DENVER (AP) — Louis van Gaal was happy his Manchester United team got the win. He was not as happy about his team's play — or the conditions.
Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up Juan Mata's goal in Manchester United's 3-2 victory over AS Roma on Saturday in the International Champions Cup.
The game was played with temperatures in the mid-80s and a mile above sea level, which van Gaal considered problematic.
"I think we don't play a good match because of the height of the stadium maybe. The air," he said. "It's not likely that it is normal.
"America has a top sports climate. But then you have to play football at the right time. I'm sorry to say that. Because there were 55,000 people to watch us. We can perform much better."
Manchester United was coming off a 7-0 exhibition victory over Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl and nearly had another shutout at Sports Authority Field. That was spoiled on Miralem Pjanic's highlight-reel goal in the 75th minute.
"I trained yesterday for this goal today," Pjanic said.
Marco Borriello also scored for AS Roma, which carried the play early before Manchester United took control late in the first half behind Mata and Rooney.
In the 36th minute, Mata fed Rooney at the top of the box and he dribbled to his right before curling a shot over the outstretched fingers of goalkeeper Lukasz Korupski and into the top left corner of the net.
Right after Mata missed on a close-in chance, he capitalized on another in the 39th minute. Rooney lofted a pass from midfield that Mata corralled in the box and chipped over Korupski.
"Rooney did it with his brain," van Gaal said of the pass. "And Mata was running with his brain at the right moment."
Rooney made it 3-0 on a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time.
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