Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United team were humbled 1-4 in their first pre-season friendly in Shanghai against Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
Though new acquisition Henrikh Mkhitaryan was on the scoresheet for Man United against his former club, his effort could not save the day as the Germans roared to victory courtesy of goals from Gonzalo Castro (2), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele.
Dortmund got in front in the 19th minute when Castro finished from close range after a mix-up inside the Man United box.
The Germans doubled their lead in the 36th minute and this time it was Gabon international Aubameyang who scored from the penalty spot after Valencia had clumsily handled inside the box.
Aubameyang pressed hard for another goal to his name and he came close to making it 3-0 late in the first period after catching out Jones inside the box, but Johnstone was on hand to make a smart save.
Expectedly, Mourinho made as much as four changes at the interval and among those was Marcus Rashford, who was initially not expected to feature due to his involvement with England at the European Championships in France.
Despite the new life brought by the United new boys, it was Dortmund that scored the game’s third goal in the 58th minute when Dembele showed excellent feet outside the Man United box before finishing past substitute stopper Sergio Romero, who got nowhere near the strike.
Finally, United found a way through as Juan Mata set up Mkhitaryan and the midfielder tapped into an empty net against his former club to score his first goal for the Red Devils in his second appearance.
Mikel Merino came close to scoring a fourth for Dortmund 15 minutes from time when he closed on a loose ball inside the box, but Mata came from nowhere to poke behind for a corner.
The bad day for United turned worse as Castro did make it four in the 86th minute with a brilliant strike from distance.
Man United will next face city rivals Manchester City in Beijing on Monday, while Dortmund will take on Man City in their next pre-season clash on July 28.