San Jos - Louis van Gaal criticized new signing Bastian
Schweinsteiger and his Manchester United team mates after the Premier League
giants eased to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
United recorded a second straight victory on their US tour
and never really looked troubled against their mid-table opponents from Major
Juan Mata and man-of-the-match Memphis Depay scored first
half goals for United before Brazilian youngster Andreas Pereira added a third
in the second half.
But United boss van Gaal was furious at the performance of
his team after the break when he made 10 changes, including the introduction of
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"The first half I was satisfied -- the players have
performed what we wanted in the defensive organization, and they have created a
lot of chances, 10, and they scored two goals so I was satisfied," van
"But the second half I thought we played very bad -- a
lot of ball losses, very unnecessary. The only highlight was the goal from
"We didn't give many chances away but we gave
"It was a threat always and that was not necessary.
"Our positions in midfield were not so good as in the
Asked to assess the performance of new signing
Schweinsteiger, van Gaal didn't mince his words.
"He was also bad," the Dutchman said, warning it
would take time for the German World Cup-winner to settle in at United after
arriving from Bayern Munich.
"Players can play bad, certainly when you have only
three days or six days training session in your legs and you have to play 45
"Everybody can think it is easy to step in but it is
not easy. I thought the first match (Schweinsteiger) played very well and now
he played bad but that is also a process."
Van Gaal however would have drawn encouragement from the
display of Depay, who completed a $38.9 million move to Old Trafford in June.
With former United boss Alex Ferguson amongst an
18,000-capacity sell-out at San Jose's Avaya Stadium, United eased into their
attacking stride quickly.
They created a promising opening after only four minutes
when Depay broke forward menacingly before whipping in a low shot which was
parried clear by San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham.
Four minutes later, United threatened again when Luke Shaw
powered down the left flank and crossed for Wayne Rooney who was just unable to
United finally broke through on 32 minutes. Ashley Young fed
Mata who cut into the penalty area and chipped across goal to beat Bingham off
the far post.
Five minutes later United were 2-0 up when Depay, by far the
sharpest of United's attackers on display, pounced on a poor back pass by Jean
Baptist Pierazzi to coolly tuck away his finish.
But a largely trouble-free opening 45 minutes was blotted
shortly before half-time as San Jose pulled a goal back through Fatai Alashe.
Shea Salinas embarrassed Morgan Schneiderlin down the right
flank, feinting past the midfielder far too easily before picking out Alashe
with a low cross to finish past United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
The mass of substitutions at half-time disrupted United's
rhythm but they were soon back in the goalscoring groove with Pereira making at
3-1 on 61 minutes.
England Under-21 international Jesse Lingard chipped in a
pinpoint cross from the right flank and Brazilian youngster Pereira lost his
marker to steer home past Bingham.
United will play European champions Barcelona in their match
of the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament on Saturday at Levi's
Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the San Francisco 49ers.For
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