Manchester United returned from their tour of Australia over the weekend, and they have added an additional pre-season friendly to their calendar.
Erik ten Hag’s men faced Wrexham in a behind-closed-doors match at Carrington on Wednesday. The Dutch coach planned an extra game to give minutes to newcomers and players who were not usually featured in Australia.
Let’s go over the four most important things that transpired this afternoon as United cruised to a 4-1 victory over the National League club:
1. The debut of Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez
Eriksen and Martinez were officially introduced as the new Red Devils this week, and they made their debut together. The Argentine center-back joined Raphael Varane in defense, while Eriksen led the creative charge from the No. 10 spot.
Ten Hag’s tenacity persuaded United to pay more than £50 million for Martinez. As a result, it came as no surprise that he began playing on the same day his signing was revealed. To be ready for the first Premier League match, the former Ajax man would need to play as many minutes as possible in the remaining friendlies.
Eriksen and Martinez were both taken off at halftime with the score tied 1-1.
2. Dane Scores First Goal
Eriksen scored his first goal with a typical free kick from the edge of the box.
Brentford benefited greatly from the Danish international’s set-piece skill last season. United could add significant goals to their record this season if Ten Hag can find a method to keep Cristiano Ronaldo out of such scenarios and instead give Eriksen the duty of finding the net from a distance.
Wrexham defender Aaron Hayden equalized before the break and mimicked Ronaldo’s “Siuuuu” celebration.
3. Young Stars in Action
United’s teenagers grabbed charge in the second half, defeating the non-league opponents owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
Alejandro Garnacho did not play in Thailand or Australia, but he made his debut count by regaining Manchester United’s advantage. Amad Diallo added another goal to put the game out of reach for the visitors. Alex Telles scored United’s fourth and final goal of the day.
4. Ronaldo Is Present
This week, the Portuguese returned to the club’s training grounds to underline his wish to depart. He did not play against Wrexham, although he did witness his teammates triumph 4-1. Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, and Harry Maguire were among those present.
It is unknown whether Ronaldo will be available for United’s next friendly. Atletico Madrid, the latest club associated with the 37-year-old, will face the Red Devils.