Man Utd concluded their final friendly of pre-season with an impressive 4-0 win against Everton.
Mason Greenwood opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes and Harry Maguire doubled United’s lead soon after. Bruno Fernandes then impressed the crowd with a beautiful freekick on his return back to Manchester following his Euros campaign. And Diogo Dalot’s injury-time goal was the cherry on top.
Let’s take a look at what we can learn from the home side’s latest outing before they head into their Premier League opener next week:
1. Return of Senior Players Was a Significant Boost
The Red Devils were left with quite a young squad going into pre-season as several senior players had reported for international duty due to Euro 2020. Key players such as Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Fernandes were all on extended holidays and only made their return to club football today.
Moreover, their game time will be crucial for match fitness ahead of the Leeds United fixture.
2. Confidence Boost Before Premier League Opening Week
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked shaky against Queens Park Rangers and Brentford. And since the game against Preston North End had to be called off, the players did not get a chance at redeeming themselves.
Saturday’s convincing win will be a great boost before they face a tough side like Marcelo Bielsa’s.
3. Carlo Ancelotti Has Left Rafael Benitez With Quite a Bit of Work
The Italian left the Merseyside outfit abruptly as an offer from Real Madrid came by and was replaced by Benitez.
Clearly, the Spaniard is faced with several issues to fix and stabilise Everton following Ancelotti’s early departure and truly make this squad his own.
Solskjaer will be happy with his side’s activity in pre-season and in the transfer market. It will be amusing to see how much more the new arrivals can improve this already impressive team.