Man United 1-1 Rayo Vallecano LIVE! Pre-season friendly result, match stream and latest updates as Ronaldo returns

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Manchester United vs Rayo Vallecano – LIVE!

Cristiano Ronaldo played 45 minutes on his Manchester United return as they drew their final pre-season friendly.

Ronaldo wants to leave United this summer but was back in the team at Old Trafford after missing their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia. Despite his desire to move, the 37-year-old was given an excellent reception on his first appearance for United since their 4-0 defeat at Brighton on May 7.

He had one sight of goal but his effort was understandably rusty as he fired high and wide with his left foot from inside the area. Erik Ten Hag will now assess Ronaldo next week before deciding whether he will feature for United in their first Premier League game of the season against Brighton next weekend.

Ronaldo has been at Carrington this week to discuss his future with Ten Hag, who was taking charge of his first game as United manager at Old Trafford. United’s stance is that Ronaldo is not for sale.

Man United vs Rayo Vallecano latest news

  • GOAL! Amad puts United ahead

  • GOAL! Vallecano equalise through Garcia

  • Ronaldo plays 45 minutes on his United return

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Full-time: Manchester United 1-1 Rayo Vallecano

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Ronaldo gets 45 minutes as United are held in their final pre-season friendly.

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87 mins: A sight at goal for Telles but he leans back and fires well over the bar. This one looks to be heading for a draw.

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81 mins: Iqbal shoots from distance, a really good strike but he just drags it wide from 25 yards.

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80 mins: United are not creating much now. Rayo have been well organised and are frustrating United.

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76 mins: The large number of changes has disrupted the flow of the game.

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74 mins: More United changes: Garnacho is one of the players who makes way, he has looked really good today.

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65 mins: Amad is brought down on the edge of the box. He has looked sharp since his introduction. The free-kick comes to nothing.

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60 mins: Two United changes: Hannibal comes on for Eriksen and Bailly on for Martinez, who has looked decent this afternoon.

GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 Rayo Vallecano | Garcia 58’

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Equaliser! Camacho's shot is well saved by Heaton but Garcia is first to react and taps home into an empty net.

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Here’s that Amad goal...

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52 mins: Off the bar from Falcao! The former United man almost beats Heaton from range.

GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Rayo Vallecano | Amad 48’

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The man who replaced Ronaldo has put United in front! Telles shoots from distance and all the goalkeeper can do is parry it into the path of Amad who scores easily.

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Ronaldo has been replaced by Amad, which is the only United change at half-time.

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46 mins: We’re back underway for the second half at Old Trafford. Ronaldo has been substituted at half-time, so the 37-year-old gets only 45 minutes of action ahead of next weekend’s Premier League opener against Brighton.

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Garnacho has been the stand-out player so far...

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This was the closest United came to a goal in the first half...

Half-time: Manchester United 0-0 Rayo Vallecano

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United's best opportunities have come from the left through Garnacho, who has been excellent. Ronaldo had that one sight at goal in the first half but fired high and wide. All-square at the break.

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42 mins: Incisive play from Garnacho again. He beats two Rayo defenders, feeds Chongbut he curls the ball high and wide. Garnacho has looked really good today.

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37 mins: Desperate defending from Rayo. Tricky play from Garnacho down the left again creates an opening but his shot is blocked. Laird then shoots on the rebound but Rayo block again and clear. More really good play from Garnacho, who has been the standout player in this first half.

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35 mins: Laird gets caught in possession on the edge of his own box but the referee blows for a foul.

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Ten Hag on the touchline..

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30 mins: So close from Eriksen! The ball falls to the Dane on the edge of the area and he curls an effort just wide. That might have even clipped the outside of the post. His goal threat could be huge for United this season. Still 0-0.

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29 mins: The small pocket of travelling Spanish fans have set off red smoke bombs and stewards have intervened.

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27 mins: Ronaldo and Van de Beek combine with a neat one-two before Ronaldo slides a ball in behind for Eriksen, but it just had too much on it.

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26 mins: United are playing with two No8s in Van de Beek and Eriksen, with Garner playing a bit deeper as a No6.

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A first look at Lisandro Martinez in a United shirt...

