Quick Bit: Manchester United produced their most impressive performance of pre-season with a 3-1 defeat of Crystal Palace at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday.
Manchester United produced their most impressive performance of pre-season with a 3-1 defeat of Crystal Palace at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday.
The Red Devils attacking trio of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all got on the scoresheet as Erik ten Hag’s side thrilled in attack, albeit while looking shaky defensively.
Martial – whose career at United looked in doubt after being loaned to Sevilla last season – opened the scoring with a wonderful finish following a delightful cross from Diego Dalot.
Despite Palace creating a couple of half-chances on the break, United dominated the half but didn’t get the second goal until after the break.
United scored a wonderful team goal which saw Rashford side-foot into an empty net after Donny van de Beek, Martial and Sancho completely sliced the Palace defence.
Only 10 minutes later, it was three, as Martial played Sancho through on goal, with the English winger finishing clinically after dummying the goalkeeper.
After teams changed most of the players the field, Palace got more involved in the game, with Joel Ward heading a consolation goal for Patrick Vieira’s team.
Is Anthony Martial back?
Martial’s career at United looked all but over last season, after he was loaned to Sevilla and struggled to have an impact.
But the talented French attacker appears to have a new lease of life under Ten Hag, with the attacking style of play appearing to suit him.
Martial has scored in all three United pre-season matches with the 26-year-old thriving in an attack that features extensive support from full-backs and central midfielders.
It will be interesting to see where Martial fits in at United, with Cristiano Ronaldo still in the picture at Old Trafford despite rumours of a move away.
Luke Shaw sent a message by Ten Hag
With Ten Hag selecting what appeared to be his best XI with players that were available, it was interesting to see new signing Tyrell Malacia selected at left back.
The 22-year-old Dutchman put in another exceptional performance in the position, looking adept both attacking and defensively.
Malacia showcased his ability with a brilliant pass to fellow full Dalot to help set up the opening goal.
It’s going to be a tough fight for United’s left back role with both Luke Shaw and Alex Telles also competing for the position.
Man United vs. Crystal Palace score (full time)
Manchester United – Anthony Martial (Diego Dalot) – 18th minute
Manchester United – Marcus Rashford (Donny van de Beek) – 49th minute
Manchester United – Jadon Sancho (Anthony Martial) – 59th minute
Crystal Palace – Joel Ward (Malcolm Eboiwei) – 74th minute
Man United vs. Crystal Palace live updates, highlights from Australia friendly
Full time: Manchester United 3-1 Crystal Palace.
An impressive performance from United’s first team regulars. All three of United’s strikers on the scoresheet with the Red Devils playing some sizzling football. Palace battled hard and managed to pull a goal back in the second half.
90th min: There will be three minutes of added on time.
85th min: From the resulting free kick, Banks smashes the ball well over the bar.
84th min: Red card for Will Fish. The young Red Devils centre back drags back Akinwale as the striker was about to stream through on goal.
83rd min: The Red Devils are reduced to fledgling attacks on the counter with Palace controlling the match in recent minutes.
80th min: United have been under significant pressure since they took their first teamers off.
76th min: More changes from Palace. On comes Siddik, O’Brien, M.Boateng, Akinwale, Banks.
Off goes Milivojevi?, Ward, Andersen, Ebiowei, Ayew.
74th min: Goal! Palace get a reward. Joel Ward heads home from the corner after making excellent connection at the near post. The momentum is all in Palace’s favour now.
74th min: Ola-Adebomi threatens De Gea with a header but the Spaniard parries the ball clear.
73rd min: All the changes made by each team have stifled the momentum of the game. Palace look more threatening too.
69th min: Palace have taken off Mitchell, Rak-Sakyi, Clyne, Mateta, Phillips.
They have brought on Adaramola, Raymond, Ozoh, Ola-Adebomi, Quick.
68th min: Below is Man Utd’s current team including all their changes.
64th min: Mateta has the ball in the back of the net from close range but he is correctly flagged for being offside. Here come the mass substitutions. Will get them across to you.
59th min: Goal! United are running rampant. Sancho sidefoots past Matthews after a sweeping counter-attack. Martial with a wonderful first-time pass to put Sancho through on goal. Sizzling stuff from the Red Devils.
