Wayne Rooney has expressed his delight at what has been an impressive pre-season tour of the United States for Manchester United, which ended in a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the final of the International Champions Cup in Miami.
Manchester United, now under the guidance of former Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal, have looked sharp during a successful pre-season stint in the US, which sees them return home unbeaten and in in a very confident mindset ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
For the United squad it was an opportunity to step up and impress new manager Van Gaal, and it has to be said most of the players have embraced the opportunity, however none more so than England international Wayne Rooney.
The striker, capped on 95-occasions by his country, has put England's dismal World cup campaign behind him in spectacular style during the US trip, with a series of performances that will delight not only the new management at the club but also the United faithful.
Rooney has been at the heart of all that has been outstanding about United during their unbeaten five match tour, with the player himself finding the back of the net five-times in as many games, including one in the final last night against the old enemy Liverpool.
Despite Van Gaal claiming that the tour to the US was not part of his agenda for the future, it has been a thoroughly good workout for United, with Rooney in particular benefiting from one of his best pre-seasons in years.
Rooney looks extremely fit which has translated into some sublime form on the pitch, and his desire to impress Van Gaal in the capacity of captain has also not gone unnoticed after he led the side to their first trophy of the new season in the International Champions Cup.
After their impressive win, the United star expressed his delight through his Facebook page with the way preparations have unfolded and was also keen to thank soccer fans in the US for all the support.
"Great to win the final last night and to get our first trophy of the season!" Rooney said.
"Thanks to everyone in America who has supported us and made it a brilliant pre-season!" he added.
United on form
United have looked pretty good on their way to victories over LA Galaxy, Inter Milan, Roma, Real Madrid and finally Liverpool, with Rooney himself, one of the standout players, his efforts being rewarded with the Player of the Tournament accolade.
Last night in Miami, United didn't have things their own way after having to come from behind to defeat Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard scoring second-half goals to keep their unbeaten record intact.
Liverpool took the lead in the 14th minute after Phil Jones brought down Raheem Sterling in the box, Steven Gerrard converting from the spot.
David de Gea kept United in the game when he denied Coutinho, while Liverpool could have gone two-up after Sterling was brought down in the box again, this time by Herrera, although the offence went unpunished.
All of Wayne Rooney's pre-season goals
It took until the 55th minute before Rooney finally got matters back on level terms while Mata put United ahead barely two minutes later.
Rooney had a second goal disallowed a few minutes later, however Lingard ensured United's first piece of silverware for the new season when he scored from 18 yards out to finish off Brendan Rodgers team.
United have one more opportunity to impress Van Gaal ahead of their opening Premier League clash against Swansea on the 16 August, when they take on Valencia next week.