EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 22: Mason Mount #7 of Manchester United during the Champions Tour soccer game against Manchester United on July 22, 2023 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

How Man Utd’s new summer signings have fared in pre-season so far

Manchester United’s second pre-season under Erik ten Hag is coming to a close, and things are looking very different around the place with the introduction of some new, key signings.

The Red Devils rather abruptly waved goodbye to David de Gea after 12 years upon the expiry of his contract, despite initially offering him new terms, replacing him with Inter’s Andre Onana.

They also poached Mason Mount from Chelsea early on in the transfer window, with Ten Hag keen to continue leaving his mark on the squad.

More signings are expected before the transfer window slams shut, but for now, we’re taking a look at the new (and some old) faces who had to make an impression in front of the boss.

Mason Mount

Signing for a rather hefty £55million initial fee at the beginning of July, Mount was immediately given the number seven shirt and linked up with his new team ahead of the tour to the United States.

A strong start against Leeds United in Oslo continued into the US, but dwindled out during defeats to Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, with the English midfielder being used in a variety of positions as Ten Hag tries to configure his side.

Interestingly, Mount’s slight drop in performance seemed to coincide with the injury picked by Kobbie Mainoo; a testament to the teenager’s showings.

Still, it can be considered a positive pre-season for Mount. Ten Hag clearly values him and will be placing a lot of expectation on him heading into the campaign, and he’s had a sufficient amount of time to settle in around his new teammates and get up to speed with life as a United player.

Andre Onana

United moved quickly to secure a deal to sign Onana from Inter following the expiry of De Gea’s contract.

And after his first few performances in a United shirt, the difference between himself and the Spaniard is already night and day.

Onana has already brought a much more positive and modernised style to United’s goalkeeping, positioning himself in nosebleed territory rather often, coming to claim crosses and being able to start phases of play with his passing.

There have been no glaring errors just yet – though don’t be surprised when one does occur – but the Cameroonian’s high-risk, high-reward approach has already paid dividends.

It’s still early days, but his influence could be massive on the club’s fortunes, with United now able to properly play out from the back and beat a team’s press. Really promising stuff.

Oh, he’s also very noisy and loves to shout at his defenders. Any goalkeeper that does that gets our vote. Great fun.

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Jonny Evans

United fans shuddered as news surfaced that they had re-signed Jonny Evans in the year 2023, after he left Leicester following their relegation and became a free agent.

Interestingly, though, the deal was only a short-term one that covered their pre-season games, allowing him to play some minutes while also training with his former club in a bid to maintain match sharpness while looking for his next transfer.

The 35-year-old was sold in 2015, but made his unofficial second debut as a substitute against Lyon, which went well. He then linked up with United’s youth squad out in the States, featuring against Wrexham but struggling as a second string, youth outfit lost 3-1.

He featured again late on in defeat to Borussia Dortmund, but could yet still stick around for the entire season.

Reports suggest that Evans is close to earning himself a one-year deal at United, providing backup with Harry Maguire’s future unclear. A strange and very unexpected full-circle moment for a player who ultimately wasn’t good enough eight years ago.

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