Man U 1- R’ Vallecano 1: Man Utd End Pre Season With A Draw

By Chigozie Anueyiagu, The Nigerian Voice Sports

Man U, preseason came to an end today and it ended with a draw. Cristiano Ronaldo had the liberty of starting his first match under Ten Hag but was taken off at half time

The 5 time Ballon D Or lasted 45 , Erik ten Hag, taking charge of his first home game, gave a debut to £55m signing Lisandro Martinez and handed a first start to free agent recruit Christian Eriksen.

But with most of the focus on Ronaldo, the result did not go United's way as they wrapped up their preparations ahead of their Premier League campaign, which kicks off against Brighton next weekend.

Amad, who replaced CR7 at the interval, made it 1-0 two minutes into the second period with a close range finish to capitalise on the sloppy goalkeeping.

But Alvaro Garcia's tap in pulled the La Liga side level midway through the half and both sides could only trade half chances from that moment on.

“On Sunday the king plays,” Ronaldo promised on Friday evening and his 45 minutes of rust-busting here will have done little to assuage the many who believe he should abdicate his self-appointed throne.

After several weeks of PR action and, for reasons unrelated to his desire to depart, inaction on the training ground, the 37-year-old was never going to last the duration of this encounter.

There was one spurned opportunity, blazing over from about 15 yards after being played in by Donny van de Beek, and a moment of alertness to pick up an interception near halfway before finding Eriksen. And aside from that little involvement worth noting.

With his transfer saga headlining the media all summer long Ronaldo was warmly greeted and in response he pointedly applauded the supporters who had made their way in early.

But United insists he is not for sale