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2021/22 – Pre-Season – Everton – Home

Manchester United beat Everton 4-0 in the final pre-season match of the summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ran riot at Old Trafford with three goals in the opening 30 minutes of the match. Mason Greenwood opened the scoring, pouncing on a defensive error in the eighth minute of the match. Harry Maguire headed United into a 2-0 lead in the 15th minute after a Luke Shaw corner. It was Bruno Fernandes that stole the headlines though wit a stunning free-kick from 25-yards which beat Jordan Pickford. Diogo Dalot also scored a header in added time after Fred played the ball into the box. It was a positive match for United and will have helped them get ready for the Premier League season starting next week.

United started well against Everton in their final pre-season match of the summer, the second to be played at the Theatre of Dreams. Within eight minutes, Mason Greenwood had capitalised on a defensive error to score his first pre-season goal, which was great to see. United continued to press this Everton side, who looked dejected and out of sorts. The negative fans could well be hiding later today. United doubled their lead from a set-piece with Luke Shaw taking the corner and Harry Maguire heading into the back of the net. And by the half hour mark of the match, Bruno Fernandes took a free-kick, hitting the back of the net from distance to send a message that United were ready to take on their rivals ahead of the new Premier League season.

United continued to play impressively for the remainder of the first half, having a few more chances on goal. At the start of the second hale, Solskjaer made a triple substitution with Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Fred replacing Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic. United were still playing a good attacking game against the Premier League side, who themselves had a chance to get a goal back, hitting the crossbar through Andros Townsend. Solskjaer then made another four substitutions in the 60th and 61st minutes with Diogo Dalot, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams and Andreas Pereira replaced Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes. United possibly should have scored their fourth goal of the game soo after.

With Solskjaer seeking to give players minutes on the pitch, he made another two changes in the 68th and 69th minutes of the match with Scott McTominay and James Garner replacing Daniel James and Harry Maguire. The match seemed to be dead and buried for Everton though, who made many changes of their own but still looked dejected and out of sorts. It was a good game for Solskjaer’s side ahead of their Premier League opener against Leeds United in a week’s time. United were still creating the chances, despite the number of changes made which will give Solskjaer the vision to see which players will make his side against Leeds at Old Trafford next week. Everton will have a lot of work to do ahead of their season starting.

As the game was coming to a close, United were pushing Everton back into their own half once more, which must have been terrible for the as nothing much had changed since the start of the match. United seemed to be seeking a fourth goal, which had eluded them since Fernandes scored the third of the match. In added time, Diogo Dalot headed from range past Asmir Begovic from a Fred assist, which sealed a 4-0 victory for United. What a result in the final pre-season match where the majority of the first team players were back in action. Perhaps now the moaning contingent of negative United supporters will be happy, but you just know that they all be finding minuscule things to turn into massive problems, because they are never happy and live sad lives.

United will now have a week’s training ahead of the first Premier League match of the season against Leeds United at the Theatre of Dreams. United will need to do a lot better than they did last season, when they were defeated by Crystal Palace then stuttered in the league before they started to find some form. This pre-season has not been the best with the Preston North End match being cancelled last weekend and with United losing 4-2 to Queens Park Rangers, drawing 2-2 with Brentford but Beating Derby County 2-1 in the opening match f the pre-season campaign. Solskjaer will be pleased with his squad, which was toughly for the first three matches. We are still to see Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane play for the club yet, which will be worth the wait.

