Maguire booed as Man Utd beat Palace in friendly
Manchester United’s defence, led by captain Harry Maguire, have conceded just their second goal in three pre-season friendlies
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was booed by some fans as they beat Crystal Palace 3-1 in a pre-season friendly in Melbourne.
Maguire has been confirmed as skipper for this season by new manager Erik ten Hag, who plans to join the England international in central defense with new £57million signing Lisandro Martinez.
However, some fans among the 76,499 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground expressed their feelings as United won 10.
Ten Hag’s team enjoyed huge support in Australia, including a small number following the UK team.
While it’s unclear who was making the boos, which were audible every time Maguire touched the ball in the first half hour, the concern will be that he follows United for the remainder of their pre-season, which includes matches in Perth on Saturday and Oslo on July 30, then the Premier League opener against Brighton at Old Trafford on August 7.
Maguire was targeted by some fans for his poor form last season. In April, police raided the 29-year-old’s home after he received threats against his family.
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Positive pre-season continues for Man Utd and Martial
Maguire’s reception aside, there were plenty of positives in the win for United, who picked up three pre-season wins from three matches, taking their goal tally to 11.
Anthony Martial scored in all three and benefited from excellent close control and an accurate first-half cross from Diogo Dalot.
United added two superb team goals after half-time. Martial traded passes with Jadon Sancho before finding Donny van de Beek, whose low cut was headed into the far corner by Marcus Rashford.
Martial provided the assist for Sancho after good work from Fred and Rashford, with the former Borussia Dortmund striker racing past the Palace defense before applying a smart finish.
The only glaring negative was the way Palace scored their goal as United goalkeeper David de Gea, who had taken the captain’s armband after Ten Hag replaced all of his outfield players, somehow allowed a soft head down Joel Ward from squirming.
Will Fish, 19, who flew in to replace Axel Tuanzebe after the Bangkok leg of the trip, was sent off in the final stages for bringing down Victor Akinwale as the last man.
Ebiowei a plus for understaffed Palace
Ten Hag was in the stands at Selhurst Park for the final game of last season when Palace beat United through a Wilfried Zaha goal.
Zaha is one of nine senior Palace players absent from the trip, which manager Patrick Vieira admitted was ‘not ideal’.
It was Palace’s second consecutive loss on tour after a loss to Liverpool in Singapore, and a nasty hand injury to goalkeeper Jack Butland, which required heavy strapping, made matters worse.
However, there was an encouraging display from 18-year-old Malcolm Ebiowei, a summer arrival from Derby who United were keen to sign.
Ebiowei forced a low save from De Gea after an excellent inside turn from Fred and Tyrell Malacia.
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