Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial – Home

An 11,000 sheet Mosaic bearing his name, and a Guard of Honor, met Wayne Rooney and his family as he entered the Old Trafford pitch on the night of his Manchester United Testimonial Match. This was United’s final warm-up before the much-anticipated season gets underway on Sunday at Wembley against Leicester City in the annual season kickoff – the FA Community Shield.

The match started off slowly with only a couple of United corners in the first 10  minutes to show for any of the work United did on offense. On the opposite end, Romelu Lukaku had a run and shot on David De Gea’s goal but the ball came straight to the chest of the diving keeper. The first real chance came in the 25th minute as the man of the night, Rooney, put through Zlatan Ibrahimovic who’s left-footed shot was saved by the Everton keeper.

Everton was next to show some attacking intent as some good work by Lukaku outside the United box saw the ball deflect to Ross Barkley for a powerful low shot. The shot was straight at De Gea and the Spanish keeper did his job. United countered and it took a good tackle from Seamus Coleman for a United corner to stop Lingard from taking a shot on goal. The resulting corner came to nothing.

United continued to probe and press Everton and it was the lively Luke Shaw who had United’s next chance as then he received the ball on the left, but his powerful shot was deflected out for a United corner. Rooney and Ibrahimovic combined again and a great ball from Rooney gave the Swede another shot on goal, this time, closer to the keeper, but the shot was smothered well by the Everton keeper. At the opposite end, Lukaku found himself in between United’s defense but couldn’t place his free header on goal to open the scoring. The final attack of the half came from United and went without a goal as the referee’s whistle brought a slow-paced first half to an end.

As he said he would in his pre-match comments, Mourinho made big changes to the United line-up in the second half as he searches for the match fitness for his players. Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Ashley Young came on for United. The match picked up where it left off, as both teams carefully probed for an opening goal. A great fell to the foot of Mirallas but his powerful, close-range shot could only find the side netting.

It was time for Rooney to exit the festivities of his own testimonial, and to a standing ovation and chants of, “Rooney! Rooney! Rooney!”, Manchester United’s captain exited the field and Marcus Rashford took his place. Mkhitaryan was now United’s liveliest player, a part of each positive play from the Red Devils, but no goals came from the Old Trafford side or their opponents. In the 62nd minute, some neat work from Ibrahimovic in midfield helped create a through ball for the big Swede, but the Everton keeper just beating him to the ball to gather safely.

A host of changes for Everton came next and United made a few more as Darmian, Mata, Memphis, and Romero made their way onto the Old Trafford pitch. In the 70th minute, a deep, early cross from Memphis on the left nearly found the head of the oncoming Fellaini but flew narrowly past. Seven minutes later, a good run and cross from Rashford was taken on the chest by Fellaini in the Everton box. His lay-off found Juan Mata, but his shot was blocked out for a corner by Tom Cleverley. Fellaini’s tame header from the resulting corner was on goal but was comfortably saved in the end.

Neither team ever looked like seriously scoring on the night, with United the more positive side at Old Trafford, and so the night ended with a 0-0 scoreline. Rooney rounded off the night by addressing the crowd at Old Trafford thanking them for the terrific support they’ve shown him in his 12 years at Old Trafford and leaving them with the hope that there will be more trophies to come in his remaining time, however long is left for him, at Old Trafford.

Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 65′); Valencia (Darmian 65′), Bailly (Jones 46′), Blind (Mata 65′), Shaw (Rojo 46′); Carrick (Schneiderlin 46′), Herrera (Fellaini 46′); Lingard (Mkhitaryan 46′), Rooney (Rashford 53′), Martial (Young 46′); Ibrahimovic (Memphis 65′)

Substitutes Not Used: Johnstone

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Manchester United: Henderson; Riley (Mitchell 65′), Tuanzebe, Love, Blackett; El Fitouri, Poole, Goss, Willock (Redmond 46′), Harrop; Weir

Substitutes Not Used: O’Hara, Olosunde, Kehinde

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Manchester United: Johnstone; Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Memphis; Wilson

Substitutes: J. Pereira; Blackett, Jones, Tuanzebe, Varela; Januzaj, Mata, A. Pereira, Valencia, Young; Keane


Galatasaray – 2016 Pre-Season – Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s much-anticipated debut didn’t disappoint, but it was a tale of two halves as United turned around a 2-1 halftime deficit with four second-half goals to win 5-2 at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

With Manchester United’s starting lineup containing at least seven or eight players whom one would assume would be starting come next Sunday at Wembley, excitement was high as United kicked off in Sweden against Galatasaray. The name on everyone’s lips at kickoff was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and four minutes in he showed exactly why. Antonio Valencia’s run and cross found Ibrahimovic in the middle of the box for a flying scissor kick that found the back of the net. A fantastic way to start your United career no doubt.

