Manchester United – Rayo Vallecano: summary of the friendly match

Manchester United – Rayo Vallecano: summary of the friendly match

Manchester United vs. Rayo Vallecano met in the pre-season friendly match at Old Trafford

 Manchester United - Rayo Vallecano: summary of the friendly match

Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano tied (1-1), with two goals in the second half by Amad Diallo from Ivory Coast for the English team and Álvaro García for the Madrid team, in the friendly match that saw Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford after expressing his desire to leave the British group.

From the beginning, the meeting had the prominent role of Cristiano, who after being absent from the tours of Thailand and Australia for “family reasons” donned the 'Red Devils' shirt again for the first time this preseason.

A large part of the Manchester fans, who continue to see Cristiano as an idol, cheered every action in which the Portuguese took part, starting from the point of attack but, too unassisted to receive the last pass, he was delaying his position until he ended up going down to receive balls in the center of the field.

Cristiano's best chance came in the eleventh minute, when he received a ball to the left from the Dutchman Donny van de Beek, started the run and fired a cross shot that went wide of Stole Dimitrievski's goal.

El Rayo hardly created any danger in the first half and all their offensive baggage was summed up in the first minute of the match with a shot by Álvaro García that Thomas Heaton cleared for a corner.

Manchester United came closer to scoring in the 30th minute through Danish Christian Eriksen, who fired a shot from the edge of the box after a rebound that went wide by the right side of the Rayista goal.

Cristiano's substitute, the Ivorian Amad Diallo, barely took three minutes after the break to open the marker by taking advantage of a poor clearance by Dimitrievski.

The joy was short-lived for United because just nine minutes later another bad clearance, in this case by Heaton after a shot by Isi Palazón, allowed Álvaro García to equalize the contest.

In the final minutes, with everything to be decided, the game opened up and both teams reached the rival area in search of the second goal, but neither of them was able to hit the opposite goal without accounting for excessive dangerous actions.

Source: EFE

Manchester United - Rayo Vallecano: summary of the friendly match

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