Jesse Lingard and Danny Welbeck star as Manchester United cruise in Sydney

Jesse Lingard: Struck twice in convincing friendly victory

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Youngster Jesse Lingard netted twice as Manchester United enjoyed a comfortable 5-1 friendly victory over the A-League All Stars in Sydney.

The 20-year-old Warrington-born midfielder opened the scoring in Australia before adding a second goal early in the second half.

Danny Welbeck also poached a brace while Robin van Persie came off the bench to snatch the final goal in the 87th minute.

Lingard, who is yet to start a competitive match for the club, fired the tourists ahead with a low shot in the 11th minute after a clever dummy by Welbeck.

Welbeck then made it 2-0 on 34 minutes after good work by both Lingard and 39-year-old Ryan Giggs.

Ex-Burnley striker Besart Berisha pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute only for Lingard - who spent time on loan at Leicester last season - to restore United's two-goal advantage with an excellent strike from 18 yards.

Welbeck made it 4-1 in the 70th minute with a near-post glancing header from Van Persie's corner.

And the Dutchman, who replaced Giggs just after the hour mark, completed the scoring in front of more than 83,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium with a low shot on the rebound after the home keeper had blocked his initial effort.