Manchester United chewed LA Galaxy up then spat them out as the Pasadena side were demolished by a 7-0 score in a pre-season friendly.
In front of an audience of 86,432 people inside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, home-town favourites LA Galaxy were humbled by a rampant Manchester United who picked the MLS club apart with a 7-0 score thanks to goals from Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney (2), Reece James (2) and Ashley Young (2).
It was a successful first game in charge for Dutch maestro Louis van Gaal, who took command of a United dugout for the first time having only recently taken the Netherlands national football team to a third-placed finish at the recent World Cup tournament in Brazil.
And van Gaal was not the only unfamiliar face in United colours as Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera also played, with the latter providing protection to a three-man rearguard who were flanked by wing-backs on either side. Despite his deep-role, Herrera provided a hat-trick of assists, key-passes and attempted good shots as well as playing a key part in the team's retention of a nil score at the back.
Speaking to the club's official website, Herrera, a £28.5 million signing from Athletic Bilbao, revealed what van Gaal said to his victorious team in the locker-room post-match.
"The manager said to us afterwards that he was pleased with the game and a good performance but he wants us to keep improving. We have to keep working hard.
"7-0 is a great score but it’s a friendly game. It’s important for us to start with a win like this and it will help us keep improving."
United now take on AS Roma on July 26 before friendly fixtures against Internazionale on July 30 and Real Madrid on August 2.