Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City: Rooney’s stunner wins it

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  • Rooney scores superb winner
  • Sigurdsson had equalizes
  • United’s first win in nine

Manchester United beat Swansea City 2-1 on Saturday at Old Trafford as Louis Van Gaal‘s recorded their first win in nine games.

Anthony Martial and Gylfi Sigurdsson traded headers before Wayne Rooney delivered a moment of magic to win the game and ease the pressure on the Red Devils.

With the win — their first since Nov. 21 — United move up to fifth on 33 points and Swansea remain managerless and just two points out of the drop zone.

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Ander Herrera burst into the box inside the first 30 second but his shot was blocked as United came flying out of the traps.

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United had another chance as a cross from the right found Rooney at the back post but the skipper sent his show into the side-netting.

Before half time Swansea began to build momentum and Wayne Routledge‘s snapshot forced David De Gea into a smart save, then Juan Mata twice forced Lukasz Fabianski into a low save.

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At the start of the second half United again started brightly with Rooney having a shot deflected just over by Ashley Williams.

Moments later United were ahead as a cross from Ashley Young found Martial and the French youngster headed home as the ball skipped off the surface and into the net. 1-0 to United as a collective sigh of relief rang out around Old Trafford.

Sigurdsson had a shot deflected towards goal which looked to be looping over De Gea but the Spaniard claimed well as Swansea

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Swansea then went close to equalizing as Ayew’s header struck the post and despite Angel Rangel going down in the box with the follow-up, the Spanish full back was booked for diving.

The Swans did grab their equalizer with 20 minutes to go as Modou Barrow clipped in an inviting cross and Sigurdsson sent a deft header into the far corner. 1-1 and the moans and groans grew louder from the home fans at Old Trafford.

However, they were celebrating 10 minutes from time as Martial’s cross found Rooney and he delivered a moment of sheer magic with a clever back heel to get the Red Devils back to winning ways.

There was still time for Williams’ drive to be saved by De Gea and Swansea’s goalkeeper Fabianski headed just wide as he came up for a corner which turned out to be the last effort of the game. Fans of United, you can relax a little now.

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

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Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

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Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.