Chicago Fire 1-3 Manchester United

Wayne Rooney

Chicago Fire 1-3 Manchester United

United performed well in a tough challenge posed by Chicago Fire and the intensely hot conditions at the Soldier Field.

Man United’s squad was a much younger side, many of whom were playing in their first game of the pre-season, including debutants Phil Jones and David De Gea.

The team seemed to struggle with the heat quite visibly.

United made five changes at half time, with Rooney, Park, Giggs, Anderson and Evans coming on to replace Berbatov, Diouf, Cleverley, Carrick and Fabio coming off.

The changes made a big difference, with the players coming on boasting much more match fitness than those leaving.

As the second half wore on, United’s performance steadily improved. Rio Ferdinand, Nani and Macheda all came on. 

Slowly United started to create chances.

Rooney’s long range strike hit home, and Nani followed suit shortly after.

The breakthrough came in the 66th minute though, when a fantastically skilful ball from Rio Ferdinand set Wayne Rooney up, who finished with an amazing lob.

Rafael scored only 44 seconds after coming on in the 75th minute.

Nani shot from a ridiculous angle, between the keepers legs to make it 2-1.

The third goal came courtesy of Nani  in the 82nd minute.

Chicago led the game for three quarters of the 90 minutes – until United’s  more experienced, fitter contingent of the squad took to the field,

The win made it three in three on United’s US Tour 2011.

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