Manchester United’s strikers ran riot in the second match of their American tour with a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders.
A Wayne Rooney hat-trick and further goals from Michael Owen, Mame Biram Diouf, Ji-Sung Park and Gabriel Obertan earned the Red Devils victory at CentryLink Field, although the scoreline does not tell the full story.
With just a slender 1-0 lead at the break, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men received a thorough examination from their hosts in the first 45 minutes.
However, the Sounders’ determination to score against the reigning Premier League champions in the second half led to their own undoing, with United ruthlessly exploiting their cavalier approach.
Should they carry this form into the Premier League season, United will take some stopping in the title race.
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Everton and Newcastle also played friendlies in the US yesterday, although they did not fare as well as last year’s Champions League finalists.
The Toffees lost 1-0 to Philadelphia Union, while the Magpies were held to a 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City.
Perhaps of greater concern to Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is the ankle injury sustained by Hatem Ben Arfa.
The Frenchman, who has only recently returned to full training following a double leg fracture, was carried off after 30 minutes following a challenge from Roger Espinoza and has flown back to England for assessment.
Elsewhere, Leicester drew 0-0 with Bursaspor, Sunderland lost 3-1 to Bundesliga side Hannover 96, Brighton slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain and QPR overcame Plymouth 1-0.
Finally, Celtic prepared for the start of their SPL campaign on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium.
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