Man Utd midfielder Lingard: Martial will only get better

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The resulting spot kicks were not of the highest quality, with Casemiro sending his team's fifth off the crossbar, meaning that United won 2-1 thanks to conversions from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind, and just youngster Luis Miguel Quezada netting for the La Liga giants.

Man Utd ace Anthony Martial may well have a point to prove this coming season, and he set the tone in the win over Real Madrid in the USA on Sunday.

Martial crossed the baseline and outmaneuvered three Real Madrid rivals before passing the ball to Jesse Lingard to score in the last minute of the first half.

Although a healthy crowd still withstood the baking Californian heat, they still only filled little more than half of the 68,500 Levi's stadium. He played the full match, and afterwards Jose Mourinho was full of praise for him, hinting that he needs to apply himself and become more consistent if he is to really make a name for himself at United.

He set up Lingard's goal in California on Sunday with a fabulous piece of skill that took him past Luka Modric and Daniel Carvajal.

There was speculation that Manchester United might try to bring Bale back to the Premier League this summer but Mourinho said over the weekend that, like his Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale was in the "mission impossible" category of signings.

United have not managed to get the best out of 21-year-old Martial since his £36m move from Monaco in 2015.

Despite coming through the club's academy, Lingard has often struggled to get the same recognition from United fans handed down to Marcus Rashford or other homegrown talents of old.

The first man to cross the Atletico-Real divide in the Spanish capital in 17 years showed his pace and power to provoke Lindelof into conceding the penalty.

Madrid was handed a glorious chance to level the scores after 68 minutes when a terrible Lindelof challenge on Hernandez resulted in a penalty.

One of the quirks of USA tours can be elaborate pre-game shows with the USA national anthem a staple.

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