Manchester United 4 Melbourne Victory 1: Erik ten Hag’s strong pre-season start continues with Rashford and Martial back in goals


ANTHONY MARTIAL made it two goals in two games as he bids to prove there is still some life left in his Manchester United career.

At 26 years old the forward should be at the peak of his powers right now.

Instead he found himself out the team and unwanted not only by United but in Sevilla last season where he went on loan.

But can Erik Ten Hag work some magic and get him back to the form that saw him get a best of 23 goals in a season back in 2019-20?

His clever clipped finish in the 4-0 win over Liverpool in Bangkok showed he has not lost his eye for goal and it was followed by a poacher’s finish in this victory in Australia over Melbourne Victory.

That made it two wins in two for new boss Ten Hag as they came from a goal down to earn this in front of 74,157 fans.

After the light show in the stadium pre-kick off there was fireworks on the pitch when Melbourne Victory took a surprise lead after just four minutes.

Luke Shaw was caught out of position allowing home wing-back Ben Folami to charge down the right flank.

Victor Lindelof could not get across to block the cross which was perfectly rolled into the feet of Chris Ikonomidis in the centre of the box to side foot home.

Victory supporters in raptures and soon there would be chants of “sacked in the morning” directed at Ten Hag from a giddy bunch of them behind one goal.

United responded and Jadon Sancho was brilliant again as he had been in Bangkok when he opened the scoring in the win over Liverpool.

Ten Hag is charged with not only integrating the new players the club are battling to get in but revive those whose careers flagged last season.

Sancho’s did not even get off the ground.

But there have been very good signs in the opening two games.

He has been sliding teammates through, wrong footing defenders to get good crosses in and having a pop at goal himself.

It was his fine through ball on 25 minutes that gave Bruno Fernandes a chance and his shot was only denied by a fine save from Paul Izzo.

Diogo Dalot was getting forward and overlapping Sancho, enabling him to cut inside, and the pair clicked to good effect when the former set up the latter with a pull-back from the byline.

The final shot was deflected wide and Shaw’s resulting corner was headed onto the roof of the net by Harry Maguire.

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