Club America 0 Man United 1: Three lessons learned
Three lessons learned from Manchester United's 1-0 victory over Club America in their opening pre-season game
The new signing from Southampton showed why Louis van Gaal wanted this player for his team. For the first opening 45 minutes, Manchester United fans were treated to the Morgan Schneiderlin show. He managed to offer enough to suggest the £25m paid by Van Gaal as a good piece of business. During the game, Schneiderlin showed he has an all-round game, which is something United sorely needed. During his ‘Schneiderlin Act’, he showed that he can tackle, has good passes, scheming runs into the area and an eye for goal which he showed in his debut goal for the club.
Due to slight injures, Van Gaal played a shape closer to 4-2-3-1. However, there was some sluggishness from some of the players in the new formation. Michael Carrick was slightly off the pace, Phil Jones was left exposed at the back at times. Jones failed to read the ball on occasion and was lucky to escape unpunished. Memphis Depay was adjusting to life with the Red Devils as he received a yellow card and failed to create a threat later on in the game. This is something Van Gaal will have to air to iron these issues out. While he will be pleased with the win, as always, it may mean nothing when Tottenham visit at the start of the season. This is something that occurred to United last season as they lost 2-1 at home to Swansea and it took five games for them to record their first win under Van Gaal.
Carrick is under pressure
Carrick has been a superb player for United for nearly a decade, however, with the arrival of Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, there is a lot of pressure on Carrick to keep his place. Last season, when Carrick was free from injury, he was United’s guiding light throughout the games he played. After struggling in the 45 minutes he played, Carrick will have to do more than he did. He was caught in possession and put his defence under pressure and with Schneiderlin showing energy and being dynamic across the pitch. However, the 33-year-old has given a lot to the club over the years and has great passing ability. He can easily keep his place in the United team if he shows glimmers of how he played last season.