Manchester United finished their preseason campaign with a 1-1 tie against Rayo Vallecano
1. A cordial greeting.
Before the game, fans in the Old Trafford stand welcomed new home team members Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, and, of course, new coach Erik Ten Hag. Their first match took place at the Theater of Dreams. Furthermore, the fans have a lot of love for Cristiano Ronaldo, who has recently returned from a tour in Thailand and Australia.
2. Initial impressions.
Fans will, of course, be watching and anticipating rookies. Martinez and Eriksen both played well in the match against Vallecano. Martinez is both calm in defense and aggressive in contested situations.
And Eriksen was fired up, moving wide and almost scoring. The situation that led to Amad Diallo’s goal was started by the Danish midfielder. Coach Ten Hag, dressed formally, stands on the sidelines to remind and encourage the players. In previous matches, he implemented tactical changes.
3. Border fortification.
Alejandro Garnacho was determined to make an impression as soon as he was given the chance to play for the first team. He played with zeal, making the white defender work extremely hard. The Argentine’s deft dribbling situations provide new hope for a young talent emerging from the club’s academy.
4. “Super Sub”.
Coach Ten Hag’s first changeover was almost immediately effective. Diallo came on to replace his elder brother Ronaldo at the start of the second half. It only took three minutes for the young Ivory Coast star to score a goal for Manchester United after taking advantage of a scoring opportunity.
5. Heaton receives five stars.
Tom Heaton had a solid game. He made a few saves for the home team and was also fortunate, thanks to the crossbar, not to have to despise the “old man” Radamel Falcao. The goal was also unlucky for the British goalkeeper, who was unable to do more with the opponent’s back kick. Heaton replaced David De Gea as the No. 2 choice in the Man United wooden frame following Dean Henderson’s departure.
6. Young celebrities flaunt their talents.
Isak Hansen, a young player, got his first taste of first-team action. He even fired a shot after only a few seconds on the field. Other young players who worked hard included Shola Shoretire, Mejbri Hannibal, and Zidane Iqbal. Ethan Laird, a mature Academy player, also played the full 90 minutes and made two precise tackles.
7. The challenge has begun.
Man United’s 2022/23 preseason friendly campaign has come to an end. They won three games, drew one, and lost one. Coach Ten Hag and his associates essentially had an overview of the team’s personnel in order to prepare for the next important preparation steps. The Red Devils will begin the English Premier League season against Brighton at the end of next week. This will be a reagent for the Manchester United team.