Man Utd beat Leeds 4-0 in Australia friendly

Author: BBC Sport
Rashford (middle) was lively for Man Utd, scoring one of their four goals in Perth

Manchester United eased to a 4-0 win against old rivals Leeds in Perth to bring their nine-day stay in Australia to a satisfactory conclusion.

Mason Greenwood, 17, opened the scoring from close range after two minutes before Marcus Rashford added another before half-time in a match that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 11 changes.

Phil Jones' powerful header made it three, and Anthony Martial's penalty rounded off the scoring in front of a crowd of 55,274.

Solskjaer's side were without striker Romelu Lukaku, who is still to make an appearance on this trip after picking up 'a knock' in training on Tuesday.

 Greenwood's performance can only embolden the growing number of people around the Old Trafford camp who feel their position would be better served by letting Lukaku join Inter Milan, who are keen on him.

Greenwood was six years of age when he first turned up at a Manchester United coaching camp in his native West Yorkshire, and since then,his development has been impressive.

Speaking to the English media in the team hotel on Tuesday, Solskjaer outlined Greenwood's talents, emphasising his two-footed nature and ability to find space. "A natural finisher, a natural footballer," was the Norwegian's pay-off.

It was encouraging to see the position Greenwood took up to tap home Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross, six yards out, in the middle of the goal.

It was precisely the type of run Solskjaer, a predatory finisher himself, has been telling his forwards to make, in the knowledge they will increase their goal tally by up to half a dozen a season.

Club sources are adamant  about  Paul Pogba. They believe he will remain at Old Trafford beyond the closing of next month's transfer window, even though,  the midfielder's agent, Mino Raiola, has been vague about the Frenchman's short-term intentions.

Looking at his midfield options, Solskjaer needs Pogba, for without him, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira do not offer much inspiration.

McTominay did supply the pass for Rashford's 27th-minute goal, although the effort itself owed more to the England forward's outstanding feint that took him past two Leeds defenders before a precise finish into the bottom corner.

It was Rashford's second goal in as many pre-season games after scoring the opener against Perth Glory on Saturday.