United have carried on where they left off last season, slow and witless once more in drawing with a poor Quakes side.
But they actually started fairly well, missing the best chance of the match after only four minutes, Eric Bailly heading hilariously against the bar when picked out, three yards from goal, by Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick.
Very little happened in the remainder of the first half, save for Antonio Valencia limping off with a thigh injury; with Diogo Dalot injured and untried, and Ashley Young resting, United will hope that he is back quickly.
Quakes changed their whole team at half-time and were the better for it, Tim Fosu-Mensah forced to block brilliantly when Vako shot past Lee Grant. Tommy Thompson then forced Grant to save, before Scott McTominay missed United’s only other chance, heading tamely at Matt Bersano after Mason Greenwood’s fine cross.
Then, with just eight minutes left, Yeferson Quintana crashed a header against the bar, and that was more or less that. So United have some problems; though not too much should be read into pre-season, especially when so many players are missing, their lack of speed and cohesion was a problem last season. If they cannot resolve it, they will again fall short of the biggest prizes.