Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the pre-season as Joao Felix’s late strike secured a 1-0 victory for Atletico Madrid in Oslo.
It was a fiery encounter and a pleasant solely in title, with United midfielder Fred despatched off within the closing levels for a second bookable offense moments after Felix’s ferocious strike broke the impasse.
With one week till United’s first Premier League recreation of the season, Erik Ten Hag chosen a group that’s prone to begin towards Brighton subsequent Sunday – reside on Sky Sports – however was with out Jadon Sancho resulting from sickness.
Man Utd group vs Atletico Madrid
Starting XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Malacia, Fred, McTominay, Elanga, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial. Subs: Heaton, Kovar, Telles Laird, Martinez, Eriksen, Garner, Pellistri, Van de Beek.
Atletico Madrid, a couple of weeks behind of their pre-season preparations, made a raft of modifications halfway by the second half, to deliver on Felix, Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Koke, Rodrigo de Paul and Saul. It was finally this injection of high quality which turned the sport for the Spanish side.
Christian Eriksen made his debut off the bench and offered a couple of harmful moments for United, together with a nook which noticed Harry Maguire miss a free header from close-range simply 5 minutes earlier than Felix’s winner.
There can be an opportunity, probably, for Eriksen and some different gamers who didn’t begin on Saturday, to play in United’s closing pre-season pleasant towards Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Ten Hag, the United supervisor, stated those that began is not going to characteristic towards Ray Vallecano, however stated “there are gamers who got here on that may begin tomorrow”.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who this week reiterated his want to depart United, appeared to substantiate that he can be taking part in in that recreation on social media on Friday night time, saying: “Sunday, the King performs”.
The 37-year-old ahead was coaching with the remainder of the United squad – largely the youthful gamers – who remained behind at Carrington on Saturday and posted an image from the session on his social media, with the caption: “Working in progress” .
United’s different new signing, Lisandro Martinez, was an unused substitute and is anticipated to characteristic towards Rayo Vallecano.
Ten Hag ‘not happy’ after Atletico defeat
Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag chatting with MUTV:
“I believe it was a troublesome exercise and I believe we contributed rather well. I believe the efficiency from our group was actually good.
“In the top it is in regards to the outcome, and the rating was not good. You should take advantages when you create probabilities. I believe we created many probabilities, to provide a minimum of one objective – that time, I’m not happy. I’ve advised the group it’s not acceptable.
“I like competitiveness, however with respect. I do not need to have accidents as effectively. That’s why you must maintain respect for one another. I’ve seen some tackles that are perhaps just a little bit over the restrict.”
Sancho’s absence highlights Man Utd’s drawback space
Sancho’s type in pre-season has been one of the vital promising takeaways for United this summer season, however his absence towards Atlético laid naked the dearth of attacking depth they’ve on the right-hand side.
Anthony Elanga, who’s extra snug on the left, crammed in for the 22-year-old however had a quiet afternoon and was bullied by Atletico, receiving some heavy challenges on a number of events.
United, as a outcome, have been as soon as once more lopsided, with most of their assaults coming down the left, which finally made Atlético’s job of holding them out that rather more easy.
There have been half probabilities for Rashford and Martial within the first half, however Oblak was readily available to cease the England worldwide’s near-post effort and the Frenchman fired over beneath stress when by on objective.
Rashford and Elanga proceed to point out they’re unconvincing on the proper, which leaves United needing one other ahead to share the workload with Sancho.
United’s pursuit of Ajax ahead Anthony reportedly took a blow this week as the Dutch membership upped their valuation of the winger to €100m.
With simply over a month to go, Ten Hag can be involved by the sluggish nature of their enterprise to this point with loads of drawback areas to fill. The proper of assault is definitely amongst them.
Eriksen excites in Man Utd debut cameo
Eriksen got here on to rapturous applause from the United-dominated crowd in Oslo as he made his debut for his new membership.
Despite getting into the fray with solely 20 minutes to play, Eriksen oozed class and demonstrated simply why Ten Hag fought so arduous to deliver him to Old Trafford.
The Denmark worldwide was working in a central position alongside substitute Donny van De Beek, with Fred the anchor within the midfield.
Almost instantly, Eriksen delivered a cross into the field which highlighted the dearth of leading edge United had proven up till that stage, with Rashford narrowly failing to attach with what would have been a sure-fire objective.
The Dane nearly created the spark to interrupt the impasse with quarter-hour to go as his nook discovered Maguire free in the course of the penalty space, just for his captain to overlook the goal with what was United’s greatest probability of the sport.
Eriksen’s performances in Oslo and in coaching have impressed his teammate, Elanga, who stated: “You can see it even in coaching, simply his little touches and the way in which he scans across the pitch.
“He’s a prime participant to work with and you’ll see his qualities on the pitch, I’m certain this season the followers will see increasingly of him.”
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