Manchester United’s unbeaten pre-season run ended in Oslo after they lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Eric Ten Hag’s men were the better team for extended periods of the match, but fell to Joao Felix’s late goal in the penultimate friendly match.
Despite strong pressure from Atletico early on, the first opportunity fell in Man United’s way when Terrell Malacia eluded Marcos Llorente’s lead to find Bruno Fernandes and free Marcus Rashford in the first half, although his close shot was good from Jan Oblak.
Anthony Martial should have broken the deadlock moments later when Jose Maria Jimenez misjudged a loose ball over the top and the Frenchman rushed back, but lost his composure and fired when he was one-on-one with Oblak.
On the flip side, Angel Correa turned down a huge opportunity to put Atletico ahead when the ball fell in front of him from a swing free kick, but he cut his shot and ended up staying in play.
A cross from Llorente straight across the Man United box was missed by Thomas Lemar, who was held off by Diogo Dalot as the Red Devils escaped another panic.
The two sides got involved in a small brawl just before the break after Scott McTominay hobbled Oblak, and both ended up in the referee book.
Slovenian Anthony Ilanga should have done a bit more at the end of a superb move for Manchester United as Rashford found him in a space inside the 18-yard penalty area, but the Swede’s shot was just too appalling.
After the break, Harry Maguire did a fine job of preventing Matthews Kona from seeing the goal clearly as he sprinted across the counter, before Fernandes attempted but failed to beat Oblak at the near post with a 35-yard free kick.
Saul Niguez somehow managed to hit six yards, while Anthony Ilanga and Rashford were inches from meeting a fine cross from debutant Christian Eriksen.
The Dane’s influence continued when he put a corner kick straight into Maguire’s header, but the captain somehow couldn’t sustain his effort in goal.
Atletico took the lead just five minutes before the end of the match when Alvaro Morata grabbed the ball well for Felix, who in turn cut inside Diogo Dalot and grabbed the bottom corner.
Fred received a second warning in injury time and Man United were unable to respond, suffering defeat for the first time under Ten Hag. They welcome Rayo Vallecano to Old Trafford tomorrow for the final pre-season friendly.
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak – 6/10 – He did a series of fairly routine saves. Cruel booking for his role in the first half brawl.
Right-back: Nahuel Molina – 6/10 – He looked quite at home considering he had just arrived from Udinese.
Central Defence: Jose Maria Jimenez – 3/10 – Uruguay’s Martial is all over the place. An embarrassing performance and fortunately it was just friendly.
Central Defence: Stefan Savic – 4/10 – similarly awesome. rattle.
Left-back: Reinildo – 5/10 – He was booked for a cynical blunder but he wasn’t the only dark arts culprit.
Right midfielder: Marcos Llorente – 6/10 – Pick up some of Atletico’s best editorials.
cm: Jeffrey Kondogbia – 7/10 – Atlético’s best starting player, dictates play and practices midfield.
cm: Thomas Lemar – 6/10 – She wandered forward with an intention but was rarely threatened.
Left midfielder: Yannick Carrasco – 5/10 – I played in the ocean and made little.
CF: Angel Correa – 5/10 – I cheated one good chance and that was as good as it got.
CF: Matthews Cunha – 6/10 – He always seemed to cause problems for Manchester United with his pace and movement.
SUB: Alvaro Morata – 7/10
SUB: Antoine Griezmann – 5/10
SUB: Saul Niggis – 4/10
SUB: Joao Felix – 7/10
SUB: Daniel Was – 5/10
SUB: Axel Witsel – 6/10
SUB: Sergio Diez – 6/10
SUB: Rodrigo de Paul – 5/10
SUB: Coca-Cola – 5/10
Goalkeeper: David de Gea – 6/10 – She looked competent sweeping. Hardly called to work.
Right-back: Diogo Dalot – 5/10 – He was comfortable on the ball and kept Carrasco calm. Turned inside out by Felix to open the mind.
Central Defence: Harry Maguire – 7/10 – I occasionally found Cunha’s pace difficult to handle but it was powerful and largely instrumental, which led to several major interferences and objections.
Central Defence: Victor Lindelof – 6/10 – He wasn’t as busy as his partner but was good most of the time.
Left-back: Terrell Malacia – 6/10 – Clearly technically talented and has a great delivery.
CM: Scott McTominay – 5/10 – He wore his collar as Eric Cantona used to. He certainly didn’t play like him. He played a few smart balls but neither side was involved enough for a midfielder.
cm: unique – 6/10 – Diligent and lively as usual. He could have asked for the ball a little more to help build from behind but still see a lot of it regardless. He was sent off late due to an undue foul on Morata.
Right midfielder: Anthony Elanga – 4/10 – A difficult afternoon for the young man. He failed to get the ball to stick and it roughened up a bit.
AM: Bruno Fernandez – 6/10 – The maker of the most chances for Manchester United, although he has been guilty of giving the ball too cheap at times.
Left midfielder: Marcus Rashford – 6/10 – Severe episodes, but they are rarely prolonged.
CF: Anthony Martial – 6/10 – The afternoon made it to forget Jimenez and Savic but he couldn’t continue his excellent pre-season scoring performance.
Sub: Christian Eriksen – 7/10 – The extent of his passing will be a breath of fresh air for Manchester United followers.
SUB: Donnie van de Beek – 5/10
SUB: Facundo Pellistri – N / A
SUB: James Garner – N/A