Monday, August 15, 2022

Man Utd settle for draw in final friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo lasted 45 minutes in his first Manchester United appearance since asking to leave the club as Rayo Vallecano came from a goal down to draw 1-1 at Old Trafford.
According to, Erik ten Hag, taking charge of his first home game, gave a debut to £55m signing Lisandro Martinez and handed a first start to free agent recruit Christian Eriksen.
But with most of the focus on Ronaldo, the result did not go United’s way as they wrapped up their preparations ahead of their Premier League campaign, which kicks off against Brighton next weekend.
Amad, who replaced Ronaldo at the interval, made it 1-0 two minutes into the second period with a close range finish to capitalise on shoddy goalkeeping.
But Alvaro Garcia’s tap in pulled the La Liga side level midway through the half and both sides could only trade half chances from that moment on.
“On Sunday the king plays,” Ronaldo promised on Friday evening and his 45 minutes of rust-busting here will have done little to assuage the many who believe he should abdicate his self-appointed throne.
After several weeks of PR action and, for reasons unrelated to his desire to depart, inaction on the training ground, the 37-year-old was never going to last the duration of this encounter.
But he was given just 45 minutes before being replaced by academy product Amad, who then required two minutes to open the scoring with the help of a sloppy goalkeeping error from Diego Lopez, and Ronaldo showed little at the focal point of Ten Hag’s experimental attack.
There was one spurned opportunity, blazing over from about 15 yards after being played in by Donny van de Beek, and a moment of alertness to pick up an interception near halfway before finding Eriksen. And aside from that little involvement worth noting.


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