Manchester United was held to a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano in their last pre-season clash at Old Trafford, here is the breakdown of how the team was structured against their Spanish opponent.
Cristiano Ronaldo was re-installed into the team after missing out on the team’s Asia tour which is the first game of the Portuguese forward under the Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag.
Ronaldo started in the centre-forward position and was slightly supported by Christian Eriksen in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Eriksen was flanked by Tahith Chong on the left and Alejandro Garnacho on the right with the former Real Madrid star was deployed as the lone attacker.
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The double-pivot midfielders were Donny Van de Beek and James Garner, the four defenders were Ethan Laird on the right back, Raphael Varane and new signing Lisandro Martinez at the centre back and Alex Telles on the left back.
Manchester United was slightly better in the first half with 51% ball possession, nine goal attempts, one shot on goal and five shots off goal, Rayo Vallecano had 49% ball possession, three goal attempts and the same shot on goal as Manchester United.
In the second half, Manchester United had more ball possession and recorded fewer goal attempts, the home team had 59% ball possession and eight goal attempts compared to Vallecano’s 41% ball possession and nine goal attempts with the away team having three shots as against Manchester United’s two-shot on goal.
Goals from Amad Diallo and Alvaro Garcia in the 48th and 57th minute respectively ensured both teams ended the game in a 1-1 draw.
Manchester midfielder Chong played 84 minutes of the clash with many Red Devils fans not satisfied with the display of the Netherland star.
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