KAG BAGS FIRST GOAL ... Shinji Kagawa opens his account for Manchester United
It proved to be enough to grab the win against a second-string Shanghai outfit, who lined up without former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba at the Shanghai Stadium.
United boss Alex Ferguson said: “I was very pleased with the way we played very well in the second half.
“In the first half we had a lot of possession but lacked penetration and speed of play.
“It’s been a great workout, they were very well organised. They weren’t easy to play against.”
United had the first chance of the game after 25 minutes when Anderson chipped a through ball to new arrival Nick Powell, who controlled well before scuffing a shot wide.
The hosts drew the first save from either goalkeeper as Joel Griffiths broke through the middle before forcing a smart stop from Anders Lindegaard.
Kagawa, playing just behind a lone striker, was a thorn in the side of the hosts throughout.
The tricky ace showed some neat footwork to break free before sliding in Federico Macheda, who could not beat Shengjiong Qiu from inside the area.
United started to dominate and substitute Bebe — who was shipped out on loan to Besiktas last season — fired hard and low to force a good save from Qiu.
Alex Ferguson's men finally took the lead when Bebe beat his man with ease on the left before playing in Kagawa, whose effort deflected past Qiu to win the game.