UK time is: 18:41:26
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 12 2008

Time: 8:00PM

Your Comments

surprised there, I'd have thought his honeymoon might have tired him out all that shagging etc. etc.
merlin
seems like hes got more stamina then you then merlin.
rooneyisgod
merlin, that's a simply unbearable picture! please stop.
RadioactiveD
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
Rooney is going to have a good season , hopefully .
Kimbo
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

United Line-Up Keeper Swap deal? (Sunday November 23 2014)

Should United Make an Exception? (Sunday November 23 2014)

Midfield Swap Being Championed! (Sunday November 23 2014)

Rooney`s Views on Arsenal Win (Sunday November 23 2014)

Shaw Added to Lengthy Injury List (Sunday November 23 2014)

Van Gaal Delighted at Arsenal Win (Sunday November 23 2014)

Stats: Arsenal v Manchester United (Saturday November 22 2014)

Arsenal v United - Team Sheets (Saturday November 22 2014)

And Back to the Subject of Vidal! (Saturday November 22 2014)

Van Persie Set to Leave in the Summer (Saturday November 22 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 68
2. Kanchelskis 56
3. MotorMad 21
4. Red Boy 1
5. portman 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Arsenal 1 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd
Man Utd 1 - 1 Chelsea
WBA 2 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Everton

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 12 10 2 0 19 32
2. Southampton 11 8 1 2 18 25
3. Man City 12 7 3 2 11 24
4. Man Utd 12 5 4 3 4 19
5. Newcastle 12 5 4 3 -1 19
6. West Ham 12 5 3 4 4 18
7. Swansea 12 5 3 4 3 18

Breaking League News

Hull City : 23/11/2014 17:49:00
Crystal Palace : 23/11/2014 17:33:00
Vital Report: Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool
Liverpool : 23/11/2014 16:02:00
The Ped Report...City 2-1 Swansea City
Man City : 23/11/2014 13:50:00
Liverpool: Palace vs. LFC Team News
Liverpool : 23/11/2014 12:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Arsenal?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 84%
Shaw 6%
McNair 0%
Blackett 0%
Smalling 0%
Valencia 0%
Carrick 0%
Fellaini 0%
Rooney 10%
Van Persie 0%
Di Maria 0%
Young 0%
Wilson 0%