Goals: Mason Greenwood 8’, Harry Maguire 15’, Bruno Fernandes 29′, Diogo Dalot 90+2′

Assists: Luke Shaw 15’, Fred 90+2′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Dalot 61′), Lindelof (Tuanzebe 60′), Maguire (Garner 69′), Shaw (Williams 60′); Matic (Fred 46′), Van de Beek (Pogba 46′); Greenwood, Fernandes (Pereira 60′), James (McTominay 68′); Martial (Mata 46′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant, Heaton

Bookings: Seamus Coleman 49′

2021/22 – Pre-Season – Brentford – Home

Manchester United drew 2-2 with Brentford at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening. Jesse Lingard nearly scored in the opening few minutes but it was Anthony Elanga who opened the scoring in the 12th minute of the match after Aaron Wan-Bissaka played in the cross from the right. Shandon Baptiste equalised in the 20th minute of the match, which was a stunning strike on goal. Andreas Pereira restored United with the lead in the 50th minute, similarly to Baptiste’s goal in the first half, which was great to see. United then fell foul of some poor defending in the 78th minute as Bryan Mbeumo found an equaliser. Preston North End is the next test for United this pre-season, playing away from home on Saturday afternoon.

United started well in their first pre-season match at Old Trafford. Jesse Lingard started in fine form too, just like he did against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend. The United academy graduate launched a shot on goal, which did not open the scoring but was very close. United eventually took the lead in the 12th minute of the match with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, on the day he was criticised by Charlie Austin as not being good enough for United, crossed the ball into the box for Anthony Elanga to find the back of the net to see United take the lead in this match. It was a great finish. It was short-lived though as Shandon Baptiste found an equaliser from a shot just outside the box eight minutes later.

It was a good first half for both teams with many players looking positive on the pitch. There was no breakthrough despite chances for both teams. Solskjaer will be happy with what he has seen but will be getting ready for a few changes at the start of the second half, with more around the 60 minute mark. Elanga, Wan-Bissaka and Lingard all played well and I would like to see more of them in the second half. For Brentford, Shandon Baptiste, Ivan Toney and Tariq Fosu were three of the names that I feel did well against this young United side. The trio could do very well in the Premier League next season, which would be good to see. United will need to do more in this match to get a win, otherwise the likes of Jonny will be moaning again, bless them.

At the start of the second half, after many thought there would be many changes for United, Solskjaer made just one change with Diogo Dalot replacing Brandon Williams, who received a knock in the first half. The last time he played at Old Trafford, he was playing for AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League. The match soon got going again with United on the attack. The ball was played into the box but Brentford cleared the danger by Andreas Pereira latched onto the ball just on the outside of the box, playing in a shot over the top, which hit the inside of the crossbar and hit the back of the net, similar to that of Baptiste from the first half of the match. United were back in front and seeking to get a win at Old Trafford this evening.

Solskjaer made a triple substitution in the 62nd minute of the match with James Garner, Daniel James and Facundo Pellistri replacing Pereira, Elanga and Juan Mata. United were doing well after the changes were made but did not seem to want to advance their score, not that it matters much in pre-season matches, unless you are Jonny! Solskjaer then made another triple substitution with Shola Shoretire, Hannibal Mejbri and Donny van de Beek replacing Lingard, Mason Greenwood and Nemanja Matic. Shortly after the change, Brentford equalised for the second time in the match with Bryan Mbeumo beating Dalot on the left flank, cutting in and beating Tom Heaton from an angle. It was a shame that other goal was conceded but it happens in pre-season.

It was not a win at the Theatre of Dreams but there was many positives from this match. Elanga looks like a player who has what it takes to succeed at this club. Lingard seems to be ready to give something, if he remains at the club this season. Pereira did what he has done during most pre-season campaigns – scored great goal. Pellistri looks like a great talent and in a year’s time, he could be some player. Heaton seems to be ready to give something, which could ruffle a few feathers. It was a good game and fitness was the aim of it. United will take on Preston North End on Saturday away from home, then Everton at Old Trafford the following week. Leeds United are on the horizon now and United are getting ready for that match.

