Manchester United 3-1 Lens: Marcus Rashford, Antony and Casemiro score in Red Devils victory… after Andre Onana was chipped from near the halfway line and Mason Mount missed a sitter on their Old Trafford debuts
- Mason Mount missed a sitter on his Old Trafford debut for Manchester United
- Lens took the lead after Andre Onana was chipped from near the halfway line
- Marcus Rashford, Antony and Casemiro all netted in the second-half of the game
Manchester United came from behind to beat Ligue 1 side Lens at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
On a day where new £72m signing Rasmus Hojlund was unveiled to the fans in attendance, Erik ten Hag’s side took victory after goals from Marcus Rashford, Antony and Casemiro.
Andre Onana and Mason Mount made their Old Trafford debuts, but had moments to forget in the first half.
Alejandro Garnacho – who had an excellent game – got on the end of a cross-field ball by Bruno Fernandes and laid the ball off to Mount who had an empty net to tuck into – only to fluff his lines and fail to score.
Later that first-half a short pass from Diogo Dalot found Lens striker Florian Sotoca who caught Andre Onana off guard with a stunning chip from near the halfway line.
Marcus Rashford, Antony and Casemiro scored in a pre-season friendly against Lens
It came despite Lens taking the lead after Andre Onana was chipped by Florian Sotoco from near the halfway line
A poor pass from Diogo Dalot led to the shot which caught United’s summer signing off guard
Onana was left embarrassed by the goal but would go on to make some saves in the second-half
Mason Mount meanwhile missed a sitter before Lens’ opener on his Old Trafford debut
Onana furiously back-pedaled but ended up caught in his own net, embarrassed, after a fine Lens goal.
United though bounced back strongly in the second-half with Rashford taking just three minutes to equalise when his shot deflected off a Lens defender over the legs of former Nottingham Forest keeper Brice Samba.
Antony gave the Red Devils the lead just five minutes later after some great work by Garnacho who found Antony who tucked home.
Alejandro Garnacho had an electric game for Manchester United and received a big cheer when he came off the pitch
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring as his effort was deflected over the keeper’s legs
Antony doubled the lead five minutes later before Casemiro added a third for the hosts
Rasmus Hojlund was confirmed as Manchester United’s new £72m signing before the game
United then got a third after 58 minutes when Rashford’s header went in off Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.
Despite a disappointing first-half for two of their new signings, there was a lot of positives for Erik ten Hag to take forward.
The Red Devils have one more pre-season friendly to go in Dublin against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, before they start their Premier League season a week on Monday against Wolves.
Manchester United: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Mount; Antony (Forson 81), Fernandes; Garnacho (Sanchi 68); Rashford
Goal: Rashford 48, Antony 53, Casemiro 59
Lens: Samba; Gradit (Khusanov 86), Danso, Medina; Frankowski (Sishuba 85), Abdul Samed (Spierings 72), Diouf (El Yanaoui 85), Machado (Haidara 71); Thomasson (Costa 73), Fulgini (Guilavogi 73); Sotoca (Cortes 85)