Man Utd suffered an embarrassing 4-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in their second pre-season friendly of the summer.
It’s not often that the football feels like a sideshow, but after a defining 24 hours for Manchester United United’s, a low-key friendly in West London against Championship opposition was never going to reveal many truths to us, other than those we already knew.
The 24 hours or so that preceded United’s trip to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium will have a more decisive impact on this season than the 90 minutes against Queens Park Rangers, however, embarrassing it felt on Saturday afternoon.
It’s doubtful that Jadon Sancho interrupted his holiday to tune in to a friend that featured maybe only two players he will line up alongside against Leeds in three weeks. If he did he’d have switched by the hour mark, but it was the 21-year-old’s name that was the talk of the 2,000 or so United fans who made the trip to the capital.
Having landed the transfer target he has prized above all others for the last two-and-a-half years, Solskjaer landed himself a new contract, confirmed on Saturday morning. If it sent some social media warriors into meltdown it was met with approval by the match goers, who sang Solskjaer’s name above all others in the School End, a proper away end in a proper stadium. The relentless support showed how irrelevant they felt the action to be in the grand scheme of this season.
The Norwegian has rarely lost the faith of his employers or United’s most loyal supporters, but this feels like the prelude to a defining season, one where only a substantial title challenge will suffice. Embarrassing friendly defeats to Championship opposition will be forgotten if glistening trophies arrive in May