United’s pre-season got off to a solid start with a 2-0 win over Australian side Perth.
The match felt like a training game, with United dominating possession and barely letting Perth into our half.
11 changes at half-time meant the performance was a little disjointed and there is certainly room for improvement.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner gave United a 2-0 win.
Here is a look at our five takeaways from the match…
Wan-Bissaka looked superb
£50 million signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka already looks to have settled in at United.
His rangy tackling ability was on full display, and he showed a real willingness to get forward too.
Diogo Dalot did well in the first half himself and had a couple of attempts on goal.
The competition between the two of them can run and run for years.
Tuanzebe like a Rolls Royce
While we hoped Tuaznebe would start alongside Victor Lindelöf to give him a fairer crack, the young defender excelled partnering Phil Jones.
Admittedly he did not have a lot to do, but Tuanzebe dealt with everything thrown his way.
He looked at home in United’s central defence and surely there is no need to send him out on loan again.
Tuanzebe looks ready now, although it must be remembered there will be tougher tests to come in pre-season.
Youth grabbing chance
We wanted to see young players grab their chance and they certainly did so, blending in seamlessly.
James Garner summed this up with a confident strike from outside the area when he saw the goalkeeper out of position.
Angel Gomes showed bright touches, and Tahith Chong did his best to make something happen in the first half.
Mason Greenwood looked impressive, coming close to scoring on more than one occasion. He just needs that first goal to calm his nerves.
The youngsters looked at home alongside the first team stars and already seem like part of the squad.
Pogba makes a difference
We can question Paul Pogba’s heart and desire to play for United, but when he was on the pitch today he made a difference.
That’s what we wanted to see, some evidence he can kick on if he stays this season.
The young players can really benefit from his presence.
Marcus Rashford profited from his exquisite assist, slamming home a first time shot on the turn after Pogba’s flick.
Dan James a great find
Dan James was trending on Twitter in the first half after a promising 45 minutes.
A lack of focal point in attack made it difficult for James to connect with his final ball, but he was always looking.
The young winger’s pace caught the eye and he will offer a different option in attack.
This was great scouting to move to sign the Welshman, buying low on a promising player who could become a superstar.
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