Manchester United 3-2 AS Roma Manchester United continued their winning start to Louis van Gaal’s reign with their second victory of their US Tour.
GCLUB, Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up the other for Juan Mata as the Red Devils struck three first-half goals against Roma in front of 54,000 supporters in Denver.
Rooney opened the scoring on 36 minutes with a 20-yard strike as United rattled off three goals before half-time, with Mata lobbed the second after a raking pass from Rooney, who then scored a stoppage-time penalty.
Mata applied a deft lob to a raking pass from England striker Rooney, who then scored a stoppage-time penalty following a foul on Danny Welbeck by Mehdi Benatia.
The Serie A side rallied in the second half with Francesco Totti adding an 89th-minute penalty awarded for a handball by Michael Keane, GCLUB to an astonishing 75th-minute strike from inside his own half by Miralem Pjanic, but United, who made a raft of half-time substitutions held on for the win.
“In the second half we forgot to keep the ball,” Van Gaal told www.manutd.com. “When you are 3-0 ahead, the only thing you have to do is keep the ball in possession and the opponent has to run and run and run. We forgot to do that. We brought Roma back into the match.”
Man United: Sam Johnstone (Ben Amos, 46); Phil Jones (Michael Keane, 46), Jonny Evans (Chris Smalling, 46), Tyler Blackett; Antonio Valencia (Ashley Young, 46), Tom Cleverley (Javier Hernandez, 70), Ander Herrera (Shinji Kagawa, 46), Reece James (Luke Shaw, 46); Danny Welbeck (Will Keane, 46), Juan Mata (Jesse Lingard, 46), Wayne Rooney (Nani, 46). Subs not used: David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Darren Fletcher, Wilfried Zaha.
Goals: Rooney 2, Mata