Manchester United have three preseason games and one more game.
There’s a game against Everton at Old Trafford next week and the time for experimentation is over.
Most of the first team will return for the game, with just a week left until the campaign’s opening game against Leeds.
For some of the players who were used in the early games, their chances will be gone. Some, like Tahith Chong and Di’Shon Bernard, have already been loaned out.
In the run-up to the last preparations in the next week, we looked at the six winners of the previous season preparation …
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There’s no doubt who is United’s big pre-season winner. The young talent Anthony Elanga took his chance and scored twice.
Elanga felt at home on the first team and received praise from Bryan Robson, while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer raved about his praise for the teenager.
Elanga is likely to play a first-team role this season, he has shown that he can be helpful. Marcus Rashford, who is undergoing surgery, is giving Elanga a chance, especially over the next several months.
The pace and quality that Elanga has shown make him ideal for United’s attack and anyone who has watched him last season for the United U23s will not be surprised by its impact.
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Facundo Pellitri started the pre-season as a mystery to Manchester United fans.
Signed on the cut-off date last year, it was loaned to Alaves a few weeks later. The winger plays in a suddenly crowded position at United and has started to show that he can be a useful player in the future.
A loan is still likely for Pellitri, and a return to Spain is likely. Pellitri scored a pre-season goal and provided another assist and has shown the potential with which United signed him in the first place.
These three games were useful for Pellitri and will build his confidence. In a year he may be ready to push for a place on the team.
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Teden Mengi had a chance he will have dreamed of when he started three games in a row for the first team.
The three games were challenging for the teenager, but they will have learned a lot.
Mengi, 19, is expected to be loaned again, although the way to the first team is blocked for the time being.
He benefited from the absence of senior stars due to the European Championship and Mengi will have found that experience invaluable.
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The fourth teenager on the list, Shola Shoretire, has done a lot with very limited options.
Shoretire is an exciting talent at just 17 and has looked very successful in his pre-season appearances so far.
He has two assists, prepares goals for Facundo Pellitri and Anthony Elanga and impresses with his crisp, precise passing game.
United fans are justifiably excited about Shoretire’s potential and he will be mixed in with the first team at the right time for the coming season.
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Nobody expected Andreas Pereira to put his name back on the map for Manchester United this summer.
Pereira’s first games were mixed before he scored a stunning volley against Brentford at Old Trafford.
A future at United remains unlikely for Pereira, but he has not hurt his career prospects in any way.
There’s a slim chance he might be involved for other players on the opening day of the season due to a lack of fitness, while his formidable goal is also to help him leave the club before the transfer window closes.
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Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has started all three games for United since his return in early July.
The veteran is not expected to act as a backup until 2021/22. Even so, he has shown himself to be very capable.
Heaton may have earned a handful of trophy appearances for the upcoming season.
If either goalkeeper goes ahead of him this summer, Heaton should be a reliable number two.
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