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Man United fans want the same strike partnership for a decade after impressive Manchester derby victory

New signing Lukaku opened the scoring and Rashford netted the second in comfortable win for Jose Mourinho's men

And just like that the next ten years of Man United goals have been scheduled.

Jose Mourinho dealt his long-time rival Pep Guardiola a pre-season blow with a 2-0 win between the Manchester clubs in Houston.

Better yet, new signing Romelu Lukaku proved his class with a sublime finish before Marcus Rashford doubled the lead before half time.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after giving Manchester United the lead in Houston

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Worth every penny?

The beg Belgian added to his goal in Salt Lake City three days ago by scoring a stylish opener against Man City.

Guardiola’s new £35million goalkeeper Ederson would have concerned fans with his Claudio Bravo impression for the goal – charging out of his box and ending up in no man’s land as Lukaku found the far corner.

Guardiola also gave a first outing to £50 million defender Kyle Walker and Stockport born youngster Phil Foden, who impressed fans of both sides.

He also gave English winger Patrick Roberts a chance to impress – after his dazzling 18 month loan spell at Celtic.

Mourinho described the first ever Manchester derby to be played on foreign soil as a ‘good training session’ before kick-off.

Marcus Rashford doubles Manchester United's lead within minutes of the opener

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The Boy Wonder doing his thing

United’s goalscorers gave fans a reason to be hopeful not just for the season ahead but for many years to come.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is chased down by Kevin de Bruyne

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan excelled in the No10 role

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba’s displays in midfield would have also delighted United fans.

The pair settled into their roles with the Armenian international ghosting into space well in the No10 position while the world’s most expensive player dictated the tempo with his fluid passing.

Both men took home an assist from the friendly.

Both teams wore a worker bee on their shirts in honour of the victims of the Manchester terror attack

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Both teams wore a worker bee on their shirts in honour of the victims of the Manchester terror attack

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Both managers made changes at the break – Guardiola gave Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala the chance to put themselves in the shop window.

With both managers making regular subs, the game lost its momentum but City should have had something to show for their night’s work.

Gabriel Jesus volleyed over from close range while a long range effort from Fernandinho stung the finger-tips of Sergio Romero.

Rapper Drake presented the match ball before the Manchester derby clash

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Imagine Drake as a referee

United boss Mourinho was delighted with victory but warned the club needs to press on with its transfer dealings.

He said: “The credit for Lukaku and Lindelof to be here on time is not mine but Ed Woodward’s and I thank him for that fantastic work to bring us two very important players.

“But we need a bit more and when you see the other teams in the Premier League, the way they get players and good players and you see the Champions buy three fantastic experienced players.

“City go to the market and Liverpool and West Ham gets Joe Hart, Chicharito and Arnautovic, West Ham wow, they play to win the Premier League too.

“So the teams are fantastic in the market and I’m waiting for a bit more.

“Other teams can do it also, is not a critic or not understanding the difficulty of the situation.

“I understand the difficulty of the situation.

“The market is open until August 31 but I like to work from day one.”


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