Manchester United 3-2 Roma: Wayne Rooney brace secures win

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney produced another impressive pre-season display in a 3-2 win over AS Roma at the Sports Authority Field.

The England forward bagged a first-half brace for the Red Devils, with Juan Mata's goal coming in-between the strikes to make it a commanding three-goal lead at the interval.

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That's how it stayed for 75 minutes before goals from Miralem Pjanic and Francesco Totti made things interesting late on - but Louis van Gaal's side held on for a second consecutive tour victory.

Van Gaal gave Tom Cleverley the captain's armband, whilst youngsters Tyler Blackett and Reece James both started in a 3-4-1-2 formation that included both Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.

Early nerves

After a couple of nervous moments early on, most notably when goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was lobbed inside two minutes as the ball bounced agonisingly over the bar, the Premier League side started to create chances.

Danny Welbeck's cut back to Rooney was cut out on 17 minutes, but he would not be denied later in the half as a moment of magic put his side in-front. Picking the ball up from Mata, he curled the ball into the top-left corner from just outside the box.

Rooney opener

The Spaniard then doubled the Manchester United lead on 39 minutes, and this time it was Rooney who provided the assist for his teammate, who calmly chipped over the keeper to make it 2-0.

Just before the interval, Welbeck was felled in the box by Urby Emanuelson after a fine run from Phil Jones, and Rooney sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to triple the advantage at the break.

Big changes

Van Gaal made nine substitutions at half-time, with Luke Shaw, Luis Nani and Shinji Kagawa among those to be introduced for the Old Trafford outfit.

Skipper Cleverley would also make way after 70 minutes, and after his exit the Serie 'A' outfit capitalised with a couple of goals. The first from Pjanic was spectacular, beating substitute keeper Ben Amos from 60-yards with a Beckham-esque effort.

Pjanic stunner

A Michael Keane handball gave Totti the chance to pull another one back from the spot on 89 minutes, but it wasn't enough and Manchester United held on for the victory in-front of almost 55,000 fans.

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