MATCH REPORT: Hannover 96 3-4 United

The DHL World Tour was wrapped up in typical United fashion. We found ourselves 3-1 down with just 20 minutes to play, and after a superb fightback we came out winning the game 4-3, Rooney, Kagawa and Tom Cleverley the pick of the players.

Starting XI

Lindegaard; M. Keane, Vidic, Carrick, Evra; Young, Cleverley, Kagawa, Young; Rooney, Hernandez

Subs

De Gea, Ferdinand, Anderson, Bebe, Brady, Giggs, Valencia, Berbatov

The game started at a blistering pace, with both sides attacking with real menace. However the home side struck first, an awful bit of goalkeeping from Anders Lindegaard allowed Artur Sobiech to tap in from close range. However it wasn’t long before United levelled the score, Rooney drilled the ball across Hannover’s keeper, who pushed the ball straight to the feet of Javier Hernandez, who coolly slotted home to equalise.

The second half was more of the same, Hannover certainly started the brighter and found themselves in front again, Karim Haggui came on as a second half substitute and made an instant impact, Michael Keane and Michael Carrick were all at sea and Haggui snuck in between them and poked home. They doubled their advantage 15 minutes later, a beautiful back-heeled finish from Abdellaoue from inside the penalty box made it 3-1 with 25 minutes left to play.

As we’ve seen so many times before, United are never beaten until the final whistle. Wayne Rooney, who has looked rusty all summer long scored a beautiful free-kick from 25-yards to make it 3-2 with just over 20 minutes left to play. A debatable penalty decision after Rooney went down in the area gave United a chance to level. After the shambles from the spot against Barcelona, it was anyones guess as to whether we’d score or not. However Rooney stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, making it 3-3, doubling the amount of goals we’d scored all tour.

Then came my moment of the tour, new-boy Shinji Kagawa fired home with 5 minutes to play. He and Rooney linked up excellently to send the Japan international through on goal, he then lashed the ball into the right hand side of the net, Kagawa certainly looks like a player who opposition defences will fear going into the new season.

Man of the Match

Tom Cleverley: The midfielder played excellently throughout, he linked up play excellently and wasn’t afraid to put a tackle in. His pre-season form certainly bodes well as we head into the new season.

Roll on Goodison Park come the 20th August!


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