Five-star Manchester United buries Cardiff

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  • First match since Mourinho sacking
  • Lingard scores twice
  • Camarasa nabs lone Bluebirds goal

Jesse Lingard scored twice as Manchester United won its first match under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 5-1 defeat of his former side, Cardiff City, at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, and Anthony Martial also scored for Manchester United in the first match since the firing of manager Jose Mourinho.

Victor Camarasa converted a penalty for Cardiff’s only goal, as the Bluebirds conceded three or more goals for the eighth time this season.

United goes back into sixth with 29 points, while Cardiff remains 17th with 14 points.

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Solskjaer didn’t have to wait more than 180 seconds for his first goal as United boss, as Rashford scored a pinpoint free kick around the wall and inside the far post.

Calum Paterson and Luke Shaw knocked heads in the 13th minute, stopping play so both players could receive treatment.

Herrera and a wicked deflection combined to provide an aesthetically pleasing goal in the 29th, as Paul Pogba set up the Spaniard for a shot that knuckled into the goal after turning off Greg Cunningham.

Cardiff re-entered the game when Rashford was judged to have handled the ball in the box, and Camarasa finished his chance from the spot and it was 2-1 in the 38th.

Martial barely required more than a couple of minutes to make it 3-1, working one-touch passing with Pogba and Jesse Lingard before beating Neil Etheridge.

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Lingard won a penalty with a dribble through traffic, as Sol Bamba appeared the likeliest to have taken down the United man with a tug on the arm. He converted his own chance to make it 4-1.

Cardiff backstop Neil Etheridge got the slightest touch on Rashford’s bid to make it 5-1, set up by a Victor Lindelof (?!?) dribble in the 63rd minute.

David De Gea had to make a save when Josh Murphy had a 15-yard shot in the 64th.

Kenneth Zohore couldn’t sneak a shot past De Gea, winning a corner in the 77th minute.

USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.

Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.