Manchester United played a friendly against non-league side Halifax Town behind closed doors.
United’s disgruntled striker Cristiano Ronaldo started for his side in the game that took place at Carrington.
The Daily Mail reported that United defeated Halifax 5-1 Monday afternoon. KemiFilani understands that the game was for first team players who saw little action on Sunday against Brighton.
United kicked off their 2022/23 EPL season with a 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford yesterday.
And only 24 hours had passed since Ronaldo’s substitute appearance in the second half of United’s opening loss to Brighton and Hove Albion before his start against Halifax.
The 37-year-old was the Red Devils’ most glaring omission, with Erik ten Hag preferring newcomer Christian Eriksen in a false nine position.
On Ronaldo’s fitness and why he did not start against the Seagulls yesterday, Ten Hag said, “It [Ronaldo’s fitness] takes time, you cannot force it.”
“He has had one week of training so is a little bit more and he has to do more to get fit. This game [against Brighton] will help him with 35/40 minutes.”
“Now we have one week and he will be better next week.”