11 of the best pre-season friendly goals from 2022, including Fred and Aubameyang (twice)

A round-up of some of the most eyecatching goals from pre-season, with Man Utd, Barcelona and Halesowen Town all featuring.

Pre-season friendlies are all about getting minutes in the legs, with results secondary.

You certainly don't want to be wasting decent goals in what is little more than a meaningless kickabout. A firm handshake, maybe a ripple of applause and it will all be forgotten once the proper stuff kicks off.

However, here at Planet Sport we want to celebrate the scorers of the pre-season stunners. After all, a worldie is still a worldie, even if the stakes are low.

Fred (Man Utd vs Liverpool)

It was only a friendly, United's critics say. But you can be sure that if they had lost 4-0 to Liverpool it would have taken on more meaning. Fred scored the pick of the goals, which made it even more special.

Said Benrahma (West Ham vs Boreham Wood)

A decent effort this from Said Benrahma. Plenty of whip and dip. And a wall's a wall no matter what the level of opposition.

William Osula (Sheffield United vs Lincoln)

Eighteen-year-old William Osula scored twice for Sheff United in one of two 60-minute friendly encounters against Lincoln. This neat finish was the best of them.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona vs UE Olot)

Barcelona, they're all tiki-taka aren't they? Well, maybe not, as this route one effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shows.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona vs Inter Miami)

Ah, this is more like it.

Mason O'Malley (Scunthorpe United vs Leeds Under-23s)

Scunthorpe didn't have much to celebrate last season, so maybe Mason O'Malley's winner against Leeds United's under-23 side promises better things to come.

Pedro Goncalves (Sporting Lisbon vs Villarreal)

This strike from Pedro Goncalves is certainly deserving of a bigger audience. He'll clear the stands if he tries to do that in a league match.

Rob Evans (Halesowen vs Stourbridge)

The way he runs back to his position as though this is the kind of thing he does week in, week out is the most impressive thing about this one. Evans scored just once for the Yeltz last season in 39 league appearances.

Lewie Coyle (Hull City vs Malaga)

A superb finish from Lewis Coyle after a move which starts deep in the Hull half but you just know once the real stuff starts they'd have hoofed it clear two passes in.

Mason Mount (Chelsea vs Club America)

Such is the quality of the strike, Mount initially forgets he is playing in a glorified friendly. Thankfully, he soon remembers no one cares.

Neal Maupay (Brighton vs Estoril Praia)

And, one from the other end of the scale. I've watched Neal Maupay's first goal back several times and I still can't work out what the defender is thinking. That he then appeals for offside just adds to the shame.

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