Man United rally for 3-1 friendly win over Liverpool
By Simon Evans
MIAMI (Reuters) - Second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United a morale boosting 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the pre-season International Champions Cup in Miami on Monday.
United end their U.S. tour unbeaten under new manager Louis van Gaal and a victory over their old rivals was perhaps the sweetest way to sign off. They will now return to England to finish off preparations for the new Premier League season, which starts on Aug. 16.
Despite the win, Dutchman Van Gaal was in no mood to go overboard about his team's pre-season, which also included a 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid on Saturday.
Asked what the value of the tournament win was, Van Gaal said: "Nothing. It's nice, nice for the fans in the U.S. and also at home, that we have beaten Liverpool, not our favorite opponents for United fans, and I think we have given a lot of pleasure to these fans and that is important.
"Of course it is better to win preparation games than to lose but the most important game is against Swansea City, our first game, at home, in the Premier League - that we have to win," he added.
Both managers went with their strongest possible teams for the game, played in front of 51,000 fans at a rainy Sun Life stadium in Miami.
Liverpool began brightly and took the lead in the 14th minute when the lively Raheem Sterling was brought down in the area by United defender Phil Jones and skipper Steven Gerrard drilled home the penalty.
The Merseyside team should have doubled their advantage shortly after half-time but Rickie Lambert fluffed his shot after finding space inside the area. Continued...