Christian Eriksen scores his first goal for Manchester United in 4-1 friendly win over Wrexham at Carrington… with £55m man Lisandro Martinez also featuring as Cristiano Ronaldo watched on
- Christian Eriksen found the net on his first appearance for Manchester United
- The Dane scored in a 4-1 win against Wrexham in a behind-closed-doors clash
- Cristiano Ronaldo was in attendance at the Carrington friendly on Wednesday
- Lisandro Martinez also had his first experience of playing in a United shirt
Christian Eriksen got off the mark for his new club as Manchester United ran out 4-1 winners against Wrexham in a behind closed doors friendly this afternoon.
Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez, who was officially announced as a United player on Wednesday afternoon, both started in the 2pm kick-off against the National League side.
Centre-back Raphael Varane and midfielder James Garner, a target for Premier League new-boys Nottingham Forest, also started and played the full game.
Cristiano Ronaldo took no part in the game, but did watch on in a stand by the U18s pitch.
Christian Eriksen scored in the behind-closed-doors game, his first appearance for United
MANCHESTER UNITED XI vs WREXHAM
(4-3-3): Matej Kovar; Ethan Laird, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Alex Telles; Zidane Iqbal, James Garner, Christian Eriksen; Tahith Chong, Hannibal Maybri, Alejandro Garnacho
Garner has only just recovered from a thigh injury and, after a limited number of training sessions, Ten Hag was keen to see what the 21-year-old could do after hearing of his impressive campaign on loan at Forest last season. The stylish midfielder has spoken openly about wanting to continue his progression with more regular games.
However, while Garner produced a steady performance, it was 30-year-old Eriksen who caught the eye in the first half with a typical goal which had the sides level at 1-1 in the first half after defender Aaron Hayden scored for Wrexham. United went on to score three without reply in the second half.
Youngsters Alejandro Garnacho, Zidane Iqbal also played, with Matej Kovar in goal. Hannibal Mejbri played as a false nine and Tahith Chong was also given game time.
Despite his natural fitness, the 37-year-old Ronaldo is understandably still a few days away from being ready to play in the eyes of Erik ten Hag’s staff, but he was happy to show his support.
It is the best possible start to life in Manchester for Dane Eriksen, who was seen being greeted by Brandon Williams by United’s social team earlier in the day in scenes reminiscent of their on-pitch embrace when Norwich faced Brentford in the Premier League last season.
Fellow new signing Lisandro Martinez – who has arrived in a £55million deal – was also in action
‘It’s a very, very big club – if not the biggest,’ Eriksen said on confirmation of his signing yesterday. ‘It has a big history and it’s a nice feeling to be part of something that is that big in history.’
Eriksen has been staying at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester with United’s other new £55million signing Lisandro Martinez. The tough Argentine defender, nicknamed ‘the butcher of Amsterdam’ during his time at Ajax, is only 5ft 9ins tall but models himself on combative former United defender Gabriel Heinze.
He was only officially confirmed as a United player an hour before today’s kick-off and said: ‘I want to improve myself more than I already have. With Erik ten Hag as the manager I will become even better, because he is an excellent manager. My mentality is to work hard everyday and to win trophies, this is what I will keep doing.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in attendance for Manchester United’s friendly against Wrexham today
I’ve been lucky enough to be part of successful teams in my career and that’s what I want to continue at United. There will be a lot of work to get to that moment, but I firmly believe that, under this manager, and with my new team-mates, we can do it.’
Martinez and Eriksen have already been welcomed by Ronaldo who at least is keen to see quality signings arriving at United. With the exit door to Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea seemingly firmly closed, all eyes will be on whether he accepts life under ten Hag.
United’s squad faces Atletico on Saturday in Oslo before their shadow squad play Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Ten Hag also has decisions to make about which players go out on loan.
Iraqi prospect Zidane Iqbal, 19, is expected to stay with the squad while goalkeeper Nathan Bishop is poised to join Wycombe Wanderers and there will be more exits to follow.