Three observations: Manchester United 4-1 Melbourne Victory

Manchester United recorded their second win under Erik ten Hag as they came from behind to defeat Melbourne Victory 4-1 at the AAMI Park stadium.

Scott McTominay levelled the scoring for United with a deflected effort from outside the box before Anthony Martial netted prior to the interval. Marcus Rashford make it 3 and a late own goal completed a quartet for the Red Devils.

The performance in Bangkok earlier this week was arguably better. However, it didn’t help that Melbourne Victory decided to sit back with a stubborn defensive line for 90 minutes. That presented a challenge to Erik ten Hag’s players because they had to fine ways to break down the A-League side. United were successful in their attempts after winning the match 4-1.

I have listed three observations I took from the game below. Enjoy and remember to subscribe to our daily Manchester United newsletter when you can get the latest round-up on our beloved club every morning.

Jadon Sancho a key player again

The winger scored in the 4-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday, and he was one of United’s most effective players again in Melbourne. He provided regular attacking threat and created several openings. Sancho played a beautiful through pass to Bruno Fernandes in the first half, only for the goalkeeper to stop the Portuguese Magnifico’s attempt on goal.

Marcus Rashford confidence booster

I wanted to see Rashford back amongst the goals on tour to give him the confidence required to hit the ground running next season. He wasted two chances against Liverpool but here, the England international kept his cool in front of goal with a clinical finish to seal the win. You can tell he’s been working hard over the summer. 

Work to be done defensively

It’s going to take time for our defence to learn the tricks of the trade when playing a high line. We’ve noticed centre-backs going on a lot of adventurous runs which is fine in non-competitive games, but I can see some teething problems brewing, which is to be expected. Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof were caught napping at the beginning for Melbourne Victory’s opener. It was evident to see Harry Maguire struggle with his lack of pace for the goal, too. Ten Hag will want to see these mistakes so he can address them on tour before the Premier League campaign gets underway.

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Next up for United is Aston Villa at the AAMI Park stadium.

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