Veron an instant hit for United

Malaysia All-Stars 0 Manchester United 6
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Ruud Van Nistelrooy fired a warning to defenders across Europe and in the Premiership by scoring twice on his United debut against the Malaysia All-Stars here yesterday.

Van Nistelrooy took just seven minutes to open his account for the Premiership champions before scoring a second goal in the 36th minute. The £19m striker could easily have had a hat-trick before he was substituted at half-time.

He appeared marginally offside for his first goal when Dwight Yorke flicked on Roy Keane's through ball to allow him to slot home.

The United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, will have been impressed by the Dutchman's predatory instincts.

United gave their overawed hosts, managed by Terry Venables' former right-hand man Allan Harris, the run around and Ryan Giggs gave Abd Aziz such a torrid time that the bemused right-back was hauled off after just 15 minutes.

Juan Sebastian Veron looked assured on his debut and the £28.1m Argentine midfielder quickly struck up an understanding with Keane in midfield before he came off at the interval. But there was no doubt the majority of the 80,000 crowd at the Bukit Jalil Stadium had come to see David Beckham. Every time the England captain touched the ball, hundreds of cameras flashed.

Yorke also created United's second goal in the 29th minute when he put Beckham through. Seven minutes later, Van Nistelrooy latched on to Keane's pass to make it 3-0.

United made five changes at the interval with Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville coming on. Within 30 seconds of the restart Solskjaer fed Cole, who rounded goalkeeper Kamarulzaman Hassan to score.

United made three more substitutions on the hour when defender Wes Brown and midfielders Luke Chadwick and Quinton Fortune came on.

Chadwick made it 5-0 on 71 minutes from Solskjaer's pass and then Butt set up Cole to score with a scuffed shot.

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