September 25, 2022

A number of other first-team players also featured for United

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly featured for Manchester United in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Monday, just 24 hours after the Red Devils lost to Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Portuguese international started on the bench for Erik ten Hag’s side in United’s Premier League opener. Brighton secured a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford thanks to a brace from Pascal Gross.

Graham Potter’s side scored twice in nine minutes before the break to give them a 2-0 lead at half-time. The Red Devils did manage to pull one back in the second period through Alexis Mac Allister’s unfortunate own goal, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Ronaldo was introduced in the 53rd minute – replacing midfielder Fred – but he was unable to have the desired impact, but he did receive praise from Ten Hag after the match.

Ronaldo plays in behind-closed-door friendly

The former Real Madrid and Juventus man is said to have featured for the Red Devils in a behind-closed-door friendly as United took on National League side Halifax on Monday (August 8).

The match was organised by United to give some much-needed minutes to those that did not play from the start at Old Trafford against the Seagulls.

It took place at the club’s Carrington training HQ, with the Premier League club reportedly securing a 5-1 win over their non-league opponents.

Ronaldo was not the only first-team player to start, with defenders Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all said to have featured.

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Young stars James Garner, Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho were also included, while Tom Heaton played in between the sticks.

According to reports, the Red Devils ran out 5-1 winners against Halifax, although it remains unclear who scored for either side.

United’s next match is away to Brentford on Saturday, with Liverpool to visit Old Trafford the following week.

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