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Ratings: Pogba the bright spark before McTominay and Martial steal the show

Manchester United’s only tour match in Norway resulted in a 3-0 win over Valerenga, due to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, and Scott McTominay. United look increasingly ready for the season ahead, with the vast majority of Jose Mourinho’s players performing effectively to give the boss a big selection headache heading into the Super Cup. However, Valerenga’s organization in the first half made matters difficult for United, who, despite the post-striking efforts of Paul Pogba and the movement of Juan Mata, couldn’t break Valerenga down.

That was until Henrikh Mkhitaryan was freed on the right-wing just before the half, and swung in a pinpoint cross for Fellaini to send a deflected header into the back of the goal. Returning from the half, it was Andreas Pereira swinging in the cross from the corner flag, allowing Lukaku to tower over Valerenga’s defence and finish with aplomb. Finally, Anthony Martial’s skills resulted in an opportunity for McTominay, who played as an emergency striker in the reserves for much of last season and showed it with an excellent control-and-finish volley across the goalkeeper. United have one more match, against Sampdoria in Ireland, before the season can finally begin with the long-awaited Super Cup.

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20 Sergio Romero

Didn’t have much to do throughout the first half, as Valerenga failed to threaten in front of goal.

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36 Matteo Darmian

Came in at right-back for Fosu-Mensah, wasn't tested defensively but showed energy to get forward well throughout the half.

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3 Eric Bailly

Much like Romero, he didn’t have much to do in the half, but he was solid whenever called upon.

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4 Phil Jones

Picked his moments to get forward and involve himself in possession.

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17 Daley Blind

Almost scored from an audacious flick, but he should’ve done more with the opportunity. However, I don’t understand where all the criticism is coming from; he’s been one of United’s better players on tour.

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16 Michael Carrick

Solid passing range on show again, does excellently to move Pogba into tight spaces.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Not helpful whatsoever in possession, but he kept his play simple and scored when the chance fell to him.

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6 Paul Pogba

Arguably United’s best player on tour, played every single match and made an impact with his excellent ability in each; huge season ahead.

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8 Juan Mata

Looked energetic and accurate upon returning from injury.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Usual business from Mkhitaryan, struggling through the half before an audacious assist for Fellaini.

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19 Marcus Rashford

Showed energy through the first half, but it didn’t amount to much.

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Substitutes

40 Joel Castro Pereira

Didn’t have much to do in his half hour, distribution is notably better than Romero.

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24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Extremely aggressive, all-action performance from Fosu-Mensah. Deserves to be in Mourinho’s plans a lot more next season.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Finally, much better from Lindelof, maintained composure and distributed the ball well while maintaining defensive solidity.

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12 Chris Smalling

Didn’t have much to do but didn’t do anything wrong, barring the Barcelona match he’s had a decent tour.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Again, he has fought his way into Mourinho’s plans. Superb on the ball, looks every bit as good as Lindelof, the big-money signing.

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35 Demetri Mitchell

Played well during his cameo, looked a little bit shy breaking into the final third as he could’ve got crosses in but it was a tidy performance.

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21 Ander Herrera

Made the odd mistake but returned from injury with a solid performance from the base of United’s midfield.

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Andreas Pereira

Playing him in defensive midfield seems to have been part of the plan, as he looks better defensively than ever before from central midfield. Aggressive too, could see him getting sent off next season but it’ll be well worth it for his performances. Excellent assist for Lukaku with the first corner goal we’ve seen in what feels like decades.

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Scott McTominay

Only had half an hour but showed great quality, moved the ball quickly and showed excellent decision making, scored one but was unlucky not to grab a hat trick.

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9 Romelu Lukaku

Buried his chance again, seemed to threaten Valerenga’s defenders very well throughout the match. Really growing into his role at United.

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11 Anthony Martial

Best player on the pitch in the second half, he was everywhere. Dribbling, turning defenders, causing havoc. Did particularly well to set up McTominay for his goal, too.

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Written by Aaron Moniz

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