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22 mins: Garner gets a yellow card for a meaty challenge on the touchline.

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Here is Ronaldo’s chance from earlier...

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20 mins: Chance for Rayo. Falcao gets across his marker and Martinez has to come across to cover and clear. A good run from Falcao and well defended by Martinez.

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19 mins: Almost a horrible moment for the Rayo goalkeeper, who passes the ball straight to Chong on the edge of the area. Chong tries to cut back for a shot but Rayo scramble it clear.

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A welcome sight for every Manchester United fan...

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14 mins: Chong gets a shooting opportunity after some good work from Garnacho but he shoots straight at the Rayo goalkeeper. There is a buzz every time Garnacho gets the ball.

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11 mins: First chance for Ronaldo! Rayo give the ball away and United break. Van de Beek plays in Ronaldo for a shooting opportunity on the left of the penalty area but he blazes his shot over the bar. That looked a bit rusty, which is understandable.

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10 mins: Garnacho is seeing a lot of the ball early on. He has a shot blocked but is looking lively.

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9 mins: Decent build-up play from United. Ronaldo is involved, Laird crosses from the right but Rayo clear behind for a corner… which is headed away.

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5 mins: Garnacho gets the crowd on their feet with some quick footwork. He has already beaten a few Rayo players down the left, with Ronaldo playing through the middle.

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3 mins: An early touch for Ronaldo as United attack down the left but Rayo clear.

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1 mins: Heaton is called into action in the first 10 seconds! A straight ball over the top catches out the United defence and the United goalkeeper is forced to make a great early save.

Kick-off!

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We’re underway at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo is back in a Manchester United shirt! Can he have an impact on his return?

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Here come the two teams!

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Here’s the new manager greeting the Old Trafford crowd...

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Kick-off is in less than 10 minutes away. Both teams have finished their warm-ups, not long now...

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Ten Hag is also given a good reception as he walks out of the tunnel.

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Huge cheers for Ronaldo as his name is read out inside Old Trafford. Despite some rumours suggesting he would be booed on his return, United fans give Ronaldo a great reception as he prepares for his first game for United since their 4-0 defeat at Brighton on May 7.

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Ten Hag in his first programme notes: "Whoever is selected, I want to see them playing proactive, attacking football and going out with one clear objective: to win. If they do so, then I think Old Trafford will enjoy the spectacle."

A look at the warm ups

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First Old Trafford appearances for two of Man United’s new signings!

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Taking in the atmosphere for the first time...

The fans are turning out to see Ronaldo

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Confirmed Man United lineup: Ronaldo starts

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Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid: A recap

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Manchester United fell to their first defeat of pre-season as Joao Felix‘s late strike settled a battling friendly for Atletico Madrid in Oslo.

Fred was also sent off for a second yellow card in the final minutes, United’s second red card in five pre-season friendlies.

Erik ten Hag picked a strong starting line-up, though Jadon Sancho missed out through illness, in the strongest hint yet of what his team for next week’s Premier League opener against Brighton will be.

Read our full match report here!

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He’s back!

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A walk Cristiano Ronaldo probably didn’t want to do again...

Prediction

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Clearly, it’s difficult to make too many judgements based on pre-season, although United have shown promising signs under Ten Hag.

With a host of players looking to play their way into the Dutchman’s team, it seems fair to suggest a home win is likely.

Man United to win 2-0.

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Man United team news: Cristiano Ronaldo back in action

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Manchester United will today hand Cristiano Ronaldo his first minutes of pre-season in a pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano.

Ronaldo remains keen to leave the club this summer and has stayed away for the entire of new manager Erik ten Hag‘s first weeks as he tried to engineer a move to no avail.

The Portuguese was not included in the squad which lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid on Saturday but will join the second-string team in Oslo this afternoon.

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Where to watch Manchester United vs Rayo Vallecano

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TV channel: The game will be broadcast on MUTV.

Live stream: Both ManUnited.com and the United App will offer live stream services.

LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog!

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Welcome

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Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s dedicated LIVE coverage of Manchester United’s preseason friendly meeting with Rayo Vallecano.

Kick-off from Old Trafford is at 4pm BST.

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