Manchester United concedes a draw for the return of Cristiano Ronaldo

The Red Devils’ last pre-season game, this Manchester United-Rayo Vallecano sounded like a sigh of relief for Mancunian fans. Because for the first time since Erik ten Hag took office, Cristiano Ronaldo was on the team sheet and could begin his preparation in front of his Old Trafford audience. Lined up alone at the forefront of the attack, the Portuguese was supported by Chong, Garnacho and new recruit Eriksen. New defender Martinez was also making his debut alongside Varane.

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Beaten in the last moments by Atl├ętico de Madrid on Saturday, in Oslo (0-1), the Red Devils had to finish their preparation well before starting the serious things. And the meeting was quickly dominated by United, much more in legs than their Spanish opponent. Ronaldo, long hailed by his audience for his return, also offered the first strike of the game (12th). The best opportunity came from Eriksen, whose recovery at the entrance to the area touched the left post (30th).

Ronaldo released at half-time

Dominant, Manchester could not find the back of the net and could have been surprised by Falcao, taking advantage of a marking by Varane that was far too lax (38th). Finally, it took until the second half to see the Red Devils realize their opportunities. Without Ronaldo, logically out at half-time due to his lack of physicality, Alex Telles could attempt a powerful recovery pushed back by Lopez… directly on Diallo who tore himself away to push the ball into the goal (1-0, 48th).

But a few moments later, Garcia, on a counter-attack from Rayo, could take a shot deflected by Heaton and equalize on a similar action at the opener (1-1, 57th). Unable to return to their match, Manchester United therefore logically conceded a draw before starting the Premier League season on August 7 against Brighton. Rayo Vallecano obtains a good result before a first in La Liga which promises to be difficult on the lawn of FC Barcelona on August 13.

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