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Five Key Takeaways from Manchester United’s 1-0 Victory over Lyon in Pre-Season



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Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Lyon provided some valuable insights into the team’s performance as they continue their pre-season preparations.


Here are five things we learned from the match:

1. Matej Kovar is a capable stand-in for Andre Onana: With the arrival of Onana and the expected departure of Dean Henderson, attention has turned to who will be United’s No. 2 goalkeeper. Kovar, who won the Czech league title while on loan at Sparta Prague last season, demonstrated his ability with the ball at his feet and showed a commanding presence in the box. If the 23-year-old can maintain this level of performance, he could be an ideal deputy for Onana.


2. Jonny Evans is a valuable addition to the squad: The Northern Irish defender signed a short-term deal to help his former club in pre-season and has already made an impact. His experience and leadership qualities were evident as he marshaled his teammates and made some impressive passes. Evans’ trademark tackle on Lyon’s Pathe Mboup drew a huge cheer from the crowd and there is a possibility he could earn a longer deal at United.

3. Amad Diallo can challenge for a starting berth: The Ivorian winger enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Sunderland last season and is growing in maturity with every passing game. He looked dangerous throughout his 45 minutes on the pitch and could provide the competition that Antony needs on the left flank. Diallo also gives United another option across the frontline if they fail to sign an out-and-out striker this summer.


4. Donny van de Beek is not surplus to requirements: The Dutch midfielder has not played for United since suffering a season-ending injury in January but his match-winning display against Lyon showed he still has a lot to offer. Van de Beek’s well-directed finish from a Dan Gore cross gave United their second win in pre-season and he could worm his way back into Ten Hag’s plans.

5. United’s fluid front four can cause huge problems: The movement of Antony, Jadon Sancho, Amad Diallo, and Hannibal Mejbri caused numerous problems for Lyon’s backline. While composure in front of goal was lacking, United fans would have enjoyed seeing Ten Hag’s fluidity in action. With Marcus Rashford still to come back, United’s attack could be a formidable force next season.

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