EFL friendlies round-up

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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Empics)

AFTER drawing 0-0 with Chester in midweek, WIGAN hosted Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool over the weekend.

It was Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of United and his new side enjoyed a 2-0 victory on Saturday, with ex-Wigan loanee Will Keane and Andreas Pereira scoring early in the second half.

Dan Burn started in the centre of defence while fellow new boy Nick Powell came on for the last 18 minutes along with first-year professional James Barrigan, The youngster replaced former Latic Ryan Taylor, who has returned to the Championship new boys on trial.

Liverpool also won 2-0, Danny Ings and Ben Woodburn scoring late on. Barrigan and Craig Davies were the only Wigan players to feature in both games, coming on as late substitutes on Sunday.

BOLTON played their first game since returning from their pre-season training camp and suffered a 2-1 defeat at League Two Mansfield.

Danny Rose, the Stags’ summer signing from Bury, and Krystian Pearce scored for the hosts in the first half. Zach Clough pulled one back for Bolton in the second half, which saw keeper Mark Howard replace Ben Amos after making a free transfer from Sheffield United last week.

BURY played in a triangular tournament on Saturday, losing 1-0 to Blackburn and then 4-0 to hosts Morecambe.

The Shakers featured two trialists against Blackburn, namely Michael Demetriou and Neil Danns, and Danny Graham’s early goal proved decisive.

A youthful side for the second game also featured two trialists ā€“ Richard Chaplow and Sam Levell ā€“ but Morecambe won the tournament after scoring twice in each half.

ROCHDALE also had two different sides playing on the same day, with manager Keith Hill taking a team to Stockport County and his assistant Chris Beech overseeing a side at Curzon Ashton.

Theo Robinson started at Stockport while fellow trialists Timothy Dieng and Tony Thompson each got a half in goal, with Calvin Andrew’s late penalty proving the only goal of the game.

Over in Ashton, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing bagged a brace while Joe Bunney also struck in a 3-1 victory over Curzon.

Steve Robinson’s first game as OLDHAM boss saw the Latics lose 2-0 at home to Championship side Huddersfield.

Harry Bunn, son of Latics legend Frankie, and Jack Payne struck late on, with new signings Marc Klok and Ryan Flynn featuring for Oldham.

Robinson opted for a 3-5-2 formation, with Josh Law and Jamie Reckord as wing-backs and first-year professional Jamie Stott in defence.