Manchester United have made three wins out of three games on their pre-season tour as Erik ten Hag continues his winning run.
After wins against Liverpool and Melbourne Victory, Ten Hag’s philosophy is getting increasingly clear on the pitch and although Tuesday’s win is by the smallest margins thus far, it can be argued that it was the most significant.
Ten Hag opted to play his first-team regulars for longer than 45 minutes, with only Donny van de Beek introduced as a half-time substitute.
As a result, United completely dominated proceedings until just past the hour-mark when major changes ensued and the game’s intensity dropped.
David de Gea – 6
Forced to make one decent save in the second half but should have kept Joel Ward’s header out.
Diogo Dalot – 8
His impressive form on tour continues and will fancy his chances of starting the Premier League curtain-raiser against Brighton.
Harry Maguire – 9
Completely unfazed by the boos from the stands, Maguire delivered a near-perfect performance. Range of passing was on point.
Victor Lindelof – 8
Much like his partner in crime, didn’t do much wrong.
Tyrell Malacia – 8
A bit too eager at times and that cost him but played a huge role in the early opener.
Fred – 8
Another solid performance from the Brazilian.
Scott McTominay – 7
He doesn’t do friendlies and it showed. It’s increasingly obvious that Ten Hag favours his tenacious style over Donny van de Beek, who is yet to start a game.
Bruno Fernandes – 8
A complete metamorphosis has been made over the summer. The Portuguese magnifico recycles the ball to perfection and takes fewer risks – presumably exactly what the manager has asked him to do. He might not score as many as he has done in the past but keeping things ticking over will be his main objective going forward.
Jadon Sancho – 9
Another sublime performance from the winger and he’s one third of a frightening trio Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been proud of.
Marcus Rashford – 9
Goals in back-to-back games for the 24-year-old and that’s crucial. Confidence is high and the smile is back – exactly what you want to see.
Anthony Martial – 9
Three goals in as many games and his performances are a far cry from the outings that earned him a frosty relationship with supporters. Work rate is at an all-time high and if he keeps this up, the prospect of losing Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be that bad.