Goals: Anthony Elanga 12’, Andreas Pereira 50′; Shandon Baptiste 20’, Bryan Mbeumo 78′

Assists: Aaron Wan-Bissaka 12’; Ivan Toney 20’, Finley Stevens 78′

Manchester United: Heaton; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Mengi, Williams (Dalot 46′); Matic (Van de Beek 76′), Andreas (Garner 62′); Lingard (Shoretire 76′), Mata (Pellistri 62′), Elanga (James 62′); Greenwood (Hannibal 76′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant, Kovar; Fish; Levitt, Galbraith; Hugill

Bookings: N/A

2021/22 – Pre-Season – QPR – Away

Manchester United were beaten 4-2 by Queens Park Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second pre-season match will be a memorable one on the day it was announced that he signed a new contract at the club. Jesse Lingard opened the scoring in the third minute of the match with Anthony Elanga scoring a late consolation. QPR found goals through Charlie Austin, a brace from Lyndon Dykes and Moses Odubajo. United welcome Brentford to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, in their third pre-season match of the summer.

United started well against QPR and got forward almost immediately. Facundo Pellistri played in a great ball to Jesse Lingard, who opened the scoring in the third minute of the match. It did not start a ruthless performance from United though as in the sixth minute, Charlie Austin had found the back of the net to give QPR an equaliser. It was a pretty even half from there with the home side seemingly thinking they were playing a cup final against United, rather than a friendly. There were a few chances for either side, but nothing that was going to change the game. United had a good half but there is still so much more to do in this match.

At the start of the second half, Solskjaer made four substitutions with Lee Grant, James Garner, Juan Mata and Anthony Elanga replacing Tom Heaton, Nemanja Matic, Facundo Pellistri and Daniel James. QPR got their second goal through Lyndon Dykes in the 53rd minute of the match, which put the home side in a great position, although Elanga had a chance to get one back but collided with the goalkeeper when he was through on goal. QPR then scored a third through trials Moses Odubajo, then Dykes scored the fourth goal of the match a minute later. This is a dire match for United, but the majority of people will moan before looking at the squad.

The majority of United’s first team players were still on holiday after their participation in Euro 2020 and Copa America. QPR have been a team in form in this match and with United’s toughly squad, it was never going to be something that United dominated, even if they did so against Derby last week. In the 61st minute, Solskjaer made three more substitutions with Ethan Galbraith, Dylan Levitt and Shola Shoretire replaced Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Andreas Pereira and Mason Greenwood. United tried to get back into the game, but it was ahead of them still.Hannibal Mejbri replaced Lingard in the 68th minute of the match.

United got a goal back to bring the score to 4-2 with Anthony Elanga finding the back of the net after some good play from Shola Shoretire, who made the assist. Solskjaer made three more substitutions; two in the 80th minute with Di’Shon Bernard and Will Fish replacing Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi and one in the 83rd minute in which Joe Hugill replaced Brandon Williams. It was going to be a lesson for United, a test for the youth and a reminder of what things will be like playing senior football. Pre-season matches are not there to be won but there will be many moaning about this heavy defeat.

United will be back in action on Wednesday evening as they welcome Brentford to Old Trafford in the third pre-season friendly of the summer. United then travel to Preston North End on the 31 July before welcoming Everton to the Theatre of Dreams on the 7 August which will end pre-season and have United ready for the season proper. United will host Leeds United at Old Trafford in the opening Premier League match of the season, which will be a tough match for United but one that will see them having the majority of their senior team back at the club and ready to start the new season.

Goals: Charlie Austin 7′, Lyndon Dykes 53′, 59′, Moses Odubajo 58′; Jesse Lingard 3′, Anthony Elanga 74′

Assists: Yoann Barbet 7′, Lee Wallace 53′, Chris Willock 58′, 59′; Facundo Pellistri 3′, Shola Shoretire 74′

Manchester United: Heaton (Grant 46′); Wan-Bissaka (Galbraith 61′), Tuanzebe (Bernard 80′), Mengi (Fish 80′), Williams (Hugill 83′); Andreas (Levitt 61′), Matic (Garner 46′); Pellistri (Mata 46′), Lingard (Hannibal 68′), James (Elanga 46′); Greenwood (Shoretire 61′)

