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5 things learned as young Manchester United side lose 3-1 vs Wrexham



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A young Manchester United side lost 3-1 against Wrexham in a pre-season friendly in San Diego on Wednesday.

It was right-back Marc Jurado who provided the goal for The Reds to get back into the game before a senseless red card decision led to Wrexham pulling away for the win.

Erik ten Hag would’ve still been impressed by several performances from the young side on the night and there were some key talking points and things to be learned from in the game.

Gore impressive and United’s referee luck already started for new season

Dan Gore was one of the best players on the pitch until he was unfairly sent off by the referee in the second half.

The young midfielder has excelled during his cameos in pre-season so far and was again impressive against the League Two outfit.

His mix of quality on the ball and grit off it was on display and it was a challenge, which was completely fair, that ended his game prematurely.

United will be hoping that their unfortunate luck with refereeing decisions like this one doesn’t follow them into the new season after many confusing decisions last term.

Hannibal: a positive and negative

The midfielder was included in the team and the starting XI in San Diego. He was easily United’s best player on the night and looked a cut above the rest for most of the game.

However, on the other side of the coin, he might be slightly disappointed that he was involved in the first place.

Kobbie Mainoo’s first-team future next season looks set and him being set to play against Real Madrid on Thursday instead of playing with his age-mates tonight shows that. Hannibal would want to be in the same position but it looks like he isn’t quite as trusted as his midfield competitor.

Experienced Wrexham exploit holes in young United

The three goals from the League Two outfit were almost carbon copies of each other with balls being played to the far post and a close range finish being applied.

United’s defence was not the strongest and both full-backs are not known for their box defending. It was an areas that Wrexham looked to exploit and were successful in doing so.

Talented full-backs link up for goal

United’s goal came through an Alvaro Fernandez cross to Marc Jurado at the back post. It was an excellent assist and goal.

The full-backs played the entire game and were both fairly impressive throughout. Fernandez looks more first-team ready than his Spanish teammate but Jurado is a player who looks above his years with the ball at his feet in possession.

The left-back is more of a direct attacking threat but both have some exciting attributes in their games and showed positives throughout the game.

Evans looked like he was thirty five

Jonny Evans’ short term deal raised some eyebrows but some also believed it could be a good idea to make it a season-long deal if pre-season worked out.

It was a comfortable second-debut for the defender last week but this time out, against a physical Wrexham frontline, he looked his age and perhaps showed why it should remain a short-term deal.