Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that his side's International Champions Cup victory over arch-rivals Liverpool will have given 'a lot of pleasure' to fans in the United States and in the UK.
Van Gaal's men ran out 3-1 winners in Miami, with goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard cancelling out a Steven Gerrard penalty. The Red Devils lifted the trophy after the match, the club's first silverware since winning last season's Community Shield.
"It is nice for the fans in the United States of America and also at home to beat Liverpool," Van Gaal said. "It is not the favourite opponent I think for the Manchester United fans and I think we have given a lot of pleasure to these fans, and that is very important."
The Dutchman stressed, however, that this although results hold some importance in pre-season, the real challenge begins in around two weeks' time.
"Of course it is better to win in our preparation time than to lose," said the Dutchman. 'But the most important game is against Swansea City, the first game at home in the Premier League. That, we have to win."
Van Gaal's arrival has created a real sense of optimism at Old Trafford that was missing last season under David Moyes.
His first pre-season at the club has been an unequivocal success. United are undefeated in five games, with victories against LA Galaxy, AS Roma, Real Madrid and Liverpool.
United face Valencia at Old Trafford on Tuesday August 12 before kicking off their Premier League campaign against Swansea City.