6:40AM BST 14 Jul 2011
Federico Macheda staked an early claim for a return to Manchester United's Premier League plans with two goals in six minutes to seal victory against New England Revolution in Foxborough.
Macheda, who endured a goalless six-month loan spell at Sampdoria last season, could yet be loaned out again by Sir Alex Ferguson this season with the United manager keen for the 19 year-old to gain more experience away from Old Trafford.
But after seeing Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov both miss clear chances to score in the first-half at the Gillette Stadium, the stunning home of NFL giants New England Patriots, goals by Macheda and Michael owen ensured a winning start for United on their five-game tour of the United States.
Ji-sung Park's close range goal from Ryan Giggs's pass on 80 minutes stretched United's winning margin further in front of 51,523 spectators - a record attendance for a soccer game at the stadium.
Just 47 days after United's Champions League final defeat against Barcelona at Wembley, Ferguson's team returned to action against a Revolution outfit currently marooned at the foot of the MLS Eastern Conference.