5 United players who impressed the least in pre-season

5 United players who impressed the least in pre-season

Man United’s pre-season campaign ended with a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

The Red Devils played six games in total in Erik ten Hag’s first preseason, winning three, drawing twice, and losing once.

The likes of Zidane Iqbal and Anthony Martial impressed but a host of players failed to deliver. Here we name them.

Tahith Chong – 3/10

Chong was really frustrating to watch in the games, lacking the precision or ruthlessness to cause chaos in the final third.

Despite getting into some promising positions, Chong’s lack of finishing or creativity saw him waste a lot of chances in pre-season. He’s unlikely to get many opportunities in the regular season after that.

5 United players who impressed the least in pre-season

This picture of him and Ten Hag sums up his situation.

Alex Telles – 4/10

Perhaps the most damning thing about Telles in pre-season was him being used as a centre-back or centre-midfielder in a few games. Unsurprisingly, he struggled in both roles because of his defensive weakness.

He also failed to impress as a left-back against Vallecano, with their goal caused by his cautious defending. It’s no surprise that United want to offload him now.

Anthony Elanga – 4/10

After his breakthrough season under Ralf Rangnick, Elanga has failed to a similar early impact under Ten Hag.

He was quite inefficient both as a right-winger and left-winger, not really being able to spark things up like Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho. Elanga played over 200 minutes across five games scoring zero. His gym work remains the highlight of his summer.

Scott McTominay – 5/10

Another player that doesn’t look fully adapted to Ten Hag’s style yet is McTominay. The Scottish midfielder put in some scrappy performances in pre-season, often losing possession in midfield.

His average passing ability and lack of creativity don't help him. Even the goal he scored against Melbourne Victory was thanks to a wicked deflection, summing up his pre-season.

Donny van de Beek – 6/10

There were a lot of expectations on Donny van de Beek, with this being his first pre-season after reuniting with Ten Hag. But he wasn’t ‘unlocked’ as swiftly as fans would’ve liked. Van de Beek frustrated the fans with his safe passing and no attempts on goal.

He put in a nice performance against Crystal Palace and looked impressive in parts against Vallecano, Van de Beek has to be more decisive and creative to carve a regular place in the United starting XI.
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