Cristiano Ronaldo ‘watches’, Christian Eriksen score and Lisandro Martinez make debut in Manchester United’s pre-season win over Wrexham
Manchester United returned to action on Wednesday, defeating National League side Wrexham 4-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly encounter attended by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The encounter, which is claimed to have taken place at United’s Carrington training complex, is said to have started at 2pm, with the goal of giving stars who are lacking match sharpness the opportunity to get vital minutes.
According to the Manchester Evening News, both Ajax-signed defender Lisandro Martinez and former Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen made their unofficial debuts for their new club.
According to the article, Eriksen scored the opening goal for United before Wrexham defender Aaron Hayden equalized shortly before halftime.
Erik Ten Hag’s team then scored three times after the break, with Alejandro, Amad Diallo, and Alex Telles all scoring without reply.
It is also understood that Ronaldo was present to watch the game from the sidelines but did not participate, as talk about his future at the club lingers.
The 37-year-old had previously been absent for personal reasons but returned on Monday for negotiations with Ten Hag.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in a board meeting with Bryan Robson on Tuesday, is said to have had a brief conversation with him.
Along with the Portugal international, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, and Harry Maguire are said to have watched.
On Saturday, July 30 at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, United will meet Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
They then return a day later for Ten Hag’s first game at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano, before their season kicks off a week later at home against Brighton.