Manchester United vs AmaZulu: What We Learnt

 
on July 19 2012 5:42 AM

Manchester United won their first pre-season tour game 0:1 against South African side AmaZulu. They finish their tour of South Africa on Saturday after they meet Ajax Cape Town. They then go on to China and then Europe to finish the tour. But what did we learn from United's first game since they lost the Premier League title in May?

Jesse Lingard can break into the first team

This was Jesse Lingard's first start for United and boy did he impress. He showed that he has composure, vision and creativity. Some of the passes he made were stunning. Sir Alex must be impressed with the 20-year-old as he created a few goal scoring opportunities. Although he's not known by non-United fans, Lingard will surely make himself known if he plays in next season's Premier League. He is the perfect man to replace Paul Scholes once he retires.

Dimitar Berbatov should stay for another season

Sir Alex Ferguson must be wondering why Berbatov can't play the way he did against AmaZulu all the time. It was only a friendly but we saw a completely different side to Berbatov. He took the "Rooney" against AmaZulu and held the ball up so well. His touch was sublime and his passing was second to none. He showed the skill that brought him to Old Trafford in the first place. Perhaps Berbatov sees it as a shop window and is trying to impress the likes of Milan. It would be brilliant if we got to see Berbatov play in that role against the likes of Chelsea and Aston Villa.

United need a new left back

Teenage wing sensation Robbie Brady started at left back in the first half. However he isn't a defender and his naivety showed whilst United were on the back foot. In the second half young Tyler Blackett came on as Brady's replacement. Although he's an actual defender, he's too young to be an understudy to Patrice Evra. Now with Fabio out on loan to QPR, the left back position will be bare if Evra gets injured. United have been linked with Leighton Baines but would Everton's best player want to sit on the bench all of the time?

AmaZulu lack stars

Obviously AmaZulu aren't a household name, neither are they one of the best South Africa sides. They lacked the stars that Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs hold. They also didn't have a striker that could hit the back of the net. Their best players were their goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini and left back Marc Van Heerden. The rest of the side looked pretty poor and only had chances because of United's incompetence at the back.

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