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Man United tops Barcelona 3-1

Wayne Rooney scored on a header in the eighth minute off Ashley Young’s corner kick, and Manchester United kept the pressure on all afternoon to beat Barcelona 3-1 and stay unbeaten during its preseason tour in the United States.

Jesse Lingard added the Red Devils’ second goal on a cross by Tyler Blackett in the 65th, just two minutes after coach Louis van Gaal subbed out his entire starting 11 to play the second team on Saturday. Adnan Januzaj scored for Man United in the 90th minute, some 30 seconds after Rafinha got Barcelona on the board in the 90th.

The Red Devils improved to 3-0 in the International Champions Cup, this time getting the best of Luis Suarez and Barca while playing under clear skies for a sellout crowd of 68,416 at the USD 1.3 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Rooney raised his arms in delight after his goal, and coach Louis van Gaal got a good look at what he hinted would be his starting 11 for the Premier League opener Aug. 8 against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal subbed his entire team in the 63rd minute as planned. Now, his team will wrap up its preseason tour against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday at Chicago’s Soldier Field. 


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