Man United vs Atletico Madrid : Manchester United provided a glimpse at the possible starting lineup for the upcoming Premier League opener during a 1-1 friendly defeat against Spanish team Atletico Madrid during an event that was played in Norway. It was Erik Ten Hag’s first loss as manager following three draws and three wins in preseason.
Man United have one final preseason match scheduled for this Sunday in Old Trafford before the start of the season-long competitive league schedule against Brighton one week later the same time on the same day at Old Trafford. Another Spanish team, Rayo Vallecano, will be the opposition to close out the preseason on July 31 as well as Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to get his first chance to play during the match.
A goal that came in three minutes before the end of time scored atletico’s Joao Felix decided the match in Oslo however it was an unforgiving outcome for a confident United team that generated several chances. Man United ‘keeper David De Gea who enjoyed been in a calm afternoon, could not stop the Felix strike, which was blocked by his teammate protecting the play.
A new United player Lisandro Martinez didn’t play any time, but Christian Eriksen came off the bench to make his Manchester United debut after playing in a closed-door scrimmage Wrexham earlier during the week. The quality of his play was evident in the way he created two chances in the span of minutes following his introduction. Jadon Sancho was unable to play in the game after he fell ill during the night.
Man United applied themselves throughout the game, working hard to get the ball back. And they did not back down from Atletico Madrid’s physical approach. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga made attempts at goal, Harry Maguire was dangerous with the corners and Facundo Pellistri was even given a last-minute shot at goal which was blocked. One thing that was not good to United is the red handed out by Fred for a knock on Alvaro Morata in the final minute , which could lead to the possibility suspension of Fred against Brighton. The Brazilian midfielder, however, had an outstanding performance.
Manchester United vs. Atletico Madrid final score
ATL — Joao Felix — 87th min.
Manchester United lineup:
Manchester United lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): De Gea (GK) — Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Malacia — Fred, McTominay (Van de Beek 69′) — Elanga (Pellistri 76′, Garner 90′), Fernandes, Rashford — Martial (Eriksen 69′)
Atletico Madrid lineups:
Atletico Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 13-Jan Oblak (GK) — 16-Nahuel Molina, 15-Stefan Savic, 2-Jose Maria Gimenez, 23-Reinildo — 14-Marcos Llorente, 4-Geoffrey Kondogbia, 11-Thomas Lemar — 10-Angel Correa, 9-Matheus Cunha, 21-Yannick Carrasco
Atletico Madrid 60th minute (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Ivo Grbic (GK) — 24-Daniel Wass, 20-Axel Witsel, 23-Reinildo — 28-Sergio Diez, 5-Rodrigo de Paul, 6-Koke, 17-Saul Niguez — 8-Antoine Griezmann, 19-Alvaro Morata, 7-Joao Felix