Manchester United vs. Atletico Madrid result: Joao Felix hands Erik ten Hag first loss as Man Utd boss
Manchester United provided a glimpse at the potential starting lineup for next week's Premier League opener during a 1-0 friendly loss against Spanish side Atletico Madrid in a match played in Norway.
New manager Erik ten Hag has one final preseason test for his players scheduled for Sunday at Old Trafford before the start of the competitive schedule against Brighton on Sunday, Aug. 7 at Old Trafford. Another Spanish side, Rayo Vallecano, will be the opponent and Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to play.
A late goal by Joao Felix decided the match though it was a harsh result for a United side that created a handful of looks. Man United 'keeper David De Gea, who was not troubled for much of the match, couldn't stop the Felix blast.
Ten Hag pushed his players for more minutes in this match and he made just four subs with the first ones only coming on at the 70th minute mark. Atletico introduced 10 fresh players at the 60th-minute mark and that group included the matchwinner, Felix.
"It was a tough game, tough opposition," Anthony Elanga told MUTV after the match. "Unfortunate to lose the game, but I feel like during this preseason we've worked really hard and gotten into the way the manger wanted us to play."
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90th min.: Fred, who was already on a yellow, is sent off! He kicks Alvaro Morata from behind and then he stomps on him. He gets an automatic red card. Meanwhile, James Garner comes on for Facundo Pellistri.
87th min.: Goal Atletico! Joao Felix takes a shot from the top of the box that gets past De Gea. Man United right back Diogo Dalot was covering, but he couldn't stop the shot and Atletico take the lead.
83rd min.: Facundo Pellistri with a chance! He pounced on a rebound after a Marcus Rashford shot, but his attempt was blocked. That was a good look.
75th min.: You can already notice the difference with Christian Eriksen on the field. He delivers a fantastic corner kick and Harry Maguire heads just wide. Meanwhile, Facundo Pellistri comes on for Anthony Elanga wide right.
73rd min.: Moments after Christian Eriksen delivered a beautiful ball into the box for Rashford, Rodrigo De Paul's volley is stopped by Man United's De Gea. The match has livened up with about 15 minutes remaining.
69th min.: Man United subs. Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are on for Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay. Eriksen and Van de Beek are sitting in front of Fred, Bruno Fernandes is now wide left, and Rashford is the new center forward.
68th min.: What a chance for Atletico! Joao Felix on the left crosses into the box, where Saul made the run. But the ex-Chelsea man puts it way high from just outside the six-yard box.
67th min.: It's a challenge for Man United now. Atletico are fresh and you can see the heavy legs showing for the Red Devils. Ten Hag bringing on the subs.
60th min.: Atletico sub in 10 new players with Reinildo being the only player who stays on:
54th min.: And moments after that fine defensive play, it's a yellow for Maguire after a blatant bear hug on Geoffrey Kondogbia to prevent a break. It was a smart foul.
51st min.: Fantastic play by Harry Maguire. How many times have we said that in the last year? He blocks a Matheus Cunha shot after a long slashing run by the Atletico forward. The United captain has played well so far and more importantly has looked confident.
47th min.: Best attacking play of the match for Atletico with Angel Correa sending in a through ball for Thomas Lemar, but David de Gea sees it the entire way.
46th min.: Atletico Madrid kick off the second half. No changes apparent from either side.
Half-time: It was a well-played half by Manchester United albeit not the most exciting (five yellow cards between both teams). It was a mix of good attacking combinations, sharp defensive play in their own box, and overall spirit and fight from the Red Devils. Erik ten Hag will be happy with those 45 minutes against a usual scrappy Atletico side which has been challenging for every ball, but they haven't posed much threat to Man United 'keeper David de Gea.
45th min.: Nice play by Man United. Good passing through the lines and it's Marcus Rashford who picks out Anthony Elanga in the box, but Elanga's shot is easily stopped. Moments earlier Rashford got a shot on target of his own after good combination play on the left with Bruno Fernandes. Nice close to this half for United.
39th min.: And now there's a dustup between the teams! Scott McTominay threw his body into goalkeeper Jan Oblak, and the Atletico players take offensive. Geoffrey Kondogbia and Yannick Carrasco are especially upset. McTominay and Oblak both end up with yellows, and the 'keeper got it for kicking out. That's five yellow in the first half.
36th min.: It's been a physical struggle as you'd expect against Atletico Madrid. Reinildo gets the third yellow of the match after stopping Anthony Elanga down that right flank. That's been an interesting battle in recent minutes.
28th min.: The chances have dried up. But we have another yellow, this time for Fred who tugs on the shirt of Angel Correa in the United half. It's a harsh booking.
26th min.: Fantastic defensive play by Victor Lindelof in his own penalty area after a set-piece found its way to Atletico's Geoffrey Kondogbia in front of United's goal. That play saved a goal.
23rd min.: Neither team has been able to get the upper hand in recent minutes. Thomas Lemar sees yellow for a foul on Anthony Elanga, who was on the break.
10th min.: After back-to-back corners for United, Martial does well to control a long ball over the top, but Reinildo recovers to take the ball off Martial's feet in the box. The Frenchman looks engaged early on.
4th min.: And now it's Anthony Martial with a chance! He should've done better with that. J.M. Gimenez misjudges a ball and Martial is free on goal, but he fires over the bar with a recovering defender on his back.
3rd min.: Shot on target for Man United. They finally break the Atletico press down the left and Marcus Rashford dances around Savic before firing at the near post, but goalkeeper Jan Oblak is there to stop it.
1st min.: We're underway. Man United in red shirts and white shorts. Atletico Madrid are in their dark blue jerseys. Atletico are pressing high up the field early on. They know United want to play out of the back.
5 mins from kickoff: Referees and teams emerge from the tunnel. We're minutes away from getting underway.
45 mins from kickoff: Erik ten Hag confirms to MUTV that Jadon Sancho is out after falling ill overnight. Here's what else he said about the upcoming match and how he plans to deploy Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez.
We want to get the players to get the minutes in their legs. And you want to see team performance. This is a good test because it's a difficult opponent. They [Atletico Madrid] are tough to play. I'm looking forward for what's coming out of this test. A majority [of players] have to play 90 minutes because that is what you want when you go into the league. This is the purpose for these two games [including vs. Rayo Vallecano on Sunday]. We will see [on minutes for Eriksen and Martinez]. I will see how the game goes. As I said, we want to get as many players with 90 players in their legs. Martinez and Eriksen are not ready for 90 minutes. We have to build them. They have to build their fitness levels. They will definitely get game time today or tomorrow, or today and tomorrow.
75 mins from kickoff: The scene of today's match. Weather report says it's in the low 20s Celsius (low 70s Fahrenheit) in Oslo.
120 mins from kickoff: Plenty will be made of United's performance on Saturday against Atletico Madrid, and with good reason:
New £47 million ($57m) signing Lisandro Martinez will start on the bench three days after his transfer from Ajax was officially confirmed on July 27. Another former Ajax man, Christian Eriksen, is also on the bench after appearing in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Wrexham this week. Jadon Sancho does not feature in the matchday squad after falling ill overnight.
Although coach Simeone will have to do without regulars like Mario Hermoso (knee), Felipe (ankle) and Renan Lodi (undisclosed injury), he will give a debut to his newest signing Nahuel Molina from Italian side Udinese. There's a full complement of forward players available, but no Luis Suarez, who officially completed a move back to his native Uruguay earlier this week.
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