Manchester United target Benjamin Sesko justified links to Europe’s top sides in a pre-season friendly against Liverpool on Wednesday evening. The teenager delighted the crowd by flummoxing two Reds stars with a single skill move, and he also opened the scoring by capping off a slick RB Salzburg attack.
Manchester United are reportedly alongside Newcastle, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in registering an interest in Sesko, who broke through into the Salzburg first team last season. Although his return of five league goals was a modest one, he has already notched two in two this time around and continued his fine form against Liverpool.
Just after the half-hour mark, Sesko began a powerful run towards the Reds’ box before playing a one-two and finishing calmly past Adrian. He earned more approving nods before the interval by consciously drawing in Curtis Jones and James Milner before wriggling between them with an eye-catching heel-to-heel skill move.
Salzburg stood firm over the course of 90 minutes and Sesko’s goal proved to be the winner, despite big guns such as Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz and Virgil van Dijk emerging from the bench.
Manchester United could be in need of a striker over the coming weeks after Cristiano Ronaldo asked to leave Old Trafford due to a lack of Champions League football. Crunch talks held this week failed to turn the tide, and super-agent Jorge Mendes is expected to get back to work in finding a viable destination.
Sesko would be an expensive option at £55million, but Salzburg have a track record of churning out top youngsters at an impressive rate. Manchester City star Erling Haaland and Borussia Dortmund new boy Karim Adeyemi both passed through the Austrian side in recent years before earning big moves.
RED BULL SALZBURG 1-0 LIVERPOOL FC
⚽ 31′ Benjamin Sesko (#RBSalzburg)pic.twitter.com/yyDf563qTi
— All goals replay (@goalsreplayg) July 27, 2022
If Man Utd fans hadn’t heard of Benjamin Sesko last week, they definitely have now. A goal and this against Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/NVUikuA2Y9
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) July 27, 2022
friendly match | Red Bull Salzburg 1 – 0 l Liverpool FC | Benjamin Sesko skill
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