Manchester United erged to warm up ahead of their final pre-season match against Rayo Vallecano to loud applause. Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club but he applauded the Stretford End, who applauded back and eventually sang his name.
Ronaldo’s return against Rayo Vallecano was the story of the weekend at Old Trafford, but the game was an opportunity for the club’s youngsters and fringe players to make their mark. Alejandro Garnacho has been desperate for such a chance this summer. Garnacho was on United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia but he didn’t make a single appearance across those four games.
Erik ten Hag has had limited time to prepare for the new season and he’s preferred to name strong starting line ups, with a view to preparing for the new season. That approach has been understandable but it’s restricted minutes for some youngsters.