Manchester United suffer first defeat under Erik Ten Hag as Atletico secure late win in friendly

Manchester United suffer first defeat under Erik Ten Hag as Atletico secure late win in friendly

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
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  • Manchester United endured a narrow defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday, July 30
  • Joao Felix scored late on in the friendly in Oslo as United finished the game with 10 men after Fred was sent off
  • Christian Eriksen also played his first game in a Manchester United shirt

ErIk Ten Hag suffered his first defeat as Manchester United boss as the Red Devils succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday, July 30.

Despite being the better side for extended periods of time, it was Atletico Madrid that got the all-important goal in the preseason friendly in Oslo through Joao Felix late in the game.

How it happened

Atletico Madrid started with their typical aggressive gameplay early on, but it was United who got a first glance at goal and it came the way of Bruno Fernandes, whose effort was quelled by Jan Oblak.

Anthony Martial, the man in form, also got a chance, but he somehow lost composure after he found himself in a one on one situation with the Atleti goalie.

On the other end of the pitch, Angel Correa also had a great chance but failed to capitalize as he sliced his shot.

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Christian Eriksen, a summer signing for Manchester United, was given the chance by Ten Hag to have a go for the first time in Red, and he was influential for some time in the game.

Notably, he managed to pick Harry Maguire through a corner, but the captain failed to keep his effort on target.

Atletico eventually took the lead with five minutes remaining after Alvaro Morata held up the ball well for Felix, who did brilliantly to turn Dalot and fire a shot in the corner.

The game went from bad to worse for United as Fred received his marching orders in stoppage time for a dangerous foul.

United will have the chance to redeem themselves on Sunday, July 31 as they take on Rayo Vallecano in their final preseason game before the start of the new season.

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