Manchester United players turn on each other in defeat to Borussia Dortmund

Manchester United players turn on each other in defeat to Borussia Dortmund

In Sin City, Manchester United experienced a series of unfortunate events. Omari Forson, the 18-year-old winger, was taken off the field after 37 minutes for engaging in altercations with Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Ryerson and Karim Adeyemi, resulting in him kicking out at Ryerson.

Ryerson informed the linesman about the incident, leading the coach, Erik ten Hag, to step onto the pitch and exchange words with them.

Forson received a booking for his actions, and immediately after, Antony was called upon to warm up. Just eight minutes later, Forson was substituted for Antony.

After the incident, Ten Hag briefly discussed the situation with Forson for about 33 seconds and concluded by patting him on the head. However, despite being ahead at some point, Manchester United ended up trailing by the end of the half, conceding three goals.

Donyell Malen seized the opportunity twice in rapid succession, prompting a heated discussion filled with harsh words between the confrontational Williams and Heaton, who was fully committed to his role as a sweeping goalkeeper.

Williams, known for his passion for boxing and hailing from Harpurhey, appeared to direct his frustration at Heaton, accusing him of making a significant mistake.

In reality, the player responsible was Victor Lindelof, who attempted a risky pass that was not feasible. Heaton had been having a satisfying first half until Malen scored in the 43rd and 44th minutes, with the second goal coming just 18 seconds after the restart.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka also committed a similar error to Lindelof’s, allowing Dortmund to regain their lead. As a result of the situation, Heaton did not return for the second half, and Andrew Onana, making his second appearance for United, took his place.

The teamsheet identified him as ‘Andrew Onana,’ and he quickly displayed his skill with a precise pass, followed by an agile save against Sebastian Haller. Onana immediately went over to Harry Maguire and reprimanded him for something.

United’s tour concluded with their third loss out of four matches, but its significance is minimal in the bigger picture. Last year, United achieved three wins and one draw in friendly matches held in Thailand and Australia. However, a week into the season, they faced a low point in their performance during a match against Brentford.

Despite this being a friendly, Ten Hag emphasized that United doesn’t treat such games casually and made substitutions, bringing in many first-team players after the 60-minute mark. The team’s attacking potency seemed diminished when Jadon Sancho, who was being experimented as a center forward, was replaced by the young and inexperienced Joe Hugill in the 77th minute. Hugill missed an opportunity in a one-on-one situation late in the game.

While the players and staff from both teams exchanged pleasantries in the center circle after the match, Ten Hag swiftly returned to the dressing room. United’s first Premier League fixture is scheduled in two weeks.

Compared to United’s other tour matches, this one at the Allegiant Stadium lacked excitement. The stadium, known for hosting the Super Bowl, is more suited for American football. Nevertheless, United managed to draw a respectable crowd of 50,857 spectators to close their tour in the United States.

With the team rebuild now finished, the focus has shifted to addressing the squad’s depth. Ten Hag has made the decision to form a second XI with up to six players who may not remain with Manchester United in the next five weeks.

Heaton is uncertain about his future and seeks more clarity, Maguire will be sold if a suitable offer comes in, Williams is up for sale, McTominay’s situation is subject to change, Van de Beek has admitted he might leave, and Pellistri revealed that United is actively working on finding the right club to loan him to.

During Ten Hag’s tenure, Diogo Dalot, the only starting player to renew his contract, scored an unstoppable goal in the 24th minute, reigniting the debate about the right-back position. Despite Wan-Bissaka’s improvement, Dalot possesses a goal-scoring ability that Wan-Bissaka lacks.

Wan-Bissaka continues his momentum, but unfortunately, his own attempt at goal ended up being a field goal, turning the attack into defense, which allowed Youssoufa Moukoko to score with a tap-in. This has been a step back in his performance after making progress for seven months.

Both of Manchester United’s right-backs are expected to start in the upcoming back-to-back friendlies against Lens and Athletic Bilbao in Manchester and Dublin. After that, Ten Hag will have a week to decide who starts against Wolves at Old Trafford.

In his 38th year, Heaton is an experienced player who is still eager to learn new techniques. He followed Ten Hag’s instruction to position himself in the center circle whenever United had a corner, instead of staying rooted to the goal line.

As long as Maguire remains with United, it seems likely that a portion of the crowd will criticize him. After being booed by a minority in Melbourne and Houston, it briefly subsided but started again when Maguire kicked a pass intended for Pellistri into the stands. He appeared unusually nervous when Onana rushed towards him.

For 43 minutes, United dominated the game and showed precision in their attacks, with the squad members feeling confident due to their starting positions. Facundo Pellistri was full of enthusiasm, Donny van de Beek was actively involved, and Williams was making attacking runs.

Additionally, he demonstrated that he can be quite outspoken.

Manchester United players turn on each other in defeat to Borussia Dortmund

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