Man United 1 Real Madrid 1: Talking points as Anthony Martial looks sharp

Three talking points as Anthony Martial helps Manchester United to a penalty shootout win over Real Madrid in Santa Clara

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles at Levi's Stadium
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial Photo: The Sport Review

Anthony Martial

In what was a largely disappointing first half in Santa Clara, Ronald McDonald and Anthony Martial provided the American audience with some entertainment. The 21-year-old threatened to create some excitement in what was a lacklustre first half. Martial has been linked with a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent days.

His contribution to Manchester United’s first goal will certainly excite potential suitors. The France star cut in from the wing to beat three Real Madrid defenders before teeing up Jesse Lingard for the opener. It was a flashback to Martial’s first season at Old Trafford. However, Martial missed his penalty kick as

Reckless Lindelof

Victor Lindelof was a second-half substitute alongside Chris Smalling as the pair replaced Eric Bailly and Phil Jones at half-time. The England international was impressive in the first half with a good clearance from Gareth Bale’s cross and a superb recovery tackle on Lucas Vazquez. Lindelof didn’t show the same composure – though.

The £30.7m signing stuck out a leg to bring down Real Madrid’s new arrival Theo Hernandez. It was a reckless moment from the former Benfica defender. Stand-in Madrid captain Casemiro dispatched the penalty with aplomb.

Who else will have impressed Mourinho?

Ronald McDonald stole the headlines with his performance before a ball was kicked as the McDonalds icon led out the teams at the Levi’s Stadium – but a couple of Manchester United players stood out – too. Jones produced a composed performance in the centre of defence to give Mourinho something to think about.

Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford both looked sharp on the wing as Manchester United continue to be linked with Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. Scott McTominay replaced Ander Herrera after the Spain international picked up a back injury inside five minutes of the second half. The 20-year-old looked like a promising player with the ball at his feet.

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