Manchester United vs Rayo Vallecano: Erik ten Hag has to settle for a draw in his final friendly

Erik ten Hag has to settle for a 1-1 draw in Manchester United’s final friendly, with Rayo Vallecano’s Garcia equalizing after Amad Diallo opened the scoring and Cristiano Ronaldo was hooked at half-time

  • Cristiano Ronaldo played the first 45 minutes for Man United since asking to leave
  • Manchester United drew 1-1 against LaLiga’s Rayo Vallecano in the pre-season clash
  • Amad Diallo scored for Red Devils just three minutes after replacing Ronaldo, 37
  • Alvaro Garcia netted from a tight angle to give the Spanish side a draw in a friendly

Erik ten Hag failed to offer any clarity about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future after the Portuguese star played his first 45 minutes under the new Manchester United boss.

The forward, seeking to leave the club, played the first half of United’s final pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano, although he left Old Trafford before full time.

His replacement Amad Diallo scored in a 1-1 draw, just two minutes after his half-time introduction.

Cristiano Ronaldo made his first appearance for United since the decision to leave the club

Cristiano Ronaldo made his first appearance for United since the decision to leave the club

The Portuguese star was subbed off at half time during United's 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano

The Portuguese star was subbed off at half time during United’s 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano

Ten Hag spoke only to United’s in-house media who, pointedly, failed to mention Ronaldo at all.

But the fans demonstrated that they are ready to forgive him, as the cheers that greeted his name all but drowned out a few boos before kick-off. Ronaldo recovered from a couple of poor early touches and looked sharp in his first action for 85 days.

He did miss United’s best chance of the first half though, blazing over after being played clear by Donny van de Beek.

He also looked exasperated when taking instructions from his coach.

Ronaldo was then seen leaving the stadium 10 minutes before the final whistle and United did not respond to questions about whether the striker did so with permission.

‘Overall, I am happy, we made a good pre-season,’ said Ten Hag. ‘We make good progress and we’re ready for the season but still there is a lot of room for improvement.

Amad Diallo nets United's opener during the 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford

Amad Diallo nets United’s opener during the 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford

The Ivorian attacker scored just three minutes after being subbed on for Cristiano Ronaldo

The Ivorian attacker scored just three minutes after being subbed on for Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo’s announcement on Friday that he was playing against Vallecano had led to a sharp rise in ticket sales.

And there was no shortage of ‘Ronaldo 7’ shirts and banners bearing his name on display among a crowd who were in a carnival mood.

But it took all of nine seconds for United’s second string to almost concede, with Tom Heaton forced to make a sharp save from Alvaro Garcia.

And the ‘friendly’ hardly lived up to its name on the half-hour when Vallecano fans let off a red flare and police waded in to rip down a large banner draped over the stand by Spanish supporters.

There was a debut for Lisandro Martinez for Manchester United for the Old Trafford friendly

There was a debut for Lisandro Martinez for Manchester United for the Old Trafford friendly

Christian Eriksen made his first start for United in the win over Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford

Christian Eriksen made his first start for United in the win over Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford

Amad finally gave fans something to really cheer about, barely two minutes after coming on, when he reacted first when Diego Lopez made a mess of dealing with an Alex Telles drive and rammed the ball into the open net.

But almost immediately, the visitors could have been level when former Red Devil Radamel Falcao hit the crossbar with a terrific effort.

On 57 minutes, the Spanish side snatched a deserved equalizer when Heaton could only get a hand to a shot from Isi Palazon and Alvaro Garcia netted from a tight angle.

It was Erik ten Hag's first game as Manchester United manager in front of the Old Trafford fans

It was Erik ten Hag’s first game as Manchester United manager in front of the Old Trafford fans

The Rayo Vallecano fans enjoyed their visit to Manchester and made their presence known

The Rayo Vallecano fans enjoyed their visit to Manchester and made their presence known

Summer signings Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez were taken off after an hour, with ten Hag clearly wanting to factor them into his squad plans for the big kick-off.

But that duo appears to be the only players on duty on Sunday in with even a remote chance of starting against Brighton next weekend, with the bulk of ten Hag’s starting line-up having been on duty in Saturday’s defeat against Atletico.

Jadon Sancho, who missed the game in Oslo, was still absent through illness against Vallecano, along with Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with that trio fighting a losing battle to be match fit for the start of the campaign.

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Heaton, Laird, Varane, Martinez (Bailly 61), Telles, Garner (Iqbal 74), Van de Beek, Chong (Hansen-Aaroen 85), Eriksen (Mejbri 61), Garnacho (Shoretire 73), Ronaldo (Diallo 45) .

Subs not used: Bishop, Kovar, Fish, Savage, Wellens.

Goals: Diallo 48.

Yellow cards: Garner 23.

Manager: Erik ten Haag.

Rayo Vallecano (4-2-3-1): Dimitrievski (Lopez 46), Balliu, Suarez, Catena Marugan, Garcia, Lopez (Pozo 65), Ciss (Comesana 83), Palazon (Nteka 74), Trejo (Valetin 65), Garcia (Moreno 82), Falcao (Ponce 65) .

Subs not used: Hernandez, Molero.

Goals: Alvaro Garcia 57.

Yellow cards: Lopez 18.

Manager: Andoni Iraola.

Re-live Sportsmail’s coverage of Manchester United v Rayo Vallecano by MAX MATTHEWS

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