Sammy McIlroy praises Christian Eriksen after Manchester United debut

Former Manchester United player Sammy McIlroy has commented Christian Eriksen after his debut, as well as Anthony Martial.

McIlroy told MUTV that Eriksen showed touches of class as a substitute despite a first defeat of pre-season, against Atletico Madrid.

He also thinks he saw Martial limp off with an injury when he was replaced in the second half of the 1-0 loss inflicted by Joao Felix.

That means it could be mixed feelings for United after their last overseas match of the summer, with the final friendly at Old Trafford tomorrow against Rayo Vallecano.

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McIlroy on Martial and Eriksen

Speaking after the game, the Northern Irishman said: “[Eriksen] showed some class touches, great vision.

“He showed exactly why they wanted to bring him here. He is a real asset for us, no doubt about it. That’s Eriksen’s game; he can see a ball, a cross, a pass.

“I think the manager will see him as (someone who can start). The manager will know what he can do. On his day, he will win us games on his own.

On Martial, he added: “I actually think that Martial had a knock. When he was coming over to the bench, he was feeling his hamstring. That’s why he came off. That could be an injury.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested he will make his first appearance of pre-season tomorrow when United host Rayo at Old Trafford.

That return could be timely if Martial has suffered any kind of serious issue which could keep him out of the start of the season.

Martial has had a good pre-season, but the question mark always was whether he could replicate it when the serious action starts.

Hopefully he is not absent through injury when Brighton come to Old Trafford in eight days time.

Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day program pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.

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