Irish pitch invader receives a spine-crunching double rugby tackle at Man United v LA Galaxy

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Manchester United began their American pre-season tour with a one-sided 7-0 demolition of MLS outfit LA Galaxy.

At the end of the match, a pitch invader was briefly spotted on TV getting taken out by securitys, and now the story behind the lad, and fan footage of what actually happened, has come out.

The pitch invader was Irish student Matthew Costigan, who was in the US on a summer programme. Costigan was living with 13 mates in a house in Los Angeles. 

After the game, Costigan, wearing all white, ran onto the pitch, kicked a football and shook Man United’s Reece James’ hand, before he was on the receiving end of a spine-crunching double rugby tackle by security.

The Irishman was hit so hard, fans in the crowd audibly yelped at what they witnessed.

See the footage below.