United continued to control the match as a rusty Wayne Rooney saw much of the ball but seemed to only find Galatasaray players with his passes. With Anthony Martial on the left-wing and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right, United finally have the quality and speed needed to make the width of the pitch work in their favour. These two worked tirelessly as United’s preferred front four looked to gel together on the pitch.

With much of the focus at the front, it was United’s backline that still has many questions to answer. With Ibrahimovic giving up a free kick halfway in his own half, Galatasaray made United pay, like last season, from a set piece in the 22nd minute. The free kick came in from Wesley Sneijder and Sinan Gumus was there to head the ball past David De Gea to draw things level.

Galatasaray was now in full control and pressed United’s midfield and backline for more goals. Morgan Schneiderlin looked at home in front of the back line, tackling and cleaning up balls and turning defense into attack as he did so well at Southampton. But it was United’s defense, again, which would be answer less when presented with questions as Bruma played a one-two and slotted the ball past De Gea for Galatasaray’s second goal in the 40th minute and a 2-1 lead.

The backline again giving up goals and a sluggish Rooney were the talking points as the teams headed down the tunnel at halftime.

Jose Mourinho made five changes at the break. Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, and Marcus Rashford came on for Ander Herrera, Schneiderlin, Mkhitaryan, Martial, and Ibrahimovic. United came out of the break the livelier team with Rooney looking refreshed and like the real Rooney. He found Young alone out on the right early, but Young’s cross only found the arms of the goalkeeper.

United’s attack came in waves and it was the Red’s captain who would find the net twice with Rashford at the center of everything happening. Valencia’s one-two with Rashford saw the Ecuadorian cross for Rooney to poach into the net to draw things level at 2-2. And it was Rashford again, this time by himself, earning a penalty as the keeper was forced to trip the young striker and Rooney stepped up to find the net for his second goal and United’s third.

United didn’t back down and continued to flow forward in attack with Valencia rolling the years back on the right-hand side. After some good work through the middle from Rooney, Valencia crossed to the back post for the oncoming Fellaini to loop his header over Muslera and into the back of the Galatasaray net for United’s fourth goal.

With his squad winning 4-2, Mourinho made a host of subs again with De Gea, Eric Bailly, Valencia, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Rooney all leaving the action, and Sergio Romero, Phil Jones, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo come into the fray. Rashford continued to show why he’s the hottest youngster in Europe and Memphis showed flashes of footballer that came from PSV as United played beautiful football. It was Juan Mata who added his name to the scoresheet next after some slick movement outside the box. Mata found Carrick on the right and he returned the ball into the box for Mata to slide past Muslera to make the score 5 -2.

The matched finished without any more flare, but there was more attacking intent and balls played into space than was done for many matches over the past few seasons, and it was exciting to watch.

Goals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 4′, Wayne Rooney 55′, 58′ penalty, Marouane Fellaini 62′, Juan Mata 75′

Assists: Antonio Valencia 4′, 55′, 62′, Michael Carrick 75′

Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 67′); Valencia (Darmian 67′), Bailly (Jones 67′), Blind (Rojo 67′), Shaw (Memphis 67′); Schneiderlin (Carrick 46′), Herrera (Fellaini 46′); Mkhitaryan (Young 46′), Rooney (Mata 67′), Martial (Lingard 46′); Ibrahimovic (Rashford 46′)

Substitutes Not Used: Johnstone

Bookings: Wayne Rooney 51′

Manchester City – 2016 Pre-Season – China


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Goals: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 59′

Assists: Juan Mata 59′

Manchester United: Johnstone (Romero 46′); Valencia (Pereira 75′), Bailly, Jones (Rojo 46′), Shaw; Herrera, Blind (McNair 66′); Mkhitaryan (Januzaj 66′), Mata, Lingard (Young 46′); Memphis (Rashford 46′)

Substitutes Not Used: Tuanzebe; Keane

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