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Manchester United crush Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in manager van Gaal's debut

PASADENA, California -- Louis van Gaal's reign as manager of Manchester United got off to a rousing start on Wednesday with a 7-0 friendly victory over Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy.

England striker Wayne Rooney scored twice in the first half, while 20-year-old Reece James and Ashley Young also contributed two goals apiece and Danny Welbeck scored to make van Gaal's first match at the helm a resounding triumph.

“It's fantastic how they played today,” said van Gaal, who was tapped two months ago to replace the sacked David Moyes at the English Premier League club, but took the reins only after guiding the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup.

After Welbeck opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a 25-yard strike that crashed in off the post, Rooney doubled the score when he converted a penalty in the 42nd minute after Galaxy midfielder A.J. Delagarza handled a cross from Antonio Valencia.

Three minutes later, Los Angeles defender Tommy Meyer failed to intercept Welbeck's cross, giving Rooney another chance to beat Jaime Penedo and he tapped home his second of the night.

With a 3-0 lead over a Galaxy team currently lying fourth in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, van Gaal made nine changes to his side at halftime.

The only two starters to remain in the game were recent signing Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher, who was given the captain's armband as van Gaal ponders who will be take that role full-time after the departure of Nemanja Vidic for Inter Milan.

James made it 4-0 in the 62nd minute, seizing on a cross from Young and firing home.

He added a second goal in the 84th, putting away the rebound of a shot by Young.

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, top, scores past Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Wednesday, July 23. (AP)

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