PHOTOS: The best images from Manchester United v Real Madrid

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 on Saturday night, and here are some pictures of the players in action.

Manchester United continued their impressive pre-season form with a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid on Saturday night.

The result means United will now face Liverpool in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup, having overcome Roma, Inter Milan and now Real.

It is a far cry from last summer's pre-season tour, when United failed to impress against considerably less illustrious opposition.  But under new manager Louis van Gaal, the players seem to have rediscovered their form at just the right time.

Here we take a look at some of the best images taken before, during and after the match.

Two Welsh superstars meet as United's assistant coach Ryan Giggs talks to his countryman Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid attacker got on the score-sheet courtesy of a first-half penalty. But it ultimately proved to be a mere consolation.

If any one player is indicative of the transformation taking place under van Gaal it is Ashley Young.  The United player has embraced his new role as a wing-back and followed up his goals against LA Galaxy with two more against the Spanish giants.  Here we see him celebrating his first strike.

All smiles as United's players celebrate at the final whistle.  It may only be pre-season but there has been a huge turnaround and big things will now be expected of these players when they return to England to kick off the Premier League campaign in less than two weeks.

Ander Herrera tussles with Bale as he proved yet again what a canny signing he is for United.  Herrera is exactly the type of player the club has been crying out for and he has shown in the USA that he has all the attributes to become a United great.

A farewell hug?  That is certainly a possibility with both Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa linked with a move away from Old Trafford.  In the case of the Mexican, it would probably make sense given the competition for places up front.  

But Kagawa will have chances to shine under van Gaal given the change to a 3-5-2 formation, with Juan Mata unlikely to play every single minute of every single match.

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