Substitutes Not Used: Bishop

Bookings: N/A

2021/22 – Pre-Season – Derby County – Away

Manchester United beat Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park in the opening pre-season match this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was youthful, in both halves but they did the job and got the win, although fitness was the main thing to gain from the match. Tahith Chong opened the scoring in the 18th minute of the match with Tom Heaton making a few good saves in the first half. Facundo Pellistri scored United’s second goal, assisted by Shola Shoretire in the 59th minute. Colin Karim-Richards scored a consolation for the home side in the 70th minute of the match. Queens Park Rangers are next for United, playing on Saturday afternoon.

It was a good opening display from both United and Derby in their opening friendly of the summer. Solskjaer named a very young side with little experience but the signs were good from the off. Derby did try to get something from United in the early stages of the match by Tom Heaton made a good save to deny the home side from taking the lead. United then started to get themselves into the match, pushing forward through Juan Mata, who looks like he still has something to give this team, even if it is just experience. Derby nipped the attack down by Tahith Chong managed to punish the defender, grabbing the ball and slotting it into the back of the net to put United ahead in the 18th minute.

In the 37th minute of the match, approximately 20 minutes after the United goal, derby were building something in the United box, putting pressure on the defence. Heaton, once again, made a superb save to deny the home side from levelling the score. It just goes to show that even with a majority youth team on the pitch, United still have what it takes to get the better of some teams. Derby will no doubt be frustrated so far not to get a goal back, having ample opportunity to do so. United then started to pressure Derby once again, sitting on the edge of their box, pushing forward to find another opening. The half ended with United still 1-0 up after a decent first half for this toughly United team.

At the start of the second half, Solskjaer made nine changes to his starting XI. Lee Grant replaced Heaton, Ethan Galbraith, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira, Shola Shoretire, Facundo Pellistri, Jesse Lingard and Joe Hugill replacing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams, James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Anthony Elanga, Juan Mata, Tahth Chong, and Mason Greenwood. It did not take long for United to double their lead with Pellistri, who spent last season on loan with Alaves in Spain, putting United 2-0 up in the 60th minute of the match. It was a good finish for the Uruguayan. Solskjaer made two further substitutions with Di’Shon Bernard and Will Fish replacing Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi.

Derby got a goal back in the 70th minute of the match with Colin Karim-Richards thundering an effort past Lee Grant, who used to play for Derby before signing for United a few years back. The goalkeeper could not stop the effort from hitting the back of the net, which excited the Derby supporters in the stadium. Minutes later, Jesse Lingard almost restored the two-goal cushion for United, launching a strike on goal, which hit the crossbar and went back out into play. It was an unfortunate miss for the former academy player, who had a good loan spell with West Ham United in the second half of last season. It was a shame he did not score the goal, or the chance he had later in the match.

United had a few chances to score more goals but they never came. Derby seemed to tail off after their goal, which will give Wayne Rooney some problems ahead of the season commencing. He will be impressed with Teden Mengi, who he will want at Derby for the new season and Solskjaer will allow that to happen as the lad is a good prospect and will be seeking to achieve in the not too distant future. The match ended 2-1 to United with Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri scoring the goals and Colin Kazim-Richards scoring the consolation for the home side. United face Queens Park Rangers next Saturday in their second pre-season match. They will then face Brentford and Everton at Old Trafford with a trip to Preston North End in between.

