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Manchester United beat Roma in style as Van Gaal revolution continues apace

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Manchester United clinched a win over Roma that was a bit simpler than the scoreline suggests, going 3-0 up in the first half before the Italians rallied after United made 9 changes at the break.

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Well, this looks nice, doesn't it? Manchester United were once again victorious in pre-season as they dispatched Roma 3-2, scoring all of their goals in the first half before the Serie A side pulled two back late on.

Wayne Rooney bagged two goals and set up the other, which was finished off nicely by Juan Mata as United's key players put in excellent performances to beat the Italians.

In truth, Roma's high-pressing game had made them the better side for the opening twenty minutes, but that changed when Wayne Rooney struck a fabulous effort to put the Reds ahead. Heading away from goal, the forward spun and lashed in a 25-yard screamer that flew over the head of the goalkeeper and into the far post.

United soon doubled their lead too, as Rooney was once again involved. Dropping into his own half, he turned to play an excellent long ball which was brought down with a magnificent touch by Mata before the Spaniard lobbed the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

And there was to be more punishment to come as Ander Herrera played an excellent through-ball for Danny Welbeck, who was brought down in the area for a penalty. Rooney stepped up and lashed it home to seemingly put United into a guaranteed winning position.

Nine changes were made at half-time which predictably took some of the zip out of United's game, although Van Gaal's men could have had a penalty when Will Keane was brought down in the area after getting the better of Mehdi Benatia.

But without the energy of Herrera and the class of Rooney and Mata, United laboured somewhat in attack. Roma pulled one back when Miralem Pjanic saw Ben Amos off his line and managed to take advantage with an incredible 65-yard lob.

Francesco Totti put away a late penalty after Michael Keane handballed in the box to leave United hanging on, but the win was secured and it was another impressive performance from Van Gaal's men, who are already looking far better than last season.