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Football: Manchester United crush LA Galaxy 7-0 in van Gaal debut

Published on Jul 24, 2014 1:32 PM

PASADENA (AFP) - Louis van Gaal's reign as manager of Manchester United got off to a rousing start on Wednesday with a 7-0 friendly victory over Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy.

In the first match of van Gaal's tenure, Wayne Rooney scored twice in the first half, converting a penalty in the 42nd minute after Galaxy midfielder A.J. Delagarza handled a cross from Antonio Valencia.

Three minutes later, Los Angeles defender Tommy Meyer failed to intercept Danny Welbeck's cross, giving Rooney another chance to beat Jaime Penedo.

Welbeck had opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a 25-yard strike that crashed in off the post.

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