Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj gave Manchester United a 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the worldwide Champions Cup.
Rafinha scored a late consolation for Barcelona in the 90th minute, lashing home a shot before Januzaj netted United’s third just 30 seconds later.
Luis Suárez got the opening goal for Barcelona, and, with Lionel Messi and Neymar continuing to recover from their exertions at the Copa America, the Uruguayan will once more to be the lone member of the club’s record-breaking forward trio in action.
Van Gaal also admitted he can not guarantee if goalkeeper David De Gea, wanted by Real Madrid, will stay at United beyond the transfer deadline.
“He can not play because he had a little injury”, Van Gaal said of the?15million summer signing.
United will wrap up its preseason tour against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Barcelona dominated the possession at Levi’s Stadium but it was Van Gaal’s men who struck first.
I do not know because he has to prove himself.
However, British media have reported that Di Maria was a target for French champions PSG and that a deal was close for the former Real Madrid winger.
“But since he has joined up with the squad, he has been a fantastic person, talking with all the players and the young players too, which is a great help to them, having someone of that experience and who is that successful”.
“He has showed his quality I think because the first chance was for Barcelona and when you stop the first chance then you can score the first goal. Could have done better sometimes in defence but he played very well”, he said.
United are the ICC holders after beating Liverpool in the final last year, and they are certainly well on the way to defending their crown.
“I have heard he is not on the plane”, said United boss Van Gaal. It seems that his best role could be playing as the second striker, whatever happens, the youngster is doing extremely well and is someone who should light up the Premier League and bring some trickery and style into the Manchester United attack.
Despite their tentative start, United found themselves ahead when England captain Rooney headed home Young’s corner after shrugging off the attentions of Adriano.
Luis Enrique said if it was up to him, Barca would not have even played the match in the US.