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What happened in Manchester United behind-closed-doors friendly vs Barnsley

Manchester United played Barnsley in a Carrington friendly on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, Manchester United displayed dominance in a closed-door friendly match against League One team, Barnsley, ending the game with a 3-0 win.

The match witnessed a number of main squad members from both sides, who’ve seen fewer play minutes this season, take to the field.

Donny van de Beek and Antony were among the starters. Notably, Antony is on a mission to regain his match form in anticipation of potentially being back in the starting lineup against Sheffield United after the international hiatus.

It’s important to highlight that Antony had taken a brief break from training, over two weeks, to address serious abuse allegations which he has fervently refuted. Since his comeback to Carrington, he’s made appearances as a substitute in matches against Galatasaray and Brentford.

As for Van de Beek, his on-pitch time for the Red Devils this term has been minimal, with a mere 21 minutes spread over two substitute entrances. Even though he was anticipated to depart in the transfer window and wasn’t listed in the Champions League roster, reports indicate that he was one of those who found the back of the net in the match against Barnsley.

In other news, Kobbie Mainoo was initially slated to participate but was held back. Manchester United’s coaching staff believed it premature for him to return, given his extended absence from the game. To recall, Mainoo, at 18 years of age, has been side-lined ever since he incurred an ankle injury during the early moments of a pre-season clash with Real Madrid. The club’s trainers are evidently being cautious, ensuring they don’t rush his recovery.

This report is based on the original article from Manchester Evening News authored by Rich Fay. All recognition and references are attributed to the primary source.

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