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Rooney stars in Man United win

Denver: Wayne Rooney scored twice and Juan Mata added another goal to lift Manchester United to a 3-2 friendly victory over AS Roma on Saturday.

The triumph continued the winning start to new manager Louis van Gaal’s tenure, which opened with a 7-0 trouncing of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the opening match of United’s North American pre-season tour on Wednesday.

The going was tougher against the Serie A side, but while Roma was in control early in the first half it was Rooney who opened the scoring in the 36th minute, taking a pass from Mata 25 yards out, turning and firing into the top corner of the net.

Two minutes later, Rooney set up Mata for a fine second goal, and Rooney made it 3-0 with a penalty in first-half stoppage time after Roma newcomer Urby Emanuelson had upended Danny Welbeck.

Miralem Pjanic pulled one back for Roma in spectacular style in the 75th, unleashing a lob from his own half that arched over helpless United substitute keeper Ben Amos.

Francesco Totti converted a penalty in the 89th to make for an action-filled finish. The 3-4-1-2 formation implemented by Van Gaal was again effective and United played with energy despite the heat and high altitude.

Bale put Real Madrid ahead in the 10th minute, powering through midfield with the ball and hammering a shot from 30 yards into the top corner.

Inter equalised in the 68th after Nemanja Vidic was pushed in the area by Ruben Sobrino and Icardi chipped his shot from the spot over Jesus Fernandez. In the shoot-out, Icardi ensured victory with the final penalty. (agencies)