Erik ten Hag might just have hinted at new roles for two Manchester United players

There was a moment in Manchester United’s game against Lyon when Matej Kovar played a pass that most goalkeepers wouldn’t dare send into midfield. It sent pulses racing through most Murrayfield races, but Erik ten Hag stood undisturbed.

That’s how he wants his side to play and that’s why David de Gea had to leave. United have agreed a deal to sign on-ball goalkeeper Andre Onana and club sources are relaxed about him joining the squad in pre-season.

Kovar produced a few audible gasps in the first half against Lyon and he was brave on the ball. Those gasps are expected to become a regular occurrence as the Old Trafford crowd are introduced to Onana in the new season.

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You need a competent ball-playing goalkeeper to play out from the back, but the outfield players are just as important. The composed Lisandro Martinez regularly collected the ball from Kovar and he was calm against the Lyon press.

After more than a decade with David de Gea, the defensive backline will inevitably have to adapt to the new style of play and it will take time. Some players need more time than others and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s passing was a bit sloppy, although he made a crucial block to deny Lyon a goal after a number of United chances were wasted at the start of the game .

It’s certainly no secret that this team needs a scorer, and that was evident again on Wednesday afternoon. Antony returned to the side and he wasted an early chance which was followed by Amad wasting two opportunities.

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