Manchester United came from a goal down to keep their 100% US tour record alive with a Wayne Rooney inspired 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire.
Sir Alex Ferguson handed debuts to summer signings Phil Jones and David de Gea with both players and their colleagues struggling in the opening 60 minutes as the Fire took the game to the Premier League Champions.
Despite United starting the opening exchanges it was the Fire who took the lead on 12 minutes old when Corey Gibbs, a former USA international, climbed above Jones to head home Jalil Anibaba’s cross leaving De Gea rooted to the spot.
The goal lifted the Fire and they were unlucky not to increase their lead as Marco Pappa, Patrick Nyarko and Cristian Nazarit all went close.
United fans got the first glimpse of the talents of former Athletico Madrid keeper De Gea on the stroke of half time when he kept out a goal bound effort from Nyarko to take United in to the half break just the one down.
Ferguson make 5 changes at half time with Wayne Rooney coming on for Dimitar Berbatov and the changes had the desired effect.
Rooney soon levelled matters after Smalling had an effort ruled out, the England striker taking Rio Ferdinand’s lofted pass in his stride before lobbing a wonderful effort over Fire keeper Jon Conway.
The goal deflated the Fire and United soon had their noses in front when Rafael, another substitute, scored from a tight angle.
Nani put the gloss on the win with a fine effort 8 minutes from time to set United up nicely for the meeting on Wednesday against the MLS All Stars.
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