58th min: Fernandes makes a horrible error bringing the down from a Palace clearance. The ball ends up with Mateta through on goal but he is forced to shoot early and De Gea saves comfortably.
57th min: Ayew brings down Fernandes and is given a yellow card. Bruno is angry. Fred remonstrates. And there is a push-and-shove in a friendly. That’s what we like to see!
55th min: United are on fire this half. Fernandes is found in space by a wonderful ball from Dalot but he smashes the shot well over the bar from a tight angle.
52nd min: Martial threatens again down the left. He pulls the ball back for Fernandes, who lets it run for Van de Beek. Unfortunately the Dutch midfielder couldn’t make good connection.
48th min: Goal! What a goal from United. The Red Devils absolutely slice up Palace. Martial picks the ball up on the break, feeds Van de Beek, who slips through Sancho. Instead of shooting, Sancho gives it back to Van de Beek, who squares for Rashford – with an easy tap in resulting. Absolutely beautiful football.
48th min: Van de Beek was disappointing for United during his limited opportunities last season. Will be fare better under compatriot and his former Ajax boss Ten Hag.
46th min: Crystal Palace are unchanged for the second half.
46th min: One change for Man Utd. Donny van de Beek is given an opportunity in midfield as replacement for Scott McTominay.
Second half: We are back underway here at the MCG. There has been some changes. Will communicate them as soon as possible.
Half-time: Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace.
A generally impressive attacking performance from the Red Devils. Martial scores again in pre-season, with Sancho, Rashford and Fernandes looking dangerous. They will be concerned with the ease of how Palace created a few chances however.
46th min: There will be three minutes of added on time.
45th min: Palace give the ball away to McTominay in a dangerous position. The ball finds it way to Sancho, via a Martial flick, but the English winger tries to cross instead of shooting and the chance doesn’t come.
44th min: Fred launches a shot over the bar after another corner was cleared by Palace.
41st min: Maguire nearly scores with his feet. An unlikely statement there. After a corner was cleared, Martial played a low ball into the United captain, who swivelled and drilled a shot just wide of the post – hitting the back stanchion of the net.
38th min: Rashford curls in a wonderful ball in the danger zone between goalkeeper and defenders. Matthews hesitates and gets a touch on it as Martial was arriving at the back post. United edging closer to a second.
36th min: Mateta is one-on-one with Lindelof heading down the left channel but the Swiss defender does enough and Maguire gets across to help snuff out the danger.
35th min: United threaten once again. Sancho is slipped through, he pulls it back to Dalot but the full-back can’t get the ball under control. It’s been a big feature of United’s play in pre-season – both full-bucks bombing forward.
32nd min: Martial is receiving attention to his face after copping a knock. He will be okay. It’s been a good start in pre-season by the French attacker. It looked as if his United career was over last season. Maybe he has a future at Old Trafford?
28th min: United will be disappointed at how easily Palace have been able to carve out a couple of chances despite limited possession. The Red Devils defence feels vulnerable.
27th min: Rak-Sakyi terrorises Lindelof, turning him inside-out in the penalty box but Maguire gets across to make a crucial block as the Palace attacker struck a shot on goal.
26th min: Good quality match for a friendly. Both teams looking to attack with pace. United look extremely dangerous. Palace look to present a threat on the break.
21st min: After going a goal behind, Palace have their own good moments in attack. Ebiowei cuts in from the right, beats two defenders but his near-post is parried by De Gea. From the resulting corner, a header is flashed just wide.
18th min: Goal! Dalot receives the ball in space on the right-side of the box, he clips a ball into the back post, where Martial chests it down and stabs it past Matthews. 1-0 Manchester United.
14th min: Crowd looks magnificent here at the MCG. What a venue it is.
13th min: Remi Matthews will be the replacement goalkeeper for Butland. It’s a big chance for the 28-year-old, who is likely third choice in the pecking order.
11th min: It appears as if Butland has hurt his hand while making that save from Martial. He is getting medical attention currently. Vicente Guaita is warming up.
10th min: What a save from Jack Butland. Fred slid Martial into the box but his low drive was excellently blocked. The flag stayed down. Looked tight. Good start from United.
8th min: Been a fast start by United. They are looking to move the ball quickly. A bit different from the laboured ball movement of last season.
