Updated: 12/08/2012 16:24 | By pa.press.net

Rooney nets brace in United win

Wayne Rooney netted twice against Hannover

Wayne Rooney netted twice against Hannover

Manchester United completed their pre-season preparations by edging a seven-goal thriller against Hannover in Germany.

Wayne Rooney scored twice - one a free-kick and the other a penalty - and new recruit Shinji Kagawa netted the winner as the Red Devils came back from 1-0 and 3-1 down to win.

The win sets United up nicely as they seek to wrest back the Barclays Premier League title from Manchester City. United take on Everton a week on Monday in their first league fixture.

United created the first decent opening as Nani crossed from the right but Javier Hernandez could not apply a touch to finish the move. Michael Keane then contrived to miss an easy chance as Kagawa's cross initially fell to Hernandez, who fluffed it, and Keane panicked and scrambled the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

Keane was presented with another great chance but scuffed wide after Nani's effort had been charged down by Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. Hannover seized on those two let-offs to take the lead as United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard could only parry Jan Schlaudraff's long-range strike and Artur Sobiech pounced on the rebound.

Kagawa's effort from the edge of the area was then tipped over by Zieler but United pulled level just after the half-hour mark. Rooney's shot from a Nani cutback was parried by Zieler but fell at the feet of Hernandez close to goal, and the Mexican made no mistake.

Lindegaard did well to tip wide a low shot towards his bottom right-hand corner by Konstantin Rausch and Zieler then produced a smart stop to deny Tom Cleverley after the Great Britain Olympian burst into the box.

Hannover restored their lead early in the second half as Christian Pander slung in a cross from the left and substitute defender Karim Haggui headed home from close range. Zieler then did well to divert a Hernandez shot wide with his body after the Mexican was played in by Rooney but the German side moved two goals ahead through a sublime goal.

Lars Stindl crossed from the right and Norway international Mohamed Abdellaoue produced an exquisite flick that gave Lindegaard no chance. Rooney quickly reduced the deficit with a curling, dipping right-foot free-kick but Lindegaard did well to hold on to a sweetly-struck Pander volley from long range.

United pulled level when Zieler fouled Rooney in the box and the England striker got back on his feet to tuck away the penalty and make it 3-3, and Kagawa completed a remarkable comeback with an angled finish after Rooney nodded the ball into his path.

12/08/2012 00:47

was the best game of the tour,  since the barca game was 0-0.

not enough goal in the other games though.


bring on the season, and lets get scoring. :)

12/08/2012 18:13
watched the charity sheild game today, and was disgusted that 2 teams like chelsea and man city could not muster enough fans to fill villa park 42,600
12/08/2012 11:39
A good result in an exciting game. It's nice to know the freindlies are done, bring on the Premier league, we will show you exactly what we are made of - champions!
i see mr kebab man is back on the man u posts, he loves utd more than his beloved kebabs......ahhhhhhhh bless.
12/08/2012 10:31

I don't think he has a kebab shop, It's just a far off dream.............

Anyway he doesn't have time to sell kebabs, he's too busy trawling through Utd posts to make another inane comment.

12/08/2012 19:00
12/08/2012 19:03
man united will win the premior next season. city are crap..
12/08/2012 08:16
Having seen the game I'd recommend the keeper - maybe it was just a one off but shop stopping; awareness etc; only let down was he was a bit naiive in thinking that taking on Rooney in the box would result in anything else other than a goal or a penalty
12/08/2012 20:07
is it my imagination or is rooney getting uglier??
12/08/2012 21:30
Pay the money for RVP and stop muckin about, its peanuts for the goals he would give us to regain our title.
12/08/2012 22:50
Ferguson will keep the team together and can see utd going for the title this year, I think kagawa will be a hit he has everything for potential, utd needed someone to drive in the box that ronaldo use to do. Utd have a exposed defence though they won't win the champions league I don't think but as usual will be there or thereabouts. Time for young and Valencia to fulfil there price tag been three years now.
13/08/2012 10:49
I love football, i cant abide duckin, diving, thuggery or primadona's who are tired have to many other earning fields and who dont respect the supporters

Scrapped a win.

But Everton is waiting on Monday.

That will be against a real team. So its looking bad and sad for the first game of the season

12/08/2012 18:26
mind you tim, if it had been man,u playing there would of been less, as we dont sell prawn sandwiches,,,,ha ha
12/08/2012 23:40
Nice to see Rooney turns up fit for this when once again he couldn't be bothered for his country, preferring to laze around a pool in preparation. Hope he never plays for England again.
12/08/2012 17:42

Scrapped a win.

But everton is waiting on monday.

That will be against a real team . So its looking bad and sad for the first game of the season


12/08/2012 18:11

just back from the community shield ,great day out ,i pity poor man u though city have taken their last piece silverware off them,,,,again

12/08/2012 09:41
Football bah! Rooney and Co. Over paid and sadly British. Can't play for their country and looked like a pub team after a heavy night out.
Its time to get behind the real sportsmen and women of the UK


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