In front of 109,318 fans, a single-game attendance record for a soccer match played in the United States, Manchester United beat Real Madrid, 3-1, in Guinness International Champions Cup (ICC) play on Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The crowd topped the old record of 101,799 for the 1984 Olympic final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The victory earned the Red Devils a spot in the ICC final on Monday versus Liverpool FC at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
Normally the home of the Michigan Wolverines college football team, the "Big House" sported a grass field installed specifically for the match. Midfielder Ashley Young was the scoring star of the afternoon, as he tallied two first-half goals for Manchester United, the first at the 20 minute-mark and the second in the 36th minute.
Although listed as a scratch, Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo entered the match as a substitute in the second half, taking the pitch in the 74th minute. Despite the appearance, Ronaldo was unable to help generate offense for his side, which scored its only goal on a first-half penalty kick from Gareth Bale, who was given the opportunity after being tackled in the scoring box. In addition to the two goals from Ashley Young, Manchester United enjoyed another score off the foot of Javier Hernandez in the 79th minute.
The annual ICC tourney has eight teams, and this year's event also featured Inter Milan, AS Roma, Manchester City, Olympiacos FC and AC Milan. The win on Sunday secured the Red Devils a perfect 3-0 tourney mark and first place in Group A, and they will meet the Group B winner and likewise unblemished Liverpool FC at 8 p.m. ET on Monday. Both sides were dominant in their respective groups with six goals for and only three goals against in their trio of matches.
Learn more about the contest in a recap article on MLive.com.