1. Manchester United won 3-1 and fans started to think that in Louis van Gaal we had the manager that was going to bring back the glory days. Real Madrid were the champions of Europe at the time but United comprehensively outplayed them.

2. Ashley Young, who was deeply unpopular at the time, was tried out in the new position of wing-back. He had a fantastic game, scoring twice, and leading fans to believe Van Gaal was an even bigger genius.

3. Javier Hernandez was also on the scoresheet. Less than a month later, he was loaned out to Real Madrid for the rest of the season ahead.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo had been ruled out of the game by manager Carlo Ancelotti ahead of kick-off. Yet with 15 minutes to play and Madrid just a goal behind, the former United star was brought on, much to the delight of the supporters.

5. A new record for football in America was set when 109,318 showed up in Michigan to watch it. Bizarrely, Spanish paper Marca photoshopped the image of the crowd so it looked like the crowd was full of Real Madrid fans, instead of the reality, it being more or less all Red. This stadium is the third biggest sporting arena in the world.


6. United’s win saw them book a place in the final of this pre-season tournament against Liverpool, which we won 3-1, thanks to goals from Rooney, Mata and Lingard.

7. In some areas, matchday parking prices rose to as much as $100. Makes the tenner at Old Trafford cricket ground seem more reasonable.

8. Michael Keane conceded a penalty. He brought down Gareth Bale, who played brilliantly well, and the Welshman took and scored the spotkit.

9. Despite Wayne Rooney starting, Van Gaal named Darren Fletcher his captain, prompting speculation that the Scotsman was about to take the armband from the outgoing Nemnaja Vidic.

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