Manchester United’s three best players in 4-1 win against Melbourne Victory

The second game of pre-season is over and it brought a second win.

We have taken a look at the best three players in Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United side in their 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory…

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Jadon Sancho among best players as Manchester United beat Melbourne

After the game, Ten Hag said he was pleased with his side’s creativity down the right hand side of the pitch.

Once again, he played Jadon Sancho and Diogo Dalot on that right flank, and it was there that United looked the most threatening throughout here.

At half time, Treble-winner Denis Irwin said on MUTV of Sancho, who began the move, “He looked the likeliest do something for us.”

When he signed, it looked like Sancho would play on the right, but he gravitated towards the left throughout his maiden campaign.

The early signs are that Sancho will play on the right under Ten Hag, and United do need increased, regular creativity from there.

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Anthony Martial

Martial made it two from two here, scoring just before half-time to put United 2-1 ahead in a game they trailed 1-0 after five minutes.

It was hard for him to get space and chances against a deep defence and a five-man backline, but he looked sharp in what he did.

One burst down the left was especially impressive, and he showed an outstanding touch before finishing his goal from close range.

Irwin told MUTV of Martial’s goal: “That’s a centre forward finish. It’s good that he’s in the box,” and it is hard to disagree.

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Zidane Iqbal

Ten Hag made ten outfield changes in the second half, just as he did against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Also as was the case against Liverpool, Zidane Iqbal caught the eye with his personality and quality on the ball, with the highlight an impressive turn in the second half, which can be watched below.

United need quality in midfield, and that could open up a chance for Iqbal, or Charlie Savage, who also played well once again in midfield.

More senior substitutes Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek and Marcus Rashford all caught the eye, with the former laying on the latter to make it 3-1, and the Dutchman unlucky not to score when well-placed late on, only for a Melbourne player to turn Tahith Chong’s cross into his own net.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.