Goals: Colin Kazim-Richards 70′; Tahith Chong 18′, Facundo Pellistri 59′

Assists: Isaac Hutchinson 70′; Shola Shoretire 59′

Manchester United: Heaton (Grant 46′); Wan-Bissaka (Galbraith 46′), Tuanzebe (Bernard 60′), Mengi (Fish 60′), Williams (Telles 46′); Garner (Matic 46′), Levitt (Pereira 46′); Elanga (Shoretire 46′), Mata (Pellistri 46′), Chong (Lingard 46′); Greenwood (Hugill 46′ (Hannibal 79′)

Substitutes Not Used: Bishop

Bookings: Lee Buchanan 55′, Louie Sibley 68′

2019/20 – Pre-Season Tour – Kristiansund BK – Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway

2018/19 – Treble Reunion – Manchester United v Bayern Munich – Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United beat Bayern Munich 5-0 in a thrilling Treble Reunion at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha and David Beckham all scored goals in the match with Jesper Blomqvist assisting twice, Saha, Jonathan Greening and Karel Poborsky each getting one assist. The opening goal of the match was scored by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer three minutes after he replaced Andy Cole. David Beckham squared the ball into Dwight Yorke, whose effort was parried away. Jesper Blomqvist then picked up the ball, played it to Solskjaer, who tapped the ball in to put his side 1-0 up. United did score against through Paul Scholes by Gary Neville was offside and the goal was ruled out. Dwight Yorke doubled United’s lead after Jesper Blomqvist played a cross into the box with the former Trinidad and Tobago forward slotting home from close-range. This United side has brought the excitement back to Old Trafford after a tough season.
Nicky Butt scored the third goal for United in the 79th minute of there match, minutes after Teddy Sheringham fired wide of the target, The midfielder began the move with a long-ball to Louis Saha, who then slotted the ball back to Butt for him to bury his shot into the back of the net, showing this Bayern side who the boss was in Manchester. A fourth goal soon followed, this time with Saha scoring. Karel Poborsky played the ball upfield to Jonathan Greening, who remained onside, breaking forward, delivering a low cross to the Frenchman who made it 4-0 to United, with no reply from the German side seeming all that possible, which would have made Sir Alex Ferguson happy. United then made it five with David Beckham scoring in front of the Old Trafford faithful in the Stretford End. Poborsky was once again involved, seeing Beckham run forward, onside, putting in a through ball for Becks to round a player and beat the goalkeeper from close-range, burying the ball high into the back of the net at the near post. What a thrilling encounter.
Men of the Match: David Beckham and Nicky Butt In a game which saw Gary Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt all play 90 minutes in their return to the `Theatre of Dreams. All three played a part in the game but Neville will rue being offside which stopped Paul Scholes from scoring in the first half. Both Beckham and Butt god their own goals and drove United forward to win this game. A performance that some of the current first teamers will need to look at in order to bring the same desire next season. Goals: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 5′, Dwight Yorke 30′, Nicky Butt 79′, Louis Saha 85′, David Beckham 90′ Assists: Jesper Blomqvist 5′, 30′, Louis Saha 79′, Jonathan Greening 85′, Karel Poborsky 90′ Manchester United: Schmeichel (van der Gouw 35′ (Pilkington 74′); G. Neville, Stam (Brown 68′), Johnsen (Berg 80′), Irwin (Silvestre 57′); Beckham, Butt, Scholes (Greening 59′), Blomqvist (Poborsky 46′); Yorke (Saha 40′), Cole (Solskjaer 1′ (Sheringham 27′ (May 80′)

2019/20 – International Champions Cup – AC Milan – Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Goals: Marcus Rashford 14′, Jesse Lingard 72′; Suso 26′, Victor Lindelof (og) 60′

Assists: Nemanja Matic 14′, Anthony Martial 72′

Manchester United: De Gea (c); Wan-Bissaka (Young 65′), Lindelof, Rojo (Tuanzebe 65′), Shaw; Matic (Fred 65′), McTominay; Mata (James 64′), Pereira (Lingard 65′), Rashford (Greenwood 82′); Martial (Gomes 82′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Grant; Jones, Smalling, Dalot; Chong

2019/20 – International Champions Cup – Tottenham Hotspur – Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China

2019/20 – International Champions Cup – Inter Milan – Singapore National Stadium, Singapore

Manchester United beat Inter Milan 1-0 in a match that United dominated from the very start. It was goalless at half time and United took their time to break down the Italian side with Mason Greenwood scoring the opening goal in the 76th minute of the match. Inter are a bit behind United in terms of fitness as this is just their second pre-season match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with pre-season so far. Beating Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0 and Inter Milan 1-0. United have scored seven goals, conceding none. On Thursday, Tottenham Hotspur will be the opposition in Shanghai, China. After that, United will be heading back to Europe for a friendly against Kristiansund before the final International Champions Cup match against AC Milan in Cardiff, Wales.

