- Associated Press - Saturday, July 23, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) - Once again, Manchester United used a second-half surge to overwhelm a Major League Soccer opponent.

Trailing by a goal to the Chicago Fire at halftime, United got goals from Wayne Rooney, Rafael da Silva and Nani, rallying for a 3-1 victory in an exhibition match at Soldier Field on Saturday.

Playing in sweltering heat and humidity, United manager Alex Ferguson liked the way his team responded when they went down by a goal.

“It requires good patience, and we showed the patience,” Ferguson said. “We don’t panic being down, we just play our game.”

A crowd of 61,308 saw the preseason debut for new United goalkeeper David de Gea, who allowed an early goal on a header by Chicago’s Cory Gibbs in the 13th minute. But De Gea recovered to make some nice saves in his first action with his new team.

Ferguson said he initially thought De Gea was at fault on Chicago’s goal, but changed his mind after seeing a replay.

“When I saw it again, he had absolutely no chance,” Ferguson said.

United midfielder Ji-Sung Park said the heat was a challenge for players on both sides.

“When it’s hot, it’s always difficult,” Park said. “But we played our style, and we won. It was a pretty good match.”

Trailing at halftime after being turned away several times by Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson, United brought on some of its top players as substitutes to start the second half _ including Rooney, one of the world’s top players.

Rooney showed his ability to create an instant scoring chance when he chipped the ball over backup Fire goalkeeper Jon Conway, a second-half substitute, to tie the game in the 66th minute.

Then da Silva dribbled through the defense and used his left foot to flip the ball past Conway in the 75th minute. Nani sealed the victory with a goal in the 82nd minute.

While Chicago missed on a few chances to extend its lead, Fire interim coach Frank Klopas scoffed at the idea that his team let one get away.

“No,” Klopas said. “Come on, guys, you’ve got to understand what we’re playing against. We put up a very good challenge. For me, more than anything, we made the game competitive.”

With temperatures in the 90s and oppressively high humidity in Chicago, Ferguson went with a young starting lineup _ and it showed early on, as United’s defense looked shaky at times and the Fire exploited it to take the lead in the first half.

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