Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal can celebrate his second win in as many games during his tenure as Manchester United boss, with the Red Devils beating AS Roma 3-2 in their International Champions Cup opener on Saturday.
Louis Van Gaal yet again made more changes, as he got a feel of what his squad is like, and more importantly what position needs new recruits. Johnstone was given an opportunity in goal, whilst youngsters Tyler Blackett and Reece James were also deployed in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
It was Roma who started the best, proving their dominance over a Manchester United side only just getting used to playing in the Louis Van Gaal way.
It was the Italians who made more of a promising start, with starlet Mattia Destro almost catching out Van Gaal's men just minutes into the match. After racing onto a ball over the top of United's disjointed defence, and lobbing goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, it came to no avail with the ball just ending the wrong side of the crossbar.
Leandro Paredes was next to have a chance, with his free-kick deflected over, Alessandro Florenzi forced a save out of Johnstone with a left-footed strike from outside the penalty area after Destro had found space again. Fortunately for Van Gaal, goalkeeper Johnstone was on top form.
Surprisingly, It was Manchester United who took the lead before the break, with wannabe captain Rooney being allowed too much time to line up a strike, which was to be from a sweet 25 yards ending up in the far corner of the net.
The United that had looked vulnerable at the back was no more, and man of the moment Rooney then set up Juan Mata just two minutes later for a superb second goal, a well executed lob. United's 2-0 lead looked impressive, however it was Roma who really deserved the plaudits.
A third goal for United came soon after once again, and it was Wayne Rooney who struck his second and United's third from the penalty spot. Roma new boy Urby Emanuelson upended Danny Welbeck, in first-half stoppage time. United went in with a solid 3-0 lead.
It was the second time the Premier League side scored three goals in the space of 10 minutes at the end of the first half to stun the Serie A side, just as they did against LA Galaxy when they thrashed them 7-0.
A packed crowd inside Sports Authority Field had been treated to two moments of sheer quality from Rooney and Mata for the opening goals, but there was even better to come after the break, with Van Gaal making nine changes the Red Devils were weakened once again.
Roma's Miralem Pjanic, pulled a goal back on the 75th minute, with an audacious lob from inside his own half which was somehow successful, leaving United's substitute goalkeeper Ben Amos embarrassed by all accords. Definitely the goal of the night.
Totti on the spot
Roma veteran Francesco Totti soon pulled another goal back from the penalty spot, with Michael Keane handling inside the box, Totti made on mistake to make the score 3-2.
And that was all, with Roma just running out of time to snatch an equaliser. The final score was 3-2, and United had held on to make it two wins out of two, yet manager Van Gaal afterwards still appeared unimpressed.
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