TimesBD.net: Manchester United made it three wins from three in the International Champions Cup by beating European champions Barcelona 3-1 in California on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj struck the decisive goals for Louis van Gaal`s side in the Santa Clara heat, putting them top of the table in the friendly competition.
Rooney`s well-placed header after eight minutes put United in front, and only the right arm of Marc-Andre ter Stegen stopped Ashley Young doubling their advantage.
Luis Suarez was denied an equaliser on the hour by the offside flag, and United rubbed salt in the Spanish champions` wounds when substitute Lingard doubled United`s lead two minutes after coming on.
Rafinha was able to pull one back for the Catalan giants late on, but the Premier League side had the last word when Januzaj quickly added a third before the final whistle.
Barca could have twice been ahead inside the opening five minutes as Suarez saw a free-kick thud against the post, and reported Real Madrid target David de Gea – starting his first game in pre-season – denied Sergi Roberto.
Despite their tentative start, United found themselves ahead when England captain Rooney headed home Young`s corner after shrugging off the attentions of Adriano.
Young went close to doubling United`s lead after 28 minutes, but his effort from the edge of the penalty area was superbly kept out by extended arm of Ter Stegen.
Moments later the Barca goal was under siege again, but resolute defending ensured Young, Rooney and Juan Mata were all kept at bay.