Manchester United’s pre-season schedule came to the perfect end yesterday with a dominant 4-0 victory over Everton.
Mason Greenwood opened the scoring after capitalising on a Jordan Pickford blunder and Harry Maguire added a second five minutes later with a bullet header.
Bruno Fernandes scored the third with a stunning free-kick to cap off a breathtaking first-half display and Diogo Dalot got the fourth in the dying moments with a looping header.
The match also saw Paul Pogba return to action but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t be throwing new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane into the deep end against Leeds.
“Jadon [Sancho] is next week, Raphael [Varane] hopefully once the medical is sorted will be a few days with us,” he said. “We have to get them through a fitness regime as well, we can’t just throw them into a game.”
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Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho set for Manchester United fitness programme Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane cannot be ‘thrown into a game’ as Manchester United prepare to start the Premier League season.
United thrashed Everton 4-0 in their final pre-season friendly at Old Trafford on Saturday and Varane watched the game with his family while isolating.
Varane is hopeful of completing his transfer to United by Wednesday next week and United host Leeds at 12.45pm next Saturday in their season opener.
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United’s new formation starts successfully in Everton thrashingManchester United may be requesting the same menu next week if they maintain this performance level.
Mason Greenwood ordered his steak overcooked at St Andrews but did not overcook his strike and Luke Shaw needed the carbohydrates as he pounded up and down the turf. Shaw was not one of the players who explored the St Andrews Links yet his corner-taking hit the pin.
United matchgoers had waited 18 months and six days to walk down the Warwick Road on a Saturday and this was about as enjoyable as they could have hoped it would be. Denis Law, clad in a dapper club blazer, nodded approvingly in the directors’ box.
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Manchester United player ratings: Bruno Fernandes and Nemanja Matic good vs Everton David de Gea
Had an iffy moment from an early corner but otherwise rarely troubled. A clean sheet on his return. 6
Said it all the majority of United’s attacking came down the left with Luke Shaw back. More hope for Kieran Trippier. 6
A serene return to club football for the Swede, aided by the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. An encouraging hour. 7
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