Rayo Vallecano: Álvaro García brings justice and bitter ten Hag his home premiere

It was not just any day for Manchester United or Rayo Vallecano. In a match dressed as a historic rendezvous for the redhead, Cristiano snuck in the prelude to a clash that Rayo fans had marked in red. The Portuguese put his boots back on after a more than atypical summer where his future was more than uncertain. That of Madeira started in the eleven ten Hag as a great offensive reference in a very alternative eleven. Little or nothing contributed to a Ronaldo who barely had a chance to go into the side of the net.

The first half was marked by a clear domination of Rayo, who released an eleven that could well resemble the one that will start in the first of the league against Barcelona. Those of Iraola returned to deposit samples of their DNA and did not give up submitting to a United who had to be given a chance on the first game to wake up. Álvaro García slips through the Mancunian defense, but his shot misses the net.

Rayo would dominate, but the chances would be for United, who could have tipped the balance before the break thanks to Eriksen and Chong. Before leaving for the locker room tunnel, Falcao would spoil a good pass from Balliu at the near post, but his strike will be well served by the defense. After the break, a defensive mess from Rayo would change the game plans in the first game. A loss from the edge of the box by Pathé Ciss would end with a shot from the edge of the box by Telles, which Amad Traoré would push into the net after the departure of Diego López.

Little or nothing would last the ten Hag advantage on the scoreboard. After a shot from Falcao from the front, Iraola’s men would equalize through Álvaro García after 57 minutes. He would do so after a new game of defensive disorder in the premises, which Isi Palazón would take advantage of to sign a superb strike from the entrance to the area. After a good reaction from Heaton, the Utrera player grabs the rebound and pushes the ball into the net.

after the goal the game would drop some revolutions, rotations would arrive and opportunities would remain in the pipeline. Only youngster Zidane Iqbal came close to beating Diego López down the stretch, but his shot was lost to the right of the Galician’s goal. With this tie, Rayo adds his second equalizer of the pre-season and closes a historic day with good feelings in football.

The only buts were the withdrawals due to the discomfort of Isi Palazón and Pathé Ciss, which ended up being conditioned by the workload. Next Friday against Valladolid will be the last test before focusing on La Liga. In the Premier, a United already has him, who will make his debut next Sunday against Brighton.

data sheet

Manchester United: Heaton; Laird, Lisandro Martinez, Varane, Telles; Van de Beek, Garner; Chong, Eriksen, Garnacho; Christian. Also played: Bailly, Iqbal, Mejbri, Amad Traoré, Hansen-Aaroen, Shoretire

Vallecano Ray: Dmitrievsky; Balliu, Mario Suarez, Chain, Fran Garcia; Ciss, Unai Lopez; Isi Palace, Trejo, Alvaro Garcia; Falcao. Also played: Diego Lopez, Oscar Valentine, Comesaña, Well, Salvi, Nteka, Sergio Moreno

Arbitrator: Robert Jones (England)

cards: Yellow: Unai López (18′), James Garner (23′), Óscar Valentín (76′)

Goals: 1-0 47′ Amad Traoré, 1-1 57′ Álvaro Garcia

incidents: Friendly match played at Old Trafford

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