The Red Devils lost 1-0 to the Singha All Star XI in Bangkok last week, but Moyes’ side were in full-control in front of a massive crowd of 83,127 at the ANZ Stadium.
United’s front-four of Ryan Giggs, Welbeck, Wilfried Zaha and 20-year-old Lingard impacted the game throughout and it didn’t take long for them to hit the scoring front.
The English side were ahead on 10 minutes with Giggs’ pass being dummied cleverly by Zaha, allowing Lingard to run clear and finish with composure.
But the A-League XI responded quickly, bursting clear immediately after the restart and striker Besart Berisha rifled a 25-yard shot a few inches over Andreas Lindegaard’s crossbar.
The Red Devils were also fairly dangerous from set-pieces and captain Patrice Evra, in particular.
Evra’s glancing header missed the far-post on 14 minutes as he passed up another glorious chance from aTom Cleverley corner-kick. The left-back was given acres of space inside the six-yard box and still headed over the crossbar.
The All Stars couldn’t stop Manchester United adding a second on 33 minutes though with Welbeck finishing a really decent one-touch move involving Giggs and Lingard.
Six minutes later, Welbeck was denied a brace by defender Nigel Boogaard who recovered from his mistake to block the United striker from slotting into a gaping net.
The England international was beginning to show some real confidence, as the game approached half-time and he came close again on 43 minutes. Lingard linked with Welbeck whose give-and-go caught the A-League defence napping and his shot, which was diverted by Covic, missed the far-post by inches.
Berisha fired an early warning shot after the interval, missing the target by a few yards, before eventually succeeding on 51 minutes.
The 27-year-old Brisbane Roar striker’s shot looked weak, but it bobbled across the field and somehow into the bottom corner past Lindegaard.
Within three minutes, the Red Devils restored their two-goal lead with Lingard curling home from the edge of the box for his second of the game.
The lively, and largely United-supporting, crowd then got what they really wanted as Van Persie who was introduced by Moyes on the hour mark.
Welbeck was denied by Beuchamp’s sliding challenge again on 68 minutes – but he secured his double from the resulting corner-kick as he headed home Van Persie’s delivery
Zaha then looked intent on scoring for the English champions after good advantage played by the match officials but he missed the post by inches.
But four minutes from the end, Van Persie showed off some clinical finishing, firing across Michael Theo and into the corner with his second attempt.
Teenager Adnan Januzaj almost capped off a fine cameo appearance with a goal, missing from inside the six-yard box in stoppage time.
It was a stark contrast to the defeat in Thailand last week, with the Moyes era finally off-and-running.
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