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Manchester United overcome rivals Liverpool to claim first trophy

Manchester United have picked up their first trophy of the year with a 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.

Steven Gerrard gave the Reds an early lead in the 14th minute after slotting home a penalty to end the half 1-0.

However, United came out firing with two quick goals, the first from Wayne Rooney in the 55th minute while Juan Mata made it 2-1 a few minutes later.

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The Red Devils put the game out of reach in the 88th minute when substitute Jesse Lingard slammed a well placed slot pass Simon Mignolet to make it 3-1 on the night.

Louis van Gaal’s unbeaten run of five games is considered to be a stroke of master-class from the 62-year-old manager after having only about three weeks to work with the squad.

In addition, he completely changed the way they played, shifting to a new 3-5-2 formation, a plan that has worked really well when he was in charge of the Dutch national team.

With Van Gaal picking up his first trophy, it’s back to work now as he plans to complete his squad overhaul using his player’s pre-season form as the benchmark to his selection.

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