Manchester United were beaten 3-0 by Burnley in a behind-closed-doors friendly clash at their Carrington training ground on Wednesday.

While details on the encounter are scarce, it is believed that Jonny Evans, Hannibal Mejbri, Alvaro Fernandez, Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, and Facundo Pellistri were among the starters for United.

Both sides were using the game as a training exercise with the fact that it was played without fans or media in attendance being a ploy by both sides to play their cards close to their chest in terms of formation ideas to upcoming opponents in the Premier League.

The outcome of the game will do little to quell concerns on a slow start made by Erik ten Hag’s side to their 2023/24 campaign. Saturday’s limp two-goal defeat at Tottenham followed a hugely unconvincing narrow victory over Wolves the previous week.

In that context, the result of this clash against Burnley – who have played just one Premier League match thus far, losing 3-0 on the opening day against champions Manchester City – will only add to growing worries among the United fanbase.

While a return of three points from their opening two Premier League matches is far from a disastrous outcome – and indeed is a significant improvement on their opening two games of last season – and they should have led at Tottenham before a concerning second half showing, there is a growing sense of frustration at the club.

It comes amid the ongoing takeover uncertainty at the club, with the Glazer family still at the head of United despite opening the process to sell the club nine months ago. There are still no indications of a solution to that process, which has cast uncertainty over United’s transfer window.

While Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund have been signed, there is a sense that United’s squad is still lacking in players whom Ten Hag believes can be starters and remains bloated with players who are not in his first-team plans: Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay are four such members who face uncertain futures.

It is the second behind-closed-doors friendly United have hosted at their Carrington training ground, after beating Everton 2-0 last Tuesday. An own goal and a McTominay strike was enough for United to run out victors in that clash.

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