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Wayne Rooney marked his return to action by scoring the opening goal in a narrow win over Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose.

The England striker converted from close range after beating the hosts' offside trap just after half-time.

Chris Swailes levelled almost immediately for Brian Horton's side, but United eventually won courtesy of Fraizer Campbell's acrobatic 71st-minute header.

Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar all completed at least 45 minutes in a useful, competitive run-out against the Silkmen.

Former United Reserves keeper Tommy Lee, released this summer, thwarted United throughout the first half with some fantastic saves.

Rooney was denied twice, but easily the best save was reserved for a close-range Paul McShane header, which was somehow clawed away from virtually on the goal-line.

United did move ahead just after half-time, as substitute Ritchie Jones saw his shot diverted in by a clever flick from Rooney.

Swailes drew the hosts level just two minutes later, firing in from close range via a deflection off Darron Gibson.

United kept pressing, none more than Giuseppe Rossi, who was within inches of scoring time and again but remains without a pre-season goal to his name.

The winner came with just under 20 minutes remaining. Lee Martin's left-wing free-kick was brilliantly headed in by Fraizer Campbell, who twisted in mid-air to convert from close range.

The evening's only downside came as David Jones was taken to hospital with a potentially serious arm injury.
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