Josh Harrop scores great chipped finish against Salford

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While Man United's big names were recovering after the not-so-successful tour of China last night, their reserves made the short journey to Salford to play a pre-season friendly.

Watched on by ex-United legends Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, who now part-own Salford City, the Red Devils strolled to a fairly comfortable 5-1 win.

James Wilson and Tyler Blackett both featured but it was second half substitute Josh Harrop, who really stole the show.

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Wilson had given Man United's second string an early lead before the hosts equalised from the penalty spot through Richie Allen.

Harrop was introduced after an hour and took just four minutes to score his first with a well-placed curling strike from outside the box.

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His second was even better though.

Gathering the ball at the edge of the penalty area, he dribbled towards the goal close enough to tempt the keeper to rush at him before dummying a strike to send one defender straight on his backside.

The 20-year-old hadn't finished yet and casually lifted the ball over the approaching keeper and dip under the bar to finish an exquisite piece of play.

You can see all five of United's goals in the video below and Harrop's cheeky chip starts from roughly 10 seconds into the clip.

Admittedly, the defender who attempts to clear the ball off the line doesn't exactly cover himself in any glory but full marks should go to Harrop for his audacity.

Tosin Kehinde and Demetri Mitchell were the Red Devils' other two scorers but Neville and Co. watching on the sidelines would not have been too impressed with the manner of either of them.

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First-team manager Jose Mourinho would have been keeping tabs on Wilson's performance since his exclusion from the club's tour of China, but - if he wasn't already - Harrop will certainly be on the Portuguese's radar as the season approaches.

Meanwhile, Salford will be in the National North League for the first time in the club's history this season following back-to-back promotions since United's 'Class of 92' became involved.

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