Erik ten Hag hints at the future of two Manchester United youngsters | Soccer

Erik ten Hag's Man Utd side beat Melbourne Victory, Nani's new side, 4-1 in a pre-season friendly

Erik ten Hag’s Man Utd side beat Melbourne Victory, Nani’s new side, 4-1 in a pre-season friendly (Image: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has indicated that loan moves are possible for two of the cards Manchester United youngsters who impressed in Friday’s 4-1 pre-season win over Melbourne Victory.

In front of a crowd of over 74,000, United scored four goals in their second straight game after losing to Liverpool earlier this week.

Ten Hag’s side recovered from an early goal from Chris Ikonomidi’s opener just five minutes into the game when both Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire failed to cover themselves in glory.

A deflected shot from Scott McTominay gave United a deserved equalizer just before half-time and Antony Martial had enough left in the early stages to put his side ahead at the break.

Ten Hag ushered in the changes at intervals, bringing an all-new XI with Ethan Laird and Tahith Chong, two of the standout performers.

Chong spent last season on loan at Birmingham but showed some of the skill and mileage that convinced United to buy him from Feyenoord six years ago.

Meanwhile, much is expected from Laird, who filled the right-back position in the second half and was picked ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissak, but Ten Hag suggested spells away from Old Trafford could best suit the development of both players.

Ethan Laird impressed in Man Utd's 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory

Ethan Laird impressed against Melbourne Victory in Man Utd’s 4-1 win (Image: Getty)

Referring specifically to Laird and Chong, Ten Hag said: “That’s why we took them, we want to have an impression of all the players.

“They have a chance to show what they can do and what skills they can bring to Man Utd, or maybe a loan better, there are other opportunities too.

“It’s good United have some talent but you see they need improvement and development.”

Ten Hag, on the other hand, was impressed with his team’s reaction to falling back, especially against organized opponents who used low block.

He said: “It was clearly a very compact opponent, they started very far back and were waiting for us, so it’s difficult for us to create chances

“In the first minute you get doubts that something was wrong, but the team reacted really well, especially on the right.

“I would say against opponents who come forward it’s easy, the space is bigger. When the opponent is so far behind you have to invest in running, more running and ball decisions, you need intelligence to create something.

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