6th min: Maguire is definitely copping it from sections of the crowd. Not sure if it’s United or Palace fans. After the Red Devils captain made a crucial intervention, there was loud cheers however.
3rd min: It actually sounds like Harry Maguire is being booed by sections of the crowd when he is on the ball.
2nd min: It looks as if Ten Hag has picked his best United team tonight – with players that are available. It’s interesting to see Tyrell Malacia preferred at left back over Luke Shaw and Alex Telles.
1st min: After Harry Maguire passes the ball out of play to some bronx cheers, United attack down the right, with Martial slipped the ball just outside the area, he fizzes a shot at goal but it rises over the bar.
Kickoff: Man Utd have kicked off the match. Wearing their new white away kit they unveiled on Saturday.
2 mins until kickoff: The atmosphere looks electric at the MCG.
5 mins until kickoff: Crystal Palace will be looking for further progression under manager Patrick Vieira after finishing 12th in the league last season.
10 mins until kickoff: It was interesting to see Man Utd’s players grasping Ten Hag’s different style of play against Melbourne Victory. Will we see an improvement tonight?
15 mins until kickoff: The crowd is building once again at the MCG. There was 74,000 at the Man Utd v Melbourne Victory game last Friday night.
30 mins until kickoff: Erik ten Hag spoke about what he wants to see from his Manchester United players.
55 mins until kickoff: Tonight’s match will start at 8.10pm local time (AEST), 11.10am (BST) 6.10am (ET).
60 mins until kickoff: Manchester United has named a strong starting XI featuring Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial.
65 mins until kickoff: Crystal Palace has released their starting XI for tonight’s match.
180 mins until kickoff: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the friendly match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.
Man United vs. Crystal Palace lineups
Man United starting XI and substitutes
Starting XI: De Gea; Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Malacia; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Rashford, Sancho, Martial.
Subs: Heaton, Kovar, Bailly, Amad, Shaw, Alex Telles, Pellistri, Wan-Bissaka, Van de Beek, Elanga, Laird, Chong, Hannibal, Fish, Garnacho, Savage, Iqbal.
Crystal Palace starting XI and substitutes
Starting XI: Butland; Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Mitchell; Rak-Sakyi, Milivojevic, Phillips, Ayew; Ebiowei, Mateta.
Subs: Guaita, Matthews, Rooney, Quick, O’Brien, Siddik, Adaramola, M. Boateng, Raymond, Ozoh, Banks, Edouard, Street, Akinwale, Ola-Adebomi.
How to watch Man United vs. Crystal Palace
In Australia, the match will be televised on 10 Bold and streamed for free on 10 Play.
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Which players could feature in Man United vs. Crystal Palace?
New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has brought a strong and large playing squad to Australia.
Against Victory, the Red Devils made 10 changes at half-time as plenty of players got some minutes under their belt.
New signing Tyrell Malacia is yet to start a game in pre-season and may get his chance against Crystal Palace.
David de Gea missed the Victory game with a minor knock but returned to full training over the weekend.
Palace are lacking some of their star power on this trip around Asia after they were forced to leave several first-team players, including Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, behind.
Former England international Jack Butland wasn’t used against Liverpool last time out and will be hoping to be named in goal this time around against United.
Manchester United squad
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Nathan Bishop, Matej Kovar
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Ethan Laird, Axel Tuanzebe, Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ethan Laird, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia
Midfielders: Amad Diallo, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay, Hannibal Mejbri, Facundo Pellistri, Charlie Savage, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, James Garner, Zidane Iqbal
Forwards: Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga, Alejandro Garnacho, Tahith Chong, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
Crystal Palace squad
Goalkeepers: Vicente Guaita, Jack Butland, Remi Matthews
Defenders: Joachim Andersen, Nathaniel Clyne, Tyrick Mitchell, Joel Ward, Tayo Adaramola, Jake O’Brien, Cardo Siddik, Dan Quick, Kaden Rodney
Midfielders: Luka Milivojevic, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Malcolm Ebiowei, Jadan Raymond, Malachi Boateng, David Ozoh, Killian Phillips, Scott Banks
Forwards: Jean-Philippe Mateta, Odsonne Edouard, Jordan Ayew, Rob Street, Victor Akinwale, Ademola Ola-Adebomi
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