Premier League kick-off is fast approaching. Manchester United Football Club are almost ready.
It has been a long summer of watching Manchester City gloat about their title win, but now our chance to get our trophy back begins. Jose Mourinho’s men have had a long, hard pre-season, and before the big kick-off, we’re continuing with our player ratings.
This time, it’s the midfielder’s turn.
Obviously still young and developing, but what a moment it is for him to be involved with the tour squad. He made a handful of appearances but never really was given an extensive amount of minutes at one time. That said, it’s great for his confidence to be in and around the squad.
Ander Herrera’s a curious one. He’s a decent squad player, but as a regular starter, I don’t think he’s good enough. His tour performances were solid enough as he brought his usual energy and work-rate to the table. The Basque-born midfielder took his goal against Real Madrid well, too.
Fred looked super in his two starts. Against Real Madrid, those driving runs from midfield opened up the space for his teammates. After a summer off, he’ll go into his debut campaign feeling fresh. A shoe-in to start against Leicester City.
On Fred: Obviously talented, loves the ball at his feet, quick, two-footed and willing to drive forward. Good start for him, will only get better. #mufc
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) August 1, 2018
Was used rather sparingly, but didn’t really set the world alight. His passing was solid enough, positionally he was ok, but I’m just not sure if he can be that difference-maker that United need.
Probably the best player on tour. Converted to a #6, Pereira’s ability to play off either foot is a huge bonus. He can bring the ball out himself, play it into his teammates into space, chip in with goals (see Liverpool game) and help out on both sides of the ball. This is his season.
Was included in a few match-day squads last season, but it was a similar tour to Garner’s. I would’ve loved to have seen him in action more, but I expect him to return to the reserve side or head out on loan.