Manchester United latest: 7-0 victory and Van Gaal tactics

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Manchester United won 7-0 at LA Galaxy on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Ashley Young scored a brace from two superb assists from new signing Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney scored two, young defender Reece James fired home two before Danny Welbeck added a seventh in a rout of a result for Louis van Gaal’s first game in charge of the Red Devils.

Louis van Gaal deployed a 3-5-2 formation leading many to believe, due to the success of the system against LA Galaxy, that the boss will continue with this formation in the new campaign.

However, the manager revealed he intends to play the 3-4-3 system as he described it but admitted the squad lacks balance and stated that he was prepared to be flexible and change the system, dependent on its success.

Van Gaal said: "We introduced a new system that we have only played two times on the training pitch 11 v 11. But the boys are willing to pick up the information. When you want to change a system, you must start at once. We don’t have time to prepare for other things. The other system they can play is 4-3-3 and they have played it for many years.

"I can change back if the system doesn’t work,” he added.

Midfielder Ander Herrera was ‘happy’ with his debut for the Red Devils.

"It was a dream for me to play in the red shirt – I will keep this shirt with me always. I hope this is the start of a lot of games for United," he told ManUtd.com.

"It wasn't only me in this game though, I think the whole team enjoyed the game and did well. It's the first match and we have done good things. It's a good step and we're very happy."

He continued: "We are happy with the result but let's not forget this is a friendly and we still have many things to improve on," said Herrera.

Meanwhile, new signing and England youngster Luke Shaw insists he feels ‘no pressure’ to prove himself at Old Trafford where he has come in to replace Patrice Evra.

“I don't feel any pressure to come in for Evra,” Shaw said. “He has been great for the club for the last 10 years and I hope I can carry that on.”

“There is always going to be pressure, no matter where you go, but I try not to focus on that. I try to focus on my own game, what I do on the pitch,“ he added.

Youngster Wilfried Zaha is glad to have a ‘clean slate’ under the new boss after being left out of the team by David Moyes last season and sent out on loan.

"For me, I definitely feel like this is a clean slate. All I'm trying to do is impress the new manager and get into his squad,” said the England youngster.

"All I can do is give my all. There's a new manager and I want to make sure I show him what I can do.”

In transfer news, The Mirror reports that United have been given the ‘green light’ to pursue Angel Di Maria amid reports that the Argentine could leave Real Madrid this summer.

In other news, the club accidentally offered a half-price sale on orders for the new shirt for the 2014/15 season due to an error on the club’s official store, operated by Kitbag.com, with many fans purchasing the shirt online for £22, half the regular retail price.The error how now been fixed as fans wait to find out if the club will honour the sale price or not.

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