Morgan Schneiderlin got his Manchester United career – and Tour 2015 – off to the best possible start with the winning goal against Club America in Seattle.
The French midfielder, signed from Southampton on the day the Reds departed for Tour 2015, presented by Aon, headed home after just five minutes to seal a 1-0 victory in United’s opening game of the International Champions Cup at CenturyLink Field.
Schneiderlin was one of four debutants for the Reds on the night with Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay all enjoying their first run-outs in the red shirt.
Louis van Gaal said before the match he would play two different teams and the United boss stayed true to his word. The first-half XI featured Sam Johnstone in goal – a minor injury to David De Gea ruled him out of the match – with Darmian, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw across the backline. Michael Carrick, Schneiderlin, Juan Mata and Ashley Young were further ahead with Depay playing just behind Wayne Rooney.
The Reds began the game brightly and were ahead after just five minutes. Some neat play from United led to the ball falling to Mata on the right wing and he crossed to the far post where Schneiderlin rose to loop home a header.
Club America looked to reply immediately and two minutes later Pablo Cesar Aguilar slid in to meet a cross at the far post, but could only put it wide.
At the other end Mata went close on 14 minutes after good play down the left between Shaw and Young, with the latter cutting the ball back for the Spaniard, but he saw his effort saved.