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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 01:55 GMT 02:55 UK
Forlan brace boosts Man Utd
Diego Forlan in action on United's US tour
I have kept working hard as I always try to do but the goals give you a better feeling
Diego Forlan
Another superb strike from Ruud van Nistelrooy and two goals from Diego Forlan gave Manchester United victory over Mexican outfit Club America in Los Angeles.

The prolific van Nistelrooy set United on their way a minute after the interval following a goalless first half.

Forlan doubled the lead with a header from Quinton Fortune's cross two minutes later and lashed home the third 11 minutes from time from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's flick-on.

Christian Patino grabbed a deserved late consolation for the Mexican champions in front of 57,000 fans in the LA Coliseum.

After United's 4-0 win against Celtic in Seattle on Tuesday, the first half was a tepid affair by comparison.

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Celtic 1-0 Boca Juniors
Juventus 2-2 Barcelona
Man Utd 3-1 Club America
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But Van Nistelrooy broke the deadlock when he turned onto a Forlan flick and his first touch took him away from the last Club America defender.

The Dutchman then unleashed a devastating drive from the edge of the box which Adolfo Rios had no chance with.

Forlan was at the centre of most of United's first-half raids without reward, but his persistence paid off in the 49th minute when he met Fortune's cut-back with a firm header.

The Uruguayan, who took 27 games to break his scoring duck at United, sealed victory with his second after a long punt downfield from goalkeeper Ricardo.

Maybe the scoreline was a bit flattering but I am satisfied with the performance
Sir Alex Ferguson

The Spaniard had earlier done well to keep out Franky Oviedo's header, while Ortiz also had a free-kick harshly ruled out for Club America after an infringement in the wall.

"It was quite a difficult game," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told MUTV afterwards.

"It was quite warm out there and in the first half we couldn't get much of a tempo going. But in the first 15 minutes of the second half we won the game.

"They were very good goals and that's been the feature for us really, we've scored very good goals over here."




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Man Utd boss Alex Ferguson
"I thought the final scoreline was a bit flattering"



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