Manchester United continued their preparations for the new season with a 3-1 victory over Ligue 1 side RC Lens at Old Trafford, despite new goalkeeper Andre Onana being beaten by a stunning halfway line strike.
There was a buzz around Old Trafford before kick-off when new Manchester United £72m signing Rasmus Hojlund was presented to the home fans.
United tried to capitalise and make a fast start but Mason Mount wasted a glorious opportunity after Bruno Fernandes’ brilliant pass released Alejandro Garnacho. The 19-year-old squared the ball for Mount, but he could not find the back of the net after failing to make a clean connection with his shot from eight yards.
United fell behind, somewhat against the run of play, in the 23rd minute and the goal came in spectacular fashion.
Sotoca pounced on some loose United passing on halfway and with Onana starting outside his own penalty area, the Lens forward went for goal and the ball dropped over the backpedalling goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Despite going behind, United continued to create chances but they went in at the break frustrated as Garnacho fired over and Antony’s strike was deflected over the crossbar.
Erik ten Haag’s roared back after the break. Antony’s pass released Marcus Rashford, who with the help of a deflection finished past Bryce Samba to bring the scores level.
Five minutes later and United were in the lead. The impressive Garnacho broke down the left before playing in Antony and the Brazilian found the far corner.
United’s quick-fire turnaround was complete with three goals in 11 minutes as Rashford’s goalbound header hit Casemiro before finding the bottom corner as the home side completed another impressive pre-season outing ahead of their return to Premier League action next weekend.
In pictures: Going, going, gone! Onana beaten by stunning strike
Manchester United’s pre-season concludes with a clash againt La Liga side Athletic Bilbao on Sunday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin; kick-off 4pm.
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Erik ten Hag’s side, who finished last third in the Premier League last season, then face a trip to Tottenham on August 19 and the visit of Nottingham Forest on August 26 before heading to Arsenal on September 3, also live on Sky Sports.
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