Manchester United played Burnley in a closed-door friendly at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

It was a smart move to give many important stars extra minutes after the international tournaments after a short pre-season.

There was still no Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane was absent, but the United players who played will be better off. United won the game 3-1, building confidence for Sunday’s game in Southampton.

The game also saw released Manchester United youngster Mark Helm for Burnley after joining the Clarets in July.

Here’s a look at seven things we learned from the friendly game …

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Sancho’s first start

Big news was the expensive summer signing of Jadon Sancho, who started the game after making his Manchester United debut against Leeds.

Sancho played for about an hour and helped with his fitness after missing all four games of the previous pre-season.

This was a crucial game for Sancho and he will have been hoping to face Southampton next weekend.

Anthony Martial scored a poacher’s first goal

Anthony Martial also started and starred the show, scoring a goal and providing an assist.

The Frenchman’s goal was exactly how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have liked it. He responded to a Harry Maguire header by sticking out a boot and redirecting it into the net.

It was a true poacher’s goal, followed by a run and pass from the right to prepare Jesse Lingard for his goal. A lively martial makes United a better team.

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Fred can’t stop scoring

After opening his account for the season against Leeds on the opening day, midfielder Fred met again.

Although this doesn’t officially count, Fred is pretty impressed to be able to say that he has scored two games in a row.

This will build his confidence and if Fred can transform himself into a player who scores six or seven goals this season it will be a huge step forward in terms of his development and benefit to the team.

Eric Bailly returns, but not Amad

One of Manchester United’s Olympic stars was back in action, Eric Bailly starting alongside Harry Maguire. He appears to be ahead of Raphael Varane in terms of fitness and little has changed for the defender as Bailly takes a booking for the first half.

Amad was nowhere to be seen, even though he was pictured training on Monday.

It is possible that the winger’s absence was related to reports about the MEN he could be loaned out shortly.

Manchester United training session (Photo by Matthew Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

Jesse Lingard can play a role

It’s unclear whether Jesse Lingard will be a Manchester United player on Sept. 1 as The Times continues to link West Ham to a move.

If Lingard stays, he’ll have to play for United this season. This was Lingard’s second test match goal of the summer, following a previous goal against QPR.

United want a striker midfielder to take turns with Fernandes and he shows he can do the job after being loaned out nine times last season.

Phil Jones’ return, Elanga still injured

One of the headlines for the game was that Phil Jones made his first appearance since January 2020.

Jones came off the bench for the final 30 minutes and United didn’t give up while on the pitch.

Anthony Elanga’s injury news remains disappointing after an impressive first three pre-season games.

Elanga missed United’s camp in Scotland due to injury, then the friendly against Everton and the league win against Leeds, and he wasn’t fit enough to come on the bench against Burnley either.

Hopefully he’ll be back soon. On the positive side, the youngsters Hannibal and James Garner were both substituted on in the second half.

Manchester United v Everton pre-season friendly (Photo by Joe Prior / Visionhaus)

Andreas closer to the exit?

One player who stood out for his absence was Andreas Pereira, who was on the bench at the weekend.

Andreas is currently a target for Brazilian club Flamengo. The Times reports that Flamego plans to borrow it for 18 months.

Missing United’s 22-man squad against Burnley, the midfielder was a sign he is closer to the exit door.

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