United boss lauds hat-trick hero and top stopper

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Sir Alex Ferguson praised the efforts of young goalkeeper Ben Amos and Wayne Rooney, as Manchester United stormed to a 7-0 win against Seattle in their USA pre-season tour.

The goals just didn’t stop for United, with Michael Owen (15), Ji Sung-Park (71), Mame Biram Diouf (49), Gabriel Obertan (88) finding the net, and Rooney (51, 69, 72) scoring a hat-trick in 20 minutes in the second half.

But Ferguson insisted that the game was a lot closer than the score line would suggest, with Amos, who came on in the second half for Anders Lindegaard, making some important saves.

"I don't think the scoreline reflected the chances in the match," Ferguson said. "In the first half, Sounders had two or three good chances and Anders, our goalkeeper, made two great saves.

"There was nothing really in it in the first half. The killer goal was the second one [Mame Biram Diouf's] on the counter-attack. It opened up the game for us.

"Despite that, our young goalkeeper, Ben Amos, had to make three fantastic saves in the second half. The Sounders could have scored a few goals. It was a strange game."

Rooney, who had some problems with form last season after his return from the World Cup, was on fire, and his hat-trick is no doubt the perfect way for the 25-year-old to begin the season.

Ferguson added: "It was nice for Wayne to score three. Three goals is a nice start to the season for Wayne. He’s worked hard and done well in training. I’m pleased for him and I’m pleased for all the scorers."

United now face Chicago Fire and the MLS All Stars over the next week, and the tour will conclude with a Champions League re-match with Barcelona.

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