Yokohoma F-Marinos vs. Manchester United: Who Impressed in Preseason Loss?
Manchester United continued their preseason preparations in the Far East, taking on Yokohama F-Marinos at Yokohama Stadium.
David Moyes continued to roll with the youngsters and give chances to those on the brink, but who impressed enough to be considered for their next date with Cerezo Osaka?
Let's take a look at the star performers from the Red Devils' 3-2 loss.
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Adnan Januzaj continues to turn heads after another impressive performance in David Moyes' first preseason campaign at the club.
Manchester United lined up in a 4-2-3-1-esque formation with Januzaj in an advanced midfield position, roaming in and out of the No. 10 role to great effect.
Sir Alex Ferguson's description of him, via Sports Keeda, as a "beautifully balanced player" has been proven spot-on after showing great confidence, technical capability and willingness to run.
Jesse Lingard is another impressing in preseason, but will be hoping he can use it as a platform for success this time around.
The midfielder enjoyed a promising campaign in South Africa ahead of the 2012-13 season, but failed to crack the first-team. According to The Independent, he has been told to show more self-belief.
Against Yokohama F-Marinos he impressed on the left-hand side. He didn't shine the brightest, but didn't go missing for long periods like several others did.
He picked up a deserved goal to draw his club level at 1-1 in the first half.
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Not a lot was expected from Yokohama F-Marinos, but boy did they show up!
Cheered on by a massive home crowd and inspired by the fact that they were playing Manchester United, the local team put the Red Devils to the sword, and excelled in several areas.
The right side was potent, ripping Patrice Evra apart on multiple occasions, and working fantastic opportunities to score.
There were several impressive performances from central midfield, consistently turning the ball over and lapping up Man Utd mistakes.
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There were more than 50 shots of Shinji Kagawa on MUTV before he even stepped onto the field.
When he entered the fray at 60 minutes, Yokohama Stadium erupted into a spine-tingling roar, far outweighing anything produced when the home side scored their goals.
Despite only playing 30 minutes and missing a one vs. one chance, Kagawa was named Man of the Match.
Kagawa impressed not on the pitch, but in his marketability: The Japanese ace is akin to a national hero, and United will reap the benefits in merchandising sales.
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Anderson was given another shot in the middle of a 4-2-3-1, but looked a little suspect once more.
The holding pivot was a little iffy and clearly missed Michael Carrick, and despite playing a perceived "lesser team," Anderson hardly covered himself in glory.
Uncertain in possession and averse to risks, it's tough to see him surviving in the David Moyes regime.
Wilfried Zaha was good in flashes, showed great athleticism and the odd silky touch, and he needs to build on this and continue to improve if he wants siginifcant chunks of playing time next season.