Sunday, 30 July 2017

Valerenga vs Manchester United




Our match in Norway finishes with Manchester United victors. Goals from Fellaini, Lukaku and McTominay are enough to secure a 3-0 win over Valerenga.

The first half was probably the most boring half of football I have ever seen, and yes, worse than against Real Salt Lake. No chances were being created and there was no movement. Just as I was about to fall into a deep sleep, Fellaini scored on the stroke of half time. A cross from the right hand side was headed towards goal by Fellaini. The ball deflected off a Valerenga defender and ended up in the back of the net.

The second half on the other hand was the complete opposite. Within five minutes of kick off, Lukaku had the ball in the back off the net after just coming on. A delightful ball into the box from a Pereira corner was met by the head of the Belgian striker to double United's lead.

Our third goal was scored by Scott McTominay. After a delightful turn in the box, McTominay curled the ball into the top corner of the goal. It was a lovely bit of skill and play by the midfielder who spent a lot of last season playing up top for the U23s who were struggling without a striker.

One important thing to note about these pre season games is that we have performed better with our youth. The teams which on paper look like a very strong line up have been very disappointing in many games and the so called "weaker teams" have played much better.

A player which needs to be highlighted is Andreas Pereira. The skilful Brazilian has been a bright spark in our pre season and has shown his worth. Last seasons loan spell to Granada seems to have done him wonders and he seems more determined than ever to become a regular at the club he loves. Hopefully this season will mark the start of his Manchester United career. I honesty think that if Pereira can become a regular at Manchester United this season, he can make as much of an impact as Dele Alli. He had the talent, there's no doubt about that.

After today's game, we need to show some appreciation to our young players. Fosu Mensah, Tuanzebe, Mitchell and McTominay were all exceptional. We clearly have a very bright future ahead of us. These players can take us far and hopefully they will be given chances this season.

Our next game is against Sampdoria on Wednesday. This is our last pre season friendly. The game after that is against Real Madrid in the Super Cup final, which we will want to win. Let's hope we can end this pre season tour with a win and a good performance to put us in a good position for the Super Cup!

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