Manchester United capped off the preseason tour of America with a 3-2 loss in Las Vegas on Monday morning.

The scoring was opened by Diogo Dalot in the first half as he curled an effort from range, directly into the top corner.

The first-half seemed confortable until late on when Donyell Malen scored a brace within a minute due to sloppy and lazy defensive work from United. This left the scores at 2-1 to the Germans going into half time.

In the second-half just six minutes in, Antony drew United level, following a penalty box panic by Dortmund, van de Beek laid the ball off to the Brazilian who slotted it home finding the bottom corner.

Dortmund then retook the lead thanks to another sloppy United pass.

Here are five things we learned…

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Dalot scores a beauty

Dalot has been the club’s second choice right-back this summer behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but he hasn’t let it get to him.

He broke the deadlock in the first half as he finished off a nice pass by Donny van de Beek, curling his shot past Gregor Kobel and into the Dortmund goal.

This finish ultimately won’t do much to change Erik ten Hag’s opinion on his starting right-back, but it was a wonderful finish.

Sancho and Pellistri sharp

Jadon Sancho has looked lively all pre-season, scoring against Arsenal and adapting well to his new role of false nine.

Sancho however was his sharpest here against Dortmund, with sublime touches and flicks, Dortmund couldn’t get near him.

Meanwhile on the left-wing, our Uruguayan international was running rings around the Dortmund full-back.

He consistently asked questions with his direct dribbling and showed quite clearly he is ready to be a regular fixture of this United side.

Too good to be wasted, if he isn’t playing we need to find him a good loan.

Antony back among the goals

Antony was introduced in the first half in place of Omari Forson who was hooked off before 40 minutes, due to his continual on-field scuffles and poor play in general.

Antony then drew United level in the 51st minute, capitalising on some sloppy defence from Dortmund to get his magic left-foot onto the ball.

Van de Beek laid it off for Antony to strike a low finish into the far bottom corner through the crowded box and beating the Dortmund keeper.

Stupid goals to concede

Time and time again, United were stupidly gifting possession to Dortmund in dangerous positions, which is the source of all goals conceded today.

Brainless passes which half our defence would never make, this only emphasised the lack of depth and quality in certain positions.

The fact one injury to Raphael Varane and we have to choose between Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Jonny Evans is worrying.

A defender of similar on-ball ability to Lisandro Martinez is needed, also Dalot needs to retain his form as he is far better for United.

Exciting attacking moves

Despite the defensive woes, United looked very dangerous on the attack, especially once the big guns came on.

Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes were all fantastic in the build-up as United had multiple promising attacks which unfortunately didn’t result in an equaliser.

Antony missing an open net, followed by Joe Hugill squandering his big chance left United defeated at 3-2, but some huge positives in an attacking sense that should have Wolves worried for two weeks today.

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