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Manchester United players observe minute's silence in California for Berkeley balcony collapse victims

By Jenny Kirkham

Manchester United players led a minute's silence before their pre-season victory against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The respective silence was to remember the six Irish students killed when a balcony collapsed in the college town of Berkeley last month.

Five Dublin students - Lorcán Miller, Niccolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke, all 21 - and Ashley Donohoe, 22, from California, all died in the tragedy.

One of the six victims, 21-year-old Nicolai Schuster, idolised United signing Bastain Schweinsteiger who posed with a picture of the student before the game.

Schweinsteiger paid tribute to the Dubliner in the wake of the tragedy, posting a message on his Facebook page to say he wished Mr Schuster’s family “a lot of strength for this difficult time”.

Aoife Beary, Hannah Waters, Clodagh Cogley and Niall Murray continue to receive treatment for their injuries in California.

The pre-season match was originally to be held at the 60,000-seat University of California Berkeley's Memorial Stadium in Berkeley but was moved to San Jose to accommodate Manchester United's logistic and travel requirements.

Sir Alex Ferguson watched from the stands as Memphis Depay scored his first Manchester United goal in a simple 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes.

On the attack, United looked impressive and were well worth their second tour win.

The match, started at a quick pace and Sam Johnstone, in goal instead of the injured David de Gea, had little to do.

Depay provided the majority of the early excitement, turning Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi twice before driving a low shot at David Bingham.

Before kick-off, Wayne Rooney spoke confidently about breaking the 20-goal barrier this season, but missed his chance after a good run by Luke Shaw.

The second goal of the night belonged to £25 million signing Depay.

Johnstone was the only survivor from the first-half team as United manager Louis van Gaal made 10 changes at half-time.

Next up for the Red Devils is a match against a much tougher opponent - Barcelona - on Saturday.

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