5 talking points as Man Utd thrashed by QPR despite Jesse Lingard’s opener

Manchester United were given a rude awakening by Queens Park Rangers on Saturday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were thrashed 4-1 by their Championship opponents in a pre-season friendly.

Solskjaer fielded an under strength United XI, with several stars still yet to report back for duty, but still had a number of experienced players involved.

Jesse Lingard gave United the perfect start, opening the scoring just minutes after kick-off with a simple finish after nice build-up from Mason Greenwood and Facundo Pellistri.

Their lead was short-lived, however, as Charlie Austin headed Yoann Barbet's pinpoint cross past Tom Heaton to equalise soon after.

From their QPR began to dominate proceedings, enjoying the greater share of possession and pressed effectively to stop United from playing.

Their efforts were rewarded early in the second half when Chris Willock's deflected shot found Lee Wallace at the back post, who cut back for Lyndon Dykes to sidefoot home.

United had rung the changes at the break but fresh legs didn't help their cause as QPR quickly put the game to bed.

Moses Adubajo cut in from the wing to thump a lethal shot past substitute stopper Lee Grant, before Dykes added his second with a driven strike through the legs of Mengi which nestled in the bottom corner.

Anthony Elanga then curled in a fine effort to reduce the deficit but United were unable to mount a comeback.

Here are the talking points from Loftus Road.

1. Lingard continues where he left off

After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Lingard has a role to play this season, the returning midfielder is clearly intent on ensuring he is not just a bit-part player.

Following on from his impressive loan stint at West Ham, the 28-year-old took just three minutes to get on the score sheet in his first start back with United.

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Lingard latched on to a first time pass from Facundo Pellistri and made no mistake with his finish, cooly slotting the ball past QPR 'keeper Seny Dieng.

His spell at West Ham has clearly rejuvenated his career, and if he can recapture similar form, Lingard will be a key player for United this season.

He's certainly got off on the right foot.

2. Defensive problems still present

Arguably United's biggest issue last season were lapses in concentration in defence – and they had another here to concern Solskjaer ahead of the new campaign.

After Lingard had given United the perfect start, it took just four minutes for QPR to pull level.

And despite how good Yoann Barbet's cross was, it was a soft goal to concede from United's point of view.

Wan-Bissaka didn't get tight enough to his opposite full-back, putting no pressure on Barbet as he was able to swing the ball in unchallenged.

In the box, Teden Mengi wasn't much closer to Charlie Austin, either, as the Hoops' striker breezed into a huge space behind him to head home.

More shoddy marking and slow reactions then led to QPR's second as United looked disorganised in defence, with Dykes later given too much room again when he fired in for his brace.

United put out a makeshift back four, given they still have players to return, so it's not a major worry for Solskjaer, but it definitely won't have filled him with much confidence.

3. New kid on the block

Youngster Facundo Pellistri built on his promising display against Derby with another key contribution in United's second friendly of pre-season.

The Uruguayan forward scored in the win over the Rams last weekend, and added an assist vs QPR when he set up Lingard's opener.

Pellistri had drifted into a clever pocket of space and his deft first-time touch was perfectly weighted for his teammate to take full advantage of.

He was a constant threat for United in the first half before his substitution and showed just what he can provide for his side to give Solskjaer plenty of food for thought.

What is perhaps more interesting for United is Daniel James did not quite have the same impact as Pellistri, and the Welshman may now have one eye over his shoulder as he prepares for a battle for minutes.

James has struggled to really cement himself in United's side and has been regularly linked with a move elsewhere.

With Pellistri and Amad pushing for contention, and Jadon Sancho now a United player, time could be running out for James to make his mark.

4. Youth in abundance

Speaking of new kids on the block, Solskjaer used the fixture to give more of the club's academy prospects a run out in what was perhaps one of the only positives from a disappointing trip to London.

It was an afternoon to forget for Mengi, who struggled at the back after failing to keep tabs on Austin for the equaliser.

All eyes were then on Anthony Elanga when he came on for the second half and he almost bagged a goal immediately.

In the end a heavy touch showed enough of the ball to QPR's sub keeper Joe Walsh and the chance was gone, but Elanga was always looking to break the lines.

He got in behind again twice, first ruled marginally offside, before then squandering another glorious opportunity, but later made amends with a well-taken goal.

James Garner, Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire were among the others to get some valuable minutes off the bench, though could do little to stop United slipping to a painful defeat.

5. Shop window or second chance?

Having spent last season out on loan, few would have predicted Andreas Pereira would be back playing in a United shirt again.

And it may only be a short-term arrangement, but Solskjaer's decision to start the midfielder from the off suggests he could still have a chance at staking a first-team claim.

What is more likely is that Solskjaer is looking to drum up interest in the 25-year-old, who was deemed surplus to requirements last summer.

Whether that is the same stance Solskjaer is taking with Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe is unclear.

Both players are on the fringes of the first-team squad and may struggle for game time this season, particularly in Tuanzebe's case if United complete a swoop for Raphael Varane.

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