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Rooney and Mata on the mark as Man United beat Liverpool in Miami

Louis Van Gaal’s side ended their US pre-season tour on a high.

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MANCHESTER UNITED ENDED their US pre-season tour on a high note last night rallying for a 3-1 triumph over English Premier League rivals Liverpool.

In the final of the International Champions Cup friendly tournament, Louis van Gaal’s men overturned an early Steven Gerrard penalty — the third spot-kick United have conceded on tour — to claim victory through second-half goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool, at the end of their own pre-season tour of the United States, provided easily the biggest test of United’s pre-season so far as the old foes clashed before 51,104 fans at Sun Life Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

United were perhaps less sharp than in their previous matches on the tour, but improved in the second half and head home with five victories from five matches under new manager van Gaal.

Rooney captained Manchester United for the first time on the tour.

And after Gerrard beat David De Gea from the penalty spot in the 14th minute– after Raheem Sterling drew a challenge from Phil Jones, it was Rooney who grabbed the equalizer in the 55th.

Javier Hernandez flew down the right and sent in a cross that Rooney fired past Simon Mignolet.

Two minutes later, Luke Shaw’s pass found Mata, who beat Mignolet with a low shot to put United up 2-1.

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Lingard completed the scoring in the 88th, blasting Young’s pass past Mignolet.

“It’s obviously great to win the game and win the tournament,” Rooney said. “We’ve worked hard in the pre-season. Today in the first half Liverpool wer ethe better team.

“We were poor, we didn’t move the ball quick enough. We knew we had to put that right. The second half we came out and played very well and deserved the win.”

- © AFP, 2014

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