Manchester United continued their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 win over Lyon in Edinburgh on Wednesday afternoon.
The first half was clouded by poor finishing which again saw United enter half-time at 0-0, just as we saw last week.
Deadlock was broke in the second half as Donny van de Beek scored a brilliant volley early to secure the 1-0 win, and to keep United’s record at 100%.
Here are the six winners from the game…
Matej Kovar impressed once again and is making a real case for himself to be named Manchester United’s number two goalkeeper. Solid playing out from the back he gave fans a glimpse of what can be expected when Andre Onana arrives.
He looked completely comfortable at the level and while it’s only pre-season, he looked more adept than David De Gea at being a goalkeeper in an Erik ten Hag team.
Kobbie Mainoo has now demonstrated his ability in back to back pre-season games. There isn’t much else to say, he is brilliant and absolutely ready to be playing with the first team next season.
He looked great in the defensive midfield role, dropping deep and making it a back three to aid with build-up.
He has everything; physically ready, technically ready and his footballing IQ is great so it seems likely he is going to be in Ten Hag’s squad this season.
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Hannibal Mejbri has really grabbed the opportunity presented to him this summer, with a clear opening in the squad he looks ready and willing to fill it.
He looked very comfortable again, which is no surprise given he has a whole season of senior football under his belt.
Hannibal was great on and off the ball, Ten Hag clearly was impressed as he retained his starting position over Fred, definitely one to watch ahead of next season.
Donny van de Beek
Van de Beek might’ve just thrown himself a lifeline at Manchester United, thanks to his delightful volleyed finish from Dan Gore’s cross.
He managed to take all the sting out of the cross and catch it perfectly to guide the ball into the top corner.
Besides the goal he played a solid half, doing the basics well and will be happy with his performance on his return from a bad injury. Could he be about to make good on his £35million fee?
Yet another midfielder who was really impressive today, Dan Gore. The 18-year-old was everywhere for United, from setting up the opening goal with a perfectly weighted cross for van de Beek.
Elsewhere Gore was incredibly tenacious in defence and brilliant on the ball, helping United control possession, very technical.
He is a player we are hoping will get a loan move this coming season possibly in the Championship.
The most surprising move of this week was when Jonny Evans was listed on the squad list for this friendly after signing a short term deal at United.
Now having featured for 45 minutes, it looks like a solid move. Evans barely put a foot wrong here demonstrating his experience and footballing knowledge.
He was a visible and audible leader and could be a solid option to have in the squad, especially with the departure of Harry Maguire possibly coming.