Erik ten Hag singles out new Manchester United combination for praise

Erik ten Hag has been full of praise for a new Manchester United combination following their final pre-season match of the summer.


Manchester United capped off their 2022 pre-season by taking on Spanish side, Rayo Vallecano.

Manchester United had faced fellow La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid on Saturday, so it was not surprising to see Erik ten Hag make a plethora of changes for his side’s tie on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen, who made his debut on Saturday from the bench, was handed his first starting berth alongside fellow new signing, Lisandro Martinez.

Elsewhere, Manchester United fans saw Cristiano Ronaldo in a United shirt for the first time this summer as the Portuguese was in from the off vs Vallecano.

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Ronaldo was taken off at half-time and left the ground before the full-time whistle, much to the annoyance of many a United fan.

On a more positive note, though, two Manchester United stars caught the eye of their manager on Sunday.

Speaking after the game, Ten Hag was full of praise for Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, who were United’s starting centre-back duo vs Vallecano:

“I think it was a really good combination with Rapha and I think they played really solid and that was good to see,” Ten Hag told MUTV. “The question is how do you integrate him, but I think he will integrate quite well into the team.”

Ten Hag’s comments do suggest that Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof will be United’s starting centre-back pair heading into 2022/23. However, it is hard to see Varane or Martinez staying on the sidelines for too long.

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Josh Barker

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