In a perfect world for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his Manchester United side would have convincingly won all of their pre-season friendlies and the entire team would have survived unscathed into the new season.
However, on Saturday, the Queens Park Rangers spoiled this ideal result by beating United 4-2 in the second half. But with more minutes for each member of the Red Devils’ field squad, it was still a worthwhile ride for Solskjaer’s squad, as the Premier League campaign is only three weeks away.
Here are three things we learned from defeat.
Jesse Lingard continues to insist
For Jesse Lingard, it was a case in which he returned from exactly where he left off last season on loan at West Ham.
After an impressive performance in Manchester United’s first pre-season win over Derby, he was on the scoresheet in just three minutes.
Mason Greenwood found Facundo Pellistri, who passed the ball to the England player, and he promptly landed a sideways kick past Seni Dieng. The 28-year-old was eager to participate in everything United did in the future; he constantly pointed out where he would like to play with the ball and tried to get those dangerous runs behind.
Solskjaer, whose new three-year contract was announced a few hours before the start of the match, does not need these preseason games to know Lingard’s potential.
“Jesse is back, he was brilliant, he wants to fight for his place, and there is nothing better than seeing the players want to fight for their place,” Solskjaer said after beating Derby.
“He came seven or eight days later than the others, but he is naturally a healthy boy. He is a man, he played with several boys, but he is one of the men. ”
While he was one of the standout players in United’s first two preseason games, the bigger question for Lingard is how and whether he can fit into Solskjaer’s first team plans when competitive action kicks off in three weeks.
“What he did at the end of last season is the real Jesse, this is what we know he is capable of, and I think by the end we saw that sometimes we were lacking some options and Jesse is in the plans for now, yes, ”Solskjaer said.
It depends on what level Lingard is in these plans, whether he is happy with what his manager has prepared for him. It is understood that Solskjaer hopes to play in a more attacking 4-3-3 formation next season, which could lead to them starting with one holding midfielder and opening up the opportunity for more attacking options. Which, at first glance, might be good news for Lingard.
But this, he said, is Jesse Lingard 2.0. And he wants to start regularly wherever he plays. It is unlikely that he will oust Bruno Fernandez from the team in his favorite No. 10 position, and while he can play wide, Solskjaer has a variety of options and this is not his ideal position.
With a number of teams showing interest in signing him, it will be a tough decision for both Solskjaer and Lingard as to what is best for him next season.
Youth need loans
Center-back Will Fish was United’s last young player to receive a loan. The club confirmed Friday that it will join the Stockport County National League to launch a new campaign. Fish got the final 10 minutes on Loftus Road, but Saturday night showed he isn’t the only young player to benefit from the loan.
Charlie Austin managed to get between Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi too easily to level the score, and they both benefit from a regular season. Mengi impressed on loan at Derby in the second half of last season and Tuanzebe is expected to be eliminated this season.
Under-23 football does not present enough challenges for them to improve, and at times, as they fought a more prepared championship team, it was obvious that regular adult football would go a long way in their decision-making. confidence and consistency.
Expect many of those who played in the second half to go on loan this season.
The result is not a reason to panic
When United lost 4-1, QPR fans sang, “Can we play with you every week?” And then followed the inevitable Ole Out tweets on social media. As was predictable the day it was announced that the Norwegians had signed a new three-year contract.
There were also screams from some parts about the signing of a contract with Real Madrid defender Rafael Varan. United have an interest in a center-back and are working on a deal, but that has nothing to do with the shows center-backs Teden Mengi and Axel Tuanzebe.
In fact, when these lyrics were played around the stands, the U23 team was on the field, which included Juan Mata and Lee Grant, as well as Shola Shoretir, Joe Hugill, Hannibal Maybri, D’Sean Bernard, James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Ethan. Galbraith and Fish. They scored three goals in seven minutes, but it was a learning curve nonetheless.
Ylanga fulfilled his goal well after missing out on a previous chance, and at times they all showed glimpses of potential to benefit from the loan period.
All outfield players benefited from more minutes, there were no injuries and Solskjaer had another opportunity to experiment. It was not a perfect result, but not one that will have anything to do with anything in the future, definitely not to be hysterical.