Manchester United set up a mouth-watering International Champions Cup final clash against fierce rivals Liverpool in Miami on Monday by beating reigning European champions Real Madrid 3-1 in front of a 109,318-strong crowd in Michigan.
United took the lead following a terrific 20-pass move – involving Darren Fletcher, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck - which resulted in Young coolly stroking the ball past Iker Casillas at his near post.
Real Madrid levelled soon after through Gareth Bale, who was awarded a penalty when he was brought down inside the penalty area by the inexperienced Michael Keane.
But United restored their lead through the revitalised Young, whose intended cross was narrowly missed by Wayne Rooney but still found the back of Casillas's net.
And the Red Devils added gloss to the scoreline in the second half thanks to substitute Javier Hernandez, who headed home Shinji Kagawa's inch-perfect pass to book United's place in Monday's final.
But how did the players on both sides perform? Scroll down to find out.
David de Gea: 7
Denied Bale a spectacular overhead kick, but couldn't prevent the Welshman scoring from 12 yards. The Spaniard, however, made several top saves over the course of the 90 minutes.
Michael Keane: 6
Struggled to deal with Bale. Brought the Welshman down inside the box for Real Madrid's equaliser, which can be put down to a lack of experienced. Useful exercise for the 21-year-old centre-back.
Phil Jones: 8
Commanding performance. Finally playing in his natural position and looking all the better for it.
Jonny Evans: 7
Substituted at half-time, but enjoyed a comfortable opening 45 minutes. Looks set for a big season under Van Gaal.
Antonio Valencia: 6
Typically energetic performances, but crossing still leaves a lot to be desired. Looks suited to the right wing-back role, in any case.
Ander Herrera: 6
Little sloppy, perhaps not helped by the poor condition of the pitch, but always willing to receive the ball and win possession back for the Premier League giants.
Darren Fletcher: 7
Impressive. Played key role in opening goal and, at times, played some beautiful cross-field passes that Paul Scholes would have been proud of. Getting back to his best?
Ashley Young: 8
Converted his first goal with aplomb and worked hard down the left wing throughout the first half. Second goal was intended to be a cross – but they all count. Subbed at half-time, but must have impressed Van Gaal.
Juan Mata: 6
Flourishing in the number ten role. The Spaniard produced some lovely touches but failed to make any real impact on the match.
Wayne Rooney: 7
Lovely back-heel in the build-up for United's opening goal. Attempted to claim the second goal, but didn't appear to get a touch on Young's cross. Looks happy and motivated playing in Van Gaal's 3-4-2-1 system.
Danny Welbeck: 7
Pressed hard, dropped deep to win back possession and looked threatening on the ball. Subbed off midway through the first half with what appeared to be a minor injury.
Wilfried Zaha: 5
Failed to press like Welbeck and struggled to get himself into the game.
Tyler Blackett: 6
Stuck to his task and didn't look overawed – even when up against Cristiano Ronaldo.
Luke Shaw: 7
Looked eager to prove he was fit after coming off the bench. Bombed down the left flank and managed to impress.
Tom Cleverley: 6
Stung the palms of Casillas with a vicious strike. Generally tidy in possession.
Shinji Kagawa: 7
Looked sharp after coming off the bench and played the delightful pass for Hernandez to score United's third goal.
Jesse Lingard: 6
Had little time to make a significant impact, but played in a delightful cross which Hernandez ought to have converted.
Javier Hernandez: 7
Missed a couple of golden opportunities to make it 3-1 after coming off the bench, but finally got his goal with a close-range header.
Iker Casillas: 3
Beaten at near post by Ashley Young for the opener and allowed the same United player to beat him from a cross. Should have done better for Hernandez's goal, too. Another bad day at the office for the Real Madrid icon.
Alvaro Arbeloa: 5
Struggled with Young in the first half. Subbed off for Cristiano Ronaldo in the second.
Composed performance from an experienced campaigner. Stayed calm and disciplined, despite the huge crowd.
Sergio Ramos: 6
Not quite as impressive as his centre-back partner, but did little wrong.
The 24-year-old struggled at times with United's directness and willingness to press high up the pitch.
Xabi Alonso: 5
Looked off the pace and committed a couple of needless fouls. The 32-year-old looked short of full fitness.
Luka Modric: 7
Neat and tidy throughout. Typically polished performance from the diminutive Croatia international.
Asier Illarramendi: 6
Still struggling to make his mark at Real Madrid. Another easily forgettable performance.
Daniel Carvajal: 5
Petulant at times. Played out of position and won't start too many matches – if any – next season in such an advanced role.
Gareth Bale: 7
Anonymous until he won and converted Real Madrid's first-half penalty. Every time he got on the ball, though, he threatened. Michael Keane might have a few nightmares this evening.
Showcased his tremendous close control and produced a few nice passes, but not a vintage performance from the gifted Spaniard.
Raul de Tomas: 6
Unlucky not to score with a second-half header.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 6
Attempted to steal the show, but short of match fitness and had little time to shine.