himself to his right to tip the striker's low effort around the post. Rooney glanced a superb Young cross past the post with United's final attempt of the half, but Ahmed Suleiman's header inched past Lindegaard's upright in injury-time as the interval arrived with the scoreline blank.
The deadlock might have been broken in the 50th minute, but Rooney couldn't get the requisite power or purchase on Nani's cross, and the striker's header drifted harmlessly over the bar. Fellah headed just wide from a similar position for the hosts, before Shinji Kagawa and Anderson were introduced at the expense of Welbeck and Vidic.
Both substitutes had a quick impact on play. Anderson's free-kick was well fielded by substitute goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld, before neat approach play from Kagawa culminated in Nani blasting over the bar. The hosts retained a threat, however, and Chuma Anene came close twice in quick succession; firstly as his shot was deflected wide by Michael Carrick, then secondly as his header was dramatically cleared off the line by Rooney.
It was always United who looked most likely to break the deadlock, however, and Valencia's drilled cross-shot came agonisingly close to putting the visitors ahead. That miss heralded another trio of changes, with Rooney, Scholes and Young making way for Chicharito, Jesse Lingard and Nick Powell. The little Mexican striker was inches away from turning in a late winner when Nani and Kagawa combined superbly, but Chicharito