Andreas Pereira’s outrageous volley lit up Manchester United’s 2-2 pleasant draw with Premier League new boys Brentford in entrance of 30,000 followers at Previous Trafford on Wednesday evening.
It was a match of nice targets, began by 19-year-old Anthony Elanga earlier than Brentford’s Shandon Baptiste hit a swerving volleyed effort that went in off the woodwork.
Pereira’s beautiful purpose early within the second half was the choose of the bunch nevertheless it didn’t show the winner as substitute Bryan Mbeumo curled house neatly to make sure it completed all sq.. Right here, Sportsmail picks out 5 issues we discovered from the sport as the brand new Premier League season approaches.
Andreas Pereira’s beautiful volley lit up Manchester United’s 2-2 pleasant draw with Brentford
Brentford ahead Bryan Mbeumo curled house neatly late on to make sure the Bees obtained a draw
Lingard presents one thing completely different to Fernandes
Jesse Lingard injected new life into his profession along with his performances out on mortgage at West Ham from January onwards.
There was speak over whether or not he would go away Previous Trafford completely this summer season however, on this proof, he seems to be a menace and any person Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ought to hold round.
Positive, Lingard will largely play second fiddle to Bruno Fernandes for the No 10 position within the Premier League and Champions League however the England worldwide positively presents one thing completely different.
We noticed him choose the ball up between Brentford’s midfield and defence on numerous events after which flip and drive at tempo in the direction of their purpose. Fernandes operates extra as a playmaker however Lingard’s directness might be helpful in opposition to groups who sit deep.
Solskjaer additionally likes to play on the counter in huge video games and Lingard’s tempo and vitality would see him flourish in that system, too. Lingard’s time at West Ham has clearly stuffed him with confidence and he might be like a brand new signing for United this season.
Jesse Lingard seemed sharp as he ran on the Brentford defence and brought on numerous issues
Elanga seems to be prepared for the Premier League
Elanga scored a wonderful purpose in final weekend’s pleasant defeat in opposition to Queens Park Rangers and continued his spectacular kind with one other wonderful show right here.
He began up entrance as a lone striker with Lingard, Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood in assist however positively didn’t look out of his depth.
The 19-year-old got here brief to hyperlink play, drifted round to seek out house and drag Brentford’s defenders out of place and was at all times prepared to make darting runs in behind along with his tempo.
He additionally made it two targets in two video games with a wonderful acrobatic volley to open the scoring, adjusting his physique with ease to transform Wan-Bissaka’s cross. There was speak he might go on mortgage however he seems to be able to make an affect now.
With Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho nonetheless on vacation and Anthony Martial working his method again from his knee harm, Elanga might be a menace off the bench within the first few weeks of the season.
Anthony Elanga netted the sport’s opening purpose and continued his spectacular pre-season kind
Tuanzebe must exit on mortgage
With the approaching £42million arrival of Raphael Varane from Actual Madrid, the probabilities of Axel Tuanzebe getting common first-team soccer at United this season are slim.
He performed within the coronary heart of United’s again 4 with Teden Mengi on Wednesday evening and the children had been responsible of some mis-placed passes and errors of judgement, which is to be anticipated as they develop.
However, on the age of 23, Tuanzebe wants common first-team soccer on the prime degree if he’s to ever develop right into a Premier League centre again.
With Varane anticipated to companion Harry Maguire in Solskjaer’s first-choice defence, that leaves Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Tuanzebe in reserve.
There can be loads of Premier League sides prepared to take Tuanzebe on mortgage for the season. It looks like it might be the neatest transfer for all concerned to let him exit and play frequently.
Axel Tuanzebe may gain advantage with a mortgage transfer so he can get common Premier League minutes
Matic and Mata nonetheless have a lot to supply
There was a lot speak of latest arrivals at Previous Trafford this summer season that it is simple to neglect the expertise that’s already on the membership.
Solskjaer has a lot younger, thrilling expertise at his disposal however they want loads of expertise round them to hold them within the powerful moments and guarantee they attain their full potential.
Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata are 32 and 33 respectively however each seemed in nice situation on Wednesday evening as they dominated the midfield space.
Matic was at his greatest breaking apart Brentford’s assaults earlier than distributing the ball to those that are higher additional up the pitch.
Mata was his elegant self on the ball. His contact is nearly as good as ever and he hyperlinks the play from the again 4 or holding midfielders to the attacking trio forward of him.
There may be loads of pleasure for Rashford, Sancho, Fernandes, Greenwood, Paul Pogba and Martial to play collectively however the likes of Mata and Matic have confirmed they will nonetheless minimize it on the highest degree for Solskjaer.
Nemanja Matic (left) and Juan Mata (proper) each proved they’ve a lot nonetheless to supply United
Brentford may cause a stir within the Premier League
The Bees are one thing of an unknown amount this season. No one is aware of what to anticipate from them as they make their top-flight return.
However, on this proof, there may be a lot to be enthusiastic about. Positive, it is only a pre-season pleasant however they greater than held their very own and brought on United loads of issues within the second half.
David Raya is a wonderful goalkeeper, Ethan Pinnock seems to be composed in defence, Vitaly Janelt seemed stable in midfield whereas Bryan Mbeumo, Sergi Canos and Tariqe Fosu all seemed harmful on the flanks.
Thomas Frank’s Brentford aspect held their very own at Previous Trafford and shall be harmful this season
Ivan Toney seems to be like he’ll be a nightmare for Premier League defences. He was at all times searching for the ball into ft or competing with defenders for lengthy balls from the goalkeeper.
He had a few possibilities to get himself on the scoresheet however made the improper resolution in and across the penalty space.
It will likely be powerful for them to retain their top-flight standing however, primarily based on this proof, Thomas Frank’s aspect will certainly shock just a few individuals when the season will get underway subsequent month.