Manchester United played against a total of 23 players in their pre-season win in Derby County. Training was important training and a number of key players stood out.

Every player should enjoy a few minutes, although some had more to shout than others.

Here’s a look at the seven players who really impressed and left the field with improved reputations.

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Tom Heaton

New signing Tom Heaton enjoyed the perfect debut, clean sheets and showed his quality and calm in the box.

Heaton easily mopped up an early derby attack when his defense became disoriented.

Then he made a pinpoint jump save from a corner when a header looked tied to a goal.

If he gets promoted to second goalkeeper if one of the players goes in front of him, then Heaton gave United fans reason to feel confident that he can fill an understudy.

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Brandon Williams

Williams looked sharp and competitive and was determined to prove a point.

He barely played last season and his performance against Derby showed he couldn’t have another losing season.

Loaning is probably in his best interests so he can play regularly and any clubs that watch over him will be impressed with his efforts here.

Williams went forward as often as he could and was spirited defensively. He looked like he wanted to show that he should become a Manchester United player regardless of the quality before him.

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Tahith Chong

This goal was Tahith Chong’s parting gift before taking up his pre-arranged loan with Birmingham City.

The strike will give Chong a confidence boost after some mixed loans last season and is a reminder of the quality he has.

United have long believed Chong could make a difference and he showed it for at least an afternoon.

Now he has to follow suit with a successful loan and then United can take another look at him.

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Dylan Levite

Levitt joined James Garner in the first 45 minutes as part of an effective midfield duo.

Garner’s performance was competent and controlled as one would expect, and Levitt suited him.

Levitt looked good passing the ball and seemed very much at home in United midfield.

Another loan will certainly beckon. Levitt’s options should have improved after this performance. He should try to show what he can do at the championship level or even consider moving to Portugal or the Netherlands.

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Facundo Pellitri

The young Uruguayan Facundo Pellitri was the big winner in Pride Park. This was his first senior team game and he managed to score.

The way he scored his goal was exquisite, managed to circle the goalkeeper and keep a cool head.

Pellitri was bright throughout and certainly made a good impression on the fans.

At only 19, United doesn’t have to rush him and he will benefit from a loan that allows him to play more regularly. But it seems that United have signed a special talent.

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Jesse Lingard

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club website that Jesse Lingard wants to stay and fight for his place.

Lingard was excruciatingly close to scoring a wonder goal when his long-range punch came back from the underside of the crossbar.

The England international can make a useful contribution if United want to keep him and it sounds like they can.

Solskjaer said he felt United were missing a spark at the end of the season and Lingard’s loan from West Ham proved he still has it.

Derby County - Manchester United - Pre-Season Friendly Match (Photo by Nathan Stirk / Getty Images)

Shola Shoretire

Arguably the biggest case of not using Lingard would be to quickly add Shola Shoretire to the team.

Shoretire assisted Pellistri’s goal with a pass that split the defense.

The 17-year-old is a standout contender and his post flew a little under the radar. It shouldn’t. His passport ultimately decided the game.

Another big year lies ahead of the teenager, who scored 10 U23 goals last season.

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