Manchester United vs. Rayo Vallecano live score, updates, highlights as Cristiano Ronaldo makes first preseason start

Manchester United welcome Spanish side Rayo Vallecano to Old Trafford for their final preseason game ahead of the 2022/23 Premier League season.

United have enjoyed a solid summer under new boss Erik ten Hag, with wins over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in Thailand and Australia, before losing 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in Oslo on July 30.

Rayo’s visit to Manchester is Ten Hag’s final chance to assess his squad ahead of their campaign opener at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on August 7.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the United squad is the big pre-game story, despite speculation surrounding his future at the club, with the 37-year-old yet to feature in preseason.

Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary from Old Trafford.

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Manchester United vs. Rayo Vallecano live score

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Manchester United 0
Rayo Vallecano 0


Amad MU, 49th Min, A. Garcia RAY, 58th Min

Man United vs. Rayo live updates, highlights from preseason

72 Mins: United try and work a quick free kick to van de Beek but his effort is well wide. More changes for the hosts as they look to turn the tide in the final 15 minutes.

66 Mins: Rayo are looking to press their momentum onto United now as Laird gets back to snuff out a counter attack before substitute Bailly gets his body in to block out Garcia inside the box.

60 Mins: Double change for United on the hour as debutants Eriksen and Martinez head off and Hannibal Mejbri and Eric Bailly come on.

58 Mins: RAYO ARE LEVEL!!!!

Rayo have reacted well to Amad’s goal and the visitors are level!!

Isi Palazon’s drive is beaten away by Heaton but Alvaro Garcia is alive to the loose ball to steer home an equalizer.


Rayo almost instantly hit back as Falcao works an angle to strike from distance………Heaton is well beaten……..but the strike comes back off the bar!!!!

49 Mins: 1-0 UNITED!!!!!


Eriksen’s pass releases Alex Telles in space, his strike is spilled by substitute keeper Diego Lopez, with Amad immediately on hand to prod home the opener.


RONALDO IS OFF……..with Amad Diallo replacing him at the break!


All square at the break at Old Trafford with United edging the contest in terms of chances. Garancho has been full of tricks, with Eriksen controlling the midfield, but no breakthrough for United, with Ronaldo and debutant Eriksen both off target.

43 Mins: Garancho links up with Chong again but AGAIN the latter blazes off target!!

38 Mins: United started to turn the screw before half time as Garancho tricks his way through before seeing a shot blocked.

31 Mins: Big chance for Eriksen!!

Rayo only half clear, and Danish star Eriksen catches the loose ball sweetly on the edge of the box, but his effort is deflected just wide.

25 Mins: Lisandro Martinez gets across quickly to snuff out former United man Radamel Falcao before Garner picks up a booking for a late tackle.

18 Mins: Christian Eriksen looks to open the Rayo defense with a superb long pass before Unai Lopez is booked for a cynical pull on James Garner.

Dimitrievski then almost gives Chong a chance with a poor clearance but the Rayo defense recovers and clears their lines.

15 Mins: Highly rated Alejandro Garancho has carried the bulk of United’s early threat and his clever flick puts Tahith Chong but the Dutchman’s shot is easily gathered by Rayo keeper Stole Dimitrievski.

12 Mins: Chance for Ronaldo as Donny van de Beek wins possession high up for United but the hosts No.7 blasts well over the top.

10 Mins: The United ‘supporting cast’ are in attendance at Old Trafford

5 Mins: Really positive start from Rayo as they spring in behind United full back Ethan Laird and force a smart early stop from Tom Heaton.


5 Mins to KO: Ten Hag confirms Ronaldo plan against Rayo Vallecano

With Ronaldo only playing a limited role in United’s preseason, ten Hag is unsure how long he will last against Rayo, after only returning to training five days ago.

The Portuguese superstar continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford as he seeks to play Champions League football in 2022/23.

“It’s Ronaldo’s first time, he’s had one-week training and we will see. He needs games and a lot of training still.”

10 Mins to KO: Ten Hag all set for his Old Trafford debut!!

25 Mins to KO: United fans making their feelings over Ronaldo’s future clear ahead of KO at Old Trafford.

40 Mins to KO: United new faces getting a taste of the Old Trafford pre-game atmosphere!!!


The major pre-game narrative has come true with Ronaldo making his first appearance in United’s preseason campaign alongside home debuts for summer signings Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez.

Former United striker Radamel Falcao starts for the visitors alongside highly rated duo Isi Palazon and Fran Garcia.

90 minutes to kickoff: Erik ten Hag will lead Man United for the first time at Old Trafford. If the good vibes he talks about below are to continue into next weekend’s Premier League debut, a good showing by his reserve side, and perhaps a few goals for Cristiano Ronaldo, wouldn’t hurt.

Manchester United vs. Rayo Vallecano lineups

Ten Hag has immediately restored Ronaldo to the starting XI, taking into account the demands of two games in 24 hours, which has forced major lineup changes.

Lisandro Martinez did not feature against Atletico Madrid and makes his debut, alongside young stars including Tahith Chong and James Garner.

Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Heaton (GK) — Laird, Varane, Martinez, Telles — Garner, van de Beek — Chong, Eriksen, Garancho — Ronaldo

Manchester United subs (12): Bishop (GK), Kovar (GK), Bailly, Fish, Wellens, Hannibal, Hanson, Iqbal, Savage, Amad, McNeill, Shoretire

Former United star Radamel Falcao starts against his old side with manager Andoni Iraola opting for a strong XI in Manchester.

Rayo Vallecano starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Dimitrievski (GK) — F. Garcia, Suarez, Catena, Balliu — Ciss, A. Garcia — U. Lopez, Trejo, Palazon — Falcao

Rayo Vallecano subs (10): D. Lopez (GK), Maras, Comesana, Nteka, Salvi, Moreno, Pozo, Valentin, Munoz, Mendez

MORE: How Man United suffered first loss of preseason vs. Atletico Madrid

Manchester United vs. Rayo Vallecano TV channel, live stream

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The match will be televised and streamed exclusively by Manchester United’s official channel, MUTV.

Subscriptions cost £7.99 ($9.66) a month or £29.99 ($36.24) a year.

Man United in Premier League 2022/23: TV channels, live streams

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UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on the NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.

Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.

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