In a somewhat emotional return to Aberdeen for Sir Alex Ferguson, 25 years after winning the UEFA Cup Winners Cup against Real Madrid, United finished 2-0 winners.
Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney were the goalscorers, in a game which featured first teamers Gary Neville, John O’Shea Wes Brown, Nemanja Vidic, Mikael Silvestre, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs. It was also the opportunity for a few from the ranks to have their chance to shine, with the likes of Amos, Simpson, Eagles, Campbell and Gibson getting a game.
All in all, Ferguson found the game “fine”, admitting that as expected, there were no great performances from any of the lads.
The first goal came from a penalty won by Wayne Rooney, after Michael Carrick played through a superb ball through in to the box. Rooney was tripped by the keeper and surprisingly it was Carrick who coolly slotted away the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Rooney came close to doubling the lead on a couple of occasions, which one of his chances curling just wide of the post. Giggsy had a great chance to score with his head after a cross in to the box from Rooney, however the ball came back off the woodwork.
Our second goal came from Rooney following a ball in from Darren Fletcher. Wayne glanced it in to the far corner, another header to his name.
18-year-old Ben Amos was the goalkeeper for the majority of the game, pulling off a few fine saves. He was later substituted for Gary Woods.
O’Shea came on in the second half for Vidic and was later given the captain’s armband when Giggs was replaced by Campbell with an hour played.
The atmosphere was pleasant, with both sets of fans asking for a wave from Fergie, and Giggs being applauded whenever he took a corner.
The jury is still out on the new away kit though…