However his Manchester United career develops Jesse Lingard will be recalled as the first scorer of the David Moyes era, the 20-year-old collecting neatly from Tom Cleverley’s pass, after Danny Welbeck dummied, to finish on 11 minutes.
Following last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Singha All Stars in Bangkok in Moyes’s inaugural outing in charge, the goal settled his side down, and with Wilfried Zaha starting sharp, United were slicker, quicker and more incisive as the contest unfolded.
Welbeck, who previously finished in a United shirt on 13 February at Real Madrid, was the man with his side’s second. This time Lingard found Ryan Giggs, whose weighted pass was slotted confidently by the striker beyond Ante Covic.
As with last weekend’s defeat, United were vulnerable to being turned. An illustration came when Besart Berisha fed Thomas Broich in a move that too easily split the tourists’ defence. The forward’s shot missed Anders Lindegaard’s goal by mere inches, flying beyond the Dane and over.
Within moments of the second half starting, this time Berisha was the player clear though he could only spoon an effort from the left that went close to being a throw-in on the other side. United had switched off. Berisha, an Albanian, was allowed too much room by Michael Keane, who had replaced Rio Ferdinand at half-time, and he rolled the finish beyond Lindegaard who should have got closer to the ball.
Lingard, who hails from Warrington and is yet to make a senior appearance, quickly restored United’s two-goal cushion with a pile-driver that flew past Michael Theo, on for Covic at the break, from the angle on the left.
On 63 minutes and after taking instructions from Phil Neville, one of Moyes’s coaches, Robin van Persie entered, having joined the tour in Sydney. It was the Dutchman’s corner that was placed perfectly on Welbeck’s head as he doubled his tally for the evening before a bumper 83,127 crowd.
Van Persie, on who much depends when United begin their title defence, offered one flash of his brilliance, twisting to make room inside the All Stars’ area to play in Anderson but the Brazilian was offside. The Dutchman made no mistake as the match neared 90 minutes. After being put clean through he dawdled and appeared to have missed the chance to score. But when the ball was returned to him, the striker’s lesser-trusted right boot did the business.
Zaha closed the game with some dancing feet that should have allowed Adnan Januzaj to make it 6-1 but from near-in he missed.
A-League A-Stars (3-5-2): Covic (Theo, ht); Boogard, Topor-Stanley, Beauchamp (Chapman, 84), (Grant, 62); Bojic, Emerton (Currusca, 84), Miller (Celski, ht), McGlinchey, Rose (Risdon, 62); Broich (Williams, 73), Berisha (Ifill, 73)
Subs from: Bridge
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Lindegaard; Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand (Keane, ht)), Evra (Fabio, 76); Carrick (Anderson, 71), Cleverley; Zaha, Giggs Van Persie, 62), Lingard; Welbeck (Januzaj, 71)
Subs from: De Gea