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Melbourne Victory’s Luis Nani, right, reacts with Manchester United’s Donny Ven de Beek during the soccer match between Manchester United and Melbourne Victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia, Friday, July 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)


Manchester United overcame an early deficit to beat the A-League’s Melbourne Victory 4-1 as new manager Erik ten Hag’s winning pre-season start continued in front of a crowd of 74,157 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday .

Three days after United beat Liverpool 4-0 to open their overseas tour in Bangkok, Victory took advantage of an apparent time difference at the visitors to take a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute when Chris Ikonomidis marked.

But United were leading at half-time after a deflected shot from Scott McTominay and a close-range goal from Anthony Martial.

The Dutch manager, hired by the English Premier League side in April, changed all 10 outfield players at half-time, just as he did against Liverpool. Marcus Rashford’s finish off an Eric Bailly ball was the highlight of the second half which ended in an own goal from a Tahith Chong cross.

United next play against Crystal Palace, also in Melbourne, on Tuesday before taking on Aston Villa next Friday in Perth, Western Australia.

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