Can Louis Van Gaal be the man to make Wayne Rooney a player to be feared to play against once again?

He has already shown promise of the menacing attacking younger Rooney with four goals in the two friendly matches so far, two against LA Galaxy followed by two against Roma in Denver.

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But this time with a more controlled approach to his game with the assist for Manchester United's second goal of the game scored by Juan Mata. 

Fine form

Rooney's first goal of the evening was scored against the run of play with Roma having the vast majority of attacking threat, having five shots before Manchester United managed one.

The stage seemed to be set for Rooney to put the shooting practice he had received from Van Gaal to good use by scoring a beautiful lobbed goal into the top left corner from outside the box.

Encouraging signs

This seemed to ignite a more intense Manchester United team for the remainder of the first half with Rooney then turning provider with a perfectly weighted pass from his own half to the boot of Mata who in turn brought the ball down excellently and finished with just a little help of the post. 

Rooney's second and United's third goal came courtesy of the penalty spot, however was taken with a confidence and determination that has been missing somewhat in past performances. 

LVG impact

With the arrival of Van Gaal at Manchester United and his desire to play two strikers to make the most of of his 'unbalanced' squad, could we see Rooney thriving alongside Robin van Persie?

An image and memory that seems to of been reserved to the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

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