Manchester United suffered a defeat in pre-season on Saturday at QPR.
United were beaten 4-2 after conceding three quickfire goals in the second half, having gone in 1-1 at half-time. Jesse Lingard scored the game’s opener while Anthony Elanga pulled a goal back.
Charlie Austin equalised for QPR after losing Teden Mengi inside the box to receive a cross in plenty of space to finish. There seemed to be a lack of communication at the back on United’s part.
The start to the second half got even tougher as QPR scored three quickfire goals, the second of which was particularly avoidable on United’s part.
Mengi sent a message after the game illustrating his approach to the result. He is using it as an important learning experience.
The partnership between Mengi and Axel Tuanzebe was made to pay for any lapses in this game against a good QPR side. Against Derby a week ago any errors went unpunished.
The result was a harsh lesson for United’s youngsters and fringe players who featured. Defensively it was a reminder of the quality lacking when key figures like Harry Maguire is out, who adds so much in terms of organisation and being vocal to help the rest of his teammates.
Comments from other young United players who featured echoed Mengi’s sentiments. Di’Shon Bernard, a late substitute, and Hannibal, both said they were glad to get playing time.
The game was a good experience for the young players, and the likes of Hannibal and Bernard were among those who came on late and helped the team rally from three goals down to pull a goal back and come close to scoring more.
The same group of players could get to go again in midweek at home to Brentford. Some senior stars will return to training on Monday but may not be ready to take part in a game so soon.
Wednesday’s match is also at the comforts of Old Trafford in front of United supporters. As vocal as the away fans were at Loftus Road, it should make for a more positive experience being back on home turf.
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