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Published 30/07/2015

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney controls the ball against Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Emiliano Da Silva during the first half of their International Champions Cup soccer game at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney controls the ball against Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Emiliano Da Silva during the first half of their International Champions Cup soccer game at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney (C) reacts after missing a goal against Paris Saint-Germain during the second half of their International Champions Cup soccer game at Soldier Field in in Chicago, Illinois on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi (14) heads the ball against Manchester United defender Luke Shaw (3) and defender Michael Carrick (16) during the second half of their International Champions Cup soccer game at Soldier Field in in Chicago, Illinois on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United defender Juan Mata (L), controls the ball against Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi (unseen) and defender Maxwell during the second half of their International Champions Cup soccer game at Soldier Field in in Chicago, Illinois on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney (L) reacts after missing a goal against Paris Saint-Germain during the second half of their International Champions Cup soccer game at Soldier Field in in Chicago, Illinois on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney (L) reacts after missing a goal against Paris Saint-Germain during the second half of their International Champions Cup soccer game at Soldier Field in in Chicago, Illinois on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United forward Memphis Depay (C) tries to get past Paris Saint-Germain player during the first half of their International Champions Cup soccer game at Soldier Field July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier heads the ball during the first half of their International Champions Cup soccer game against Manchester United at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JOSHUA LOTTJoshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, right, tries to score against Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, left, in the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, second from left, tries to score against Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Emiliano Da Silva (2) and defender Serge Aurier, right, in the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney tries to control the ball against Paris Saint-Germain in the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, left, reacts after missing a shot against Paris Saint-Germain in the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, keeps the ball away from Manchester United defender Bastian Schweinsteiger, right, in the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Daley Blind #17 of Manchester United heads the ball over Blaise Matuidi #14 of Paris Saint-Germain during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Christopher Nkunku #33 of Paris Saint-Germain knocks the ball away from Andreas Pereira #44 of Manchester United during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Andreas Pereira #44 of Manchester United moves against Christopher Nkunku #33 of Paris Saint-Germain during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Moreira Marinho #32 of Paris Saint-Germain holds off Juan Mata #8 of Manchester United during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Luis Antonio Valencia #25 of Manchester United charges up the field under pressure from Christopher Nkunku #33 of Paris Saint-Germain during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Wayne Rooney #10 of Manchester United passes against Paris Saint-Germain during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Juan Mata #8 of Manchester United moves up the field against Paris Saint-Germain during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Matteo Darmain #36 of Manchester United and Blaise Matuidi #14 of Paris Saint-Germain chase down the ball during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Blaise Matuidi #14 of Paris Saint-Germain leaps to block a pass by Memphis DePay #9 of Manchester United during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Wayne Rooney #10 of Manchester United moves against Benjamin Stambouli #4 of Paris Saint-Germain during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Memphis Depay #9 of Manchester United battle with Serge Aurier #19 of Paris Saint-Germain during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29: Michael Carrick #16 of Manchester United moves against Benjamin Stambouli #4 of Paris Saint-Germain during a match in the 2015 International Champions Cup at Soldier Field on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Manchester United's defensive vulnerabilities were highlighted with ease by Paris St Germain, who blew Louis van Gaal's team away in the Windy City.

Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored at the Soldier Field in Chicago to steal United's International Champions Cup crown in the final game of the club's tour of the United States.

The 2-0 victory for the French champions was made a lot easier by some woeful defending by United.

Phil Jones allowed PSG to counter for the first goal by jumping in for a tackle inside the opposition's half and then could not block Matuidi's close-range finish.

And Ibrahimovic was allowed to walk through a static back line and convert Maxwell's cross in the 34th minute.

After recording three decent victories, United headed back to England after a chastening defeat that reminded them much work has to be done if they are to get back on a par with Europe's elite.

Senior sources at United insisted earlier this week that Van Gaal was happy with his defensive options, but on this evidence, the Dutchman may need to rethink.

United, who were without PSG target Angel Di Maria, started relatively well. Bastian Schweinsteiger looked eager to answer his critics, of whom one was Van Gaal.

The German swept up the field and lofted a ball to Wayne Rooney, who squared to Memphis Depay but he shot wide.

Schweinsteiger showed no mercy to Ibrahimovic, knocking the Swede off the ball. The forward rolled around on the turf, but received no sympathy from the crowd or the referee.

Ibrahimovic rose to his feet and put PSG ahead. He was helped in no small part by Jones.

The centre-back tried - and failed - to dispossess Ibrahimovic 10 yards inside the PSG half. Jones had only just managed to track back to the edge of the area by the time Lucas Moura had lofted a brilliant pass to Matuidi and he slotted in before the England defender and Luke Shaw could intercept.

United's defending was just as inept for the second goal. Maxwell found space on the left to square for Ibrahimovic, who strode past two defenders and slotted past a hesitant De Gea.

Some of PSG's passing was a joy to watch. Lucas Moura, Maxwell and Ibrahimovic all exuded flair.

United, on the other hand, were deteriorating as the half went on. Ashley Young and Rooney misplaced passes. The only time United tested Kevin Trapp was from a Depay free-kick.

Van Gaal replaced Schweinsteiger, Young and De Gea with Morgan Schneiderlin, Andreas Pereira and Sam Johnstone at the break.

Pereira, who has impressed for United on this tour, made an immediate impression, crafting a lovely ball into the box for Juan Mata, but the Spaniard miscontrolled.

The Brazilian then found Rooney, who knocked the ball down to Depay but his shot did not trouble the PSG goalkeeper.

Michael Carrick's poor pass allowed Youssouf Sabaly in at the death, but he shot wide and PSG settled for a 2-0 win.

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