Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Rooney On Fire Amid Friendly Atmoshpere

Rooney On Fire Amid Friendly Atmoshpere

Sir Alex returned to the scene of his first great triumphs: 25 years after winning the Cup Winners Cup with Aberdeen, beating Real Madrid in the final, the big man returned to Pittodrie with European Champions Manchester United.

The Reds were without their Euro 2008 players: Kuszczak, Nani, Ronaldo, Evra and Van der Sar were all absent from the squad, as was Saha, Anderson, Tevez and Hargreaves. But it was a relatively strong first eleven that took to the field, with Lee Martin and keeper Ben Amos as the only unusual faces.

Gary Neville finally got around to start a game while Wes Brown deputised for Rio Ferdinand alongside Vidic in the centre of the back four. The atmosphere was quite friendly and welcoming: there is no doubt that the supporters of Aberdeen have not forgotten what Sir Alex had done for their club.

Giggs, also in the starting eleven, playing in a central role alongside Rooney, was applauded every time he went to take a corner; nice touch, proper respect to the now record holder. The game itself was a relatively low-key occasion, as it could be expected: neither teams put on a great show but United's superior midfield told as Scholes and Carrick dominated proceedings.

Rooney was dangerous throughout and it was his burst into the box that brought a foul from Aberdeen keeper Langfield - but not before our own young goalie, Amos, made some really good saves to keep the Dons out. Rooney himself also had opportunities before the penalty to give United the lead but it was Carrick who scored the first goal of the pre-season, calmly slotting home the penalty - as he did in Moscow.

The second half of course saw several changes yet United continued to dominate. Giggs hit the bar with a fine header after Rooney's cross and it was the young, now married striker who sealed the win, heading home from 10 yards out after Fletcher's pinpoint cross from the right.

Jonny Evans, Fraizer Campbell (he was particularly impressive I thought), Danny Simpson, Darron Gibson and Chris Eagles all got a run-out and O'Shea got the armband once Giggs had been taken off. In the end, it was a comfortable victory in a friendly stadium: just what we needed at the start of pre-season.

Rooney's performance stood out, just like it did during last summmer - fingers crossed he'll won suffer another metatarsal injury in the opener.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Zae
Date:Saturday July 12 2008
Time: 8:00PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
surprised there, I'd have thought his honeymoon might have tired him out all that shagging etc. etc.
merlin
12/07/2008 20:29:00
0
seems like hes got more stamina then you then merlin.
rooneyisgod
12/07/2008 21:14:00
0
merlin, that's a simply unbearable picture! please stop.
RadioactiveD
12/07/2008 23:19:00
0
I think this is the first time Rooney goes into a Premier League season fully fit and without being involved in a national tournament :) this is a big year for him, IF ronaldo leaves he will shine even more
Reddevils4ever89
12/07/2008 23:37:00
0
Rooney is going to have a good season , hopefully .
Kimbo
16/07/2008 22:14:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

United Transfer Tittle-Tattle (30/04/16)

Continuing our occasional series we have a further two pieces of transfer speculation.

United v Leicester City - Stat Attack

Tomorrow Old Trafford could witness a Premier League winning performance.

United Set to be Party-Poopers

Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday), Old Trafford could witness history being made.

Valdes returns to Old Trafford

It has not been the best of seasons for the former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Manchester United v Leicester City?
Suggested By: Red Boy
United to Win!94%
Leicester City to Win!6%
A Draw!0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 35 22 10 3 76 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Man City 35 19 7 9 64 32
4 Arsenal 35 18 10 7 64 24
5 Man Utd 34 17 8 9 59 12
6 West Ham 34 14 14 6 56 14
7 Liverpool 34 15 10 9 55 13
8 Southampton 35 15 9 11 54 12
9 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
10 Stoke 35 13 8 14 47 -14
11 Everton 34 9 14 11 41 5
12 Watford 34 11 8 15 41 -7
13 WBA 35 10 11 14 41 -11
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -19
15 Swansea 35 10 10 15 40 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 39 -9
17 Sunderland 34 7 10 17 31 -18
18 Norwich 34 8 7 19 31 -25
19 Newcastle 35 7 9 19 30 -26
R Aston Villa 35 3 7 25 16 -44
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

May 1 2016 1:30PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2016 12:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 10 2016 7:45PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.hayourdayle1
2.alvinemz1