Manchester United continued their impressive start to the season, with Angel Gomes scoring the winning goal of the game as they beat Tottenham 2-1 in their second International Champions Cup match of the pre-season on Thursday.
Anthony Martial opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the 21st minute. The Frenchman put the ball at the back of the net with a cute finish between the legs of Paolo Gazzaniga, showing signs of his recapturing goal scoring form during the pre-season.
Lucas Moura did score for the Spurs after the hour mark and leveled the scoreline to 1-1. Although, it was a big deflection, Tottenham deserved the goal. However, Manchester United did have the last laugh of the night with Angel Gomes scoring from an almost impossible angle to make the scoreline 2-1
Pre-season means opportunities for the academy graduates and youngsters in the squad. Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, James Garner, Tahith Chong, all have been performing pretty well during the pre-season. Especially Mason Greenwood, who has been excellent on the ball.
Greenwood, 17, came off the bench to score the winner 14 minutes from the full-time whistle in the 1-0 win against Inter Milan. Just a few days earlier, the forward had also netted in United’s win over Leeds United. Some people may have been bemused when Solskjaer recently suggested Greenwood could play a part in United’s opening Premier League clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday August 11. However, on the evidence of this dazzling 27-minute second-half run-out at the Singapore National stadium, the United manager may be on to something.
The Red Devils have now won all 4 of their friendlies, beating Perth Glory and Leeds United as well. The fact that the players are looking good is no coincidence as Ole Gunner Solskjaer is putting his team through a very intense pre-season workout.
Also, Daniel James feels positive to succeed at Manchester United following his transfer from Swansea City. The Welsh winger has enjoyed an encouraging pre-season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side securing his move from the Championship club for a reported £15million.
Just after signing James, Solskjaer commended the winger:
“Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic,”
James hasn’t let down at all with his performances, showing flashes of brilliance in his outings.
It would be very optimistic to call them title favourites, but Solskjaer definitely has a very talented group of players who can achieve the unthinkable this season with the right guidance.