Derby 1-2 Manchester United FC RECAP Chong and Pellistri Goals seal the pre-season victory. Manchester United returned to action this afternoon for the first time since losing penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

The United players had been away from club football for over two months, with several missing the friendly triumph against Derby as they prepare for Euro 2020.

Derby 1-2 Manchester United FC RECAP Chong and Pellistri Goals seal the pre-season victory

United Lineup+Substitutes:

Heaton (Grant, 45), Wan-Bissaka (Galbraith, 45), Mengi (Bernard, 61), Tuanzebe (Fish, 61), Williams (Telles, 45), Levitt (Pereira, 45), Garner (Matic, 45), Elanga (Shoretire, 45), Mata (Lingard, 45), Chong (Pellistri, 45), Greenwood (Pellistri, 45). (Hugill, 45, Hannibal, 78).

Tahith Chong put United ahead in the first half after winning a high-up-the-field pass. At halftime, Ole made nine substitutions, and one of them, Facundo Pellistri, increased United’s advantage after rounding the goalie.

It was the first of five pre-season games for the Reds, and there were plenty of positives to take away, mostly from fitness and from the strong displays of several young players, including new acquisition Tom Heaton.

Jesse Lingard had a fantastic loan spell at West Ham last season.

His goals and performances drew a lot of praise, and there have been rumors of a return to the London Stadium. His future at United is definitely up in the air, but he made an excellent impression after coming on in the second half.

He made United click by smashing a beautiful attempt against the crossbar. And he gained the admiration of his supporters, who continued to shout his name. It remains to be seen if he continues at Old Trafford once the transfer season closes.

Manchester United FC: However, this game demonstrated that he is still a viable option in Solskjaer’s plans.

Ole on Lingard:

“Jesse has come back, been bright, and he wants to fight for his place. We lacked some options at times [last season]. Jesse is in the plans at the moment.”

Last season, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford battled through discomfort to avoid a lengthy injury absence.

Last season, the 23-year-old played a crucial part for both club and nation, appearing in 59 games from the start of the abbreviated season to the beginning of the Euros, averaging a game every 4.2 days.

He is scheduled to have shoulder surgery later this summer in an effort to heal an injury suffered in November of last year, with painkillers and injections administered to allow Rashford to continue playing.

On Rashford’s injury: 

“We are looking at the best options. He went away to reflect on it a little bit. We have to take the best course of action for him and the club. We are still addressing that with the experts.”

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