billed as one to watch before this summer's tournament in Brazil and he didn't disappoint, laying on four goals for his team-mates - more than any other player - to help his country reach the quarter-finals.

Outgoings

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has weighed in on the prospect of Javier Hernandez moving to Inter Milan this summer, saying that the Mexican striker would be welcomed with open arms at the San Siro. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

The Serbian centre-back - who quit Old Trafford to join the Serie 'A' giants earlier this summer - has fuelled speculation his former Red Devils team-mate could join him in Italy.

Arsenal are keen to sign Manchester United winger Nani and hope to secure the Portuguese winger's services for £9 million this summer. (A Bola)

However, the Red Devils will demand at least €14 million (just over £11 million) from the Gunners.

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