Man of the Match: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The 21-year-old arrived at United this summer from Crystal Palace. He has put in a number of good performances so far this pre-season. He has shown why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed him. He has the ability to defend, the pace to attack and does both brilliantly so far. This season could see yet another contender for the Player of the Year award.

Goals: Mason Greenwood 76′

Assists:

Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 62′); Wan-Bissaka (Young 63′), Tuanzebe (Bailly 63′), Lindelof (Jones 57′), Shaw (Dalot 62′); Matic (McTominay 63′), Pogba (A. Pereira 62′); James (Chong 63′ (Gomes 90+2), Lingard (Mata 63′), Martial (Greenwood 63′); Rashford (Fred 63′)

Substitutes Not Used: J. Pereira; Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Garner

Bookings: Andreas Pereira 90′; Marcelo Brozovic 27′, Antonio Candreva 71′, Milan Skriniar 87′

2019/20 – Pre-Season Tour – Leeds United – Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia

Manchester United beat Leeds United 4-0 in the second pre-season friendly at the Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia on Wednesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with the victory over a rival team at this stage of the summer which will do the squad well ahead of the upcoming matches against Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Kristiansund and AC Milan ahead of the Premier League opener against Chelsea.

17-year-old Mason Greenwood opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the match after Paul Pogba played a through ball into Aaron Wan-Bissaka with the right-back making the run up the right-wing. He crossed the ball into Greenwood who tapped in his first goal of pre-season, something he will be pleased with, as will his manager.

Twenty minutes later, United doubled their lead through Marcus Rashford. United had pressured Leeds for several minutes in the run-up to the goal and Scott McTominay pushed forward with the ball, passing to Rashford, who was just inside the box, slotting past the goalkeeper for United’s second goal of the match.

Six minutes into the second half, United had won a corner. Andreas Pereira took it, lofted the ball into the box and the rising head of Phil Jones slotted the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0 to United. It seems that the Leeds supporters in Australia were a little too optimistic in thinking that their team would beat United today. Oops.

United won a penalty in the 69th minute after Tahith Chong was taken out inside the box by Liam Cooper. Anthony Martial stepped up to take the spot kick, putting it into the back of the net as cool as you like. United were4-0 up against the Yorkshire club, something they will want to forget. But it is only pre-season, which would not be the case if they had not been on the receiving end of this battering.

Man of the Match: Paul Pogba

The Frenchman played well in the first half of the match and played a part in the opening goal, playing the ball to Wan-Bissaka. Pogba can be a great player for this club and hopefully, he can sort his future out and decide whether he wants to remain at the club or not. When he came back to United, he said he had unfinished business here. That business has not been taken care of, so if he wants to take care of it, he will need to stay. It will be a season that could create something for the club.

Goals: Mason Greenwood 7′, Marcus Rashford 27′, Phil Jones 51′, Anthony Martial 69′

Assists: Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7′, Scott McTominay 27′, Andreas Pereira 51′

Manchester United: Romero (J. Pereira 46′); Wan-Bissaka (Young 46′), Lindelof (Jones 46′), Bailly (Smalling 46′), Rojo (Dalot 46′); McTominay (A. Pereira 46′), Pogba (Matic 46′ (Garner 78′; Greenwood (Chong 46′), Mata (Gomes 46′), James (Lingard 46′); Rashford (Martial 46′)

Substitutes Not Used: Tuanzebe; Garner

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