Manchester United’s pre-season tour is over. The Red Devils played six games, winning two (one on penalties), drawing two, and losing two.
It was a real mixed bag of friendlies for United, but now it’s down to business and the serious stuff is close to starting. Anyway, before Leicester City visit Old Trafford on Friday, let’s take a look at how the squad fared in our player ratings. In this edition, we kick things off with the men in between the sticks.
David de Gea
Where else to start but the best goalkeeper on the planet? David de Gea only featured in the Red Devils’ final two pre-season games due to his World Cup participation. Against Real Madrid, he was excellent. The Spaniard made some smart saves and it didn’t really look like he’d been away.
When United took on Bayern Munich, De Gea was the best player on the field wearing United colours. The Bavarians won the game 1-0, but it could have been an awful lot worse if we didn’t have our #1. He made some outstanding stops to keep Munich at bay, and we’re going to see another huge season from Big Dave; I just hope he’s not winning our Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award once again.
Our Argentine didn’t feature at all, but he was with the rest of the lads in the United States. Presumably, he’s still recovering from the injury that kept him out of the World Cup. Thankfully, we have excellent depth, when he comes back, we’ll only be even stronger.
Did not play.
— Devils Latest (@Devils_Latest) August 2, 2018
Joel Pereira is a rapidly developing talent. His calmness is infectious, and his overall shot-stopping abilities are absolutely insane. The Portuguese genuinely has potential to be as good as De Gea, and his tour only further highlighted his immense skills.
The loan move to Vitoria Setubal will only further his development and that regular playing time can only benefit him in the long-run. This time next year, don’t be surprised if he’s De Gea’s main back-up…
Signed from Stoke City this summer, Grant was brought in so Pereira could leave on loan. The pair have split the game-time during the tour, and what a treat we’ve had from Grant. He makes super saves, is positionally solid, he doesn’t mind coming for crosses and he has real command of his box.
As a third-choice option, there aren’t many better in the league. I hope he gets his minutes to impress from time-to-time, because he genuinely does deserve it.