Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Captain Rooney leads United to win over Liverpool

International Champions Cup final, Sun Life Stadium, Miami - Manchester United 3 (Rooney 55, Mata 57, Lingard 88) Liverpool 1 (Gerrard 14 pen)

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney rewarded the faith placed in him by his manager after scoring in a 3-1 comeback win over Liverpool in the final of the International Champions Cup in Miami.

Darren Fletcher, who has captained United three times on the club's US tour this summer, was in the starting line-up at Sun Life Stadium but Rooney led United out for the first time in the Louis van Gaal era.

With Robin van Persie, again missing tonight, unlikely to prove his match fitness ahead of United's Premier League opener against Swansea, Rooney now appears a good bet to be given the skipper's armband on August 14.

Rooney's opposite number Steven Gerrard, never one to go missing against Liverpool's arch rivals, typically led his team by example, coolly sending David De Gea the wrong way from the spot to open the scoring on 14 minutes after Phil Jones had clumsily and recklessly sent the dangerous Raheem Sterling sprawling in the penalty area.

Liverpool should have had a second penalty after Raheem Sterling was upended by Ander Herrera on 33 minutes, but Rooney hit back for United 10 minutes after the break, cleverly sidefooting on the volley a deep Javier Hernandez cross back past Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal.

The match was then turned on its head when Juan Mata made it two in as many minutes, the Spaniard's effort from the edge of the box taking a deflection off Mamadou Sakho to leave Mignolet rooted to the spot.

Jesse Lingard, one of many to enter the fray in the second half, sealed victory in the 88th minute, controlling Ashley Young's centre before firing into the back of the net and ensuring Van Gaal picked up his first piece of silverware at the first time of asking as United manager. -- Eurosport

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