Manchester United end pre-season Australian tour, draw 2-2 with Aston Villa
By Valentine Amanze
Manchester United have ended their pre-season Australian tour, drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa on Saturday July 23, 2022. Jadon Sancho, who was one of the best performers in the tournament, gave Manchester United advantage with the 26th minute strike.
United were two goals up by half-time thanks to Jadon Sancho’s third goal in four tour appearances as well as a Matty Cash own-goal.
However, the Erik ten Hag team lost control after wholesale changes were made by the manager during the second half and Leon Bailey pulled one back for Steven Gerrard’s side.
It had looked as though United would see out the win, despite being firmly second best in the second half, but Calum Chambers headed home from a corner to ensure the game ended all square.
Ten Hag and his players will now fly back to Europe ahead of their final pre-season games against Atletico Madrid in Oslo next Saturday, and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford next Sunday.
United began their summer schedule with a thumping 4-0 win over Liverpool in Thailand, before they went on to beat both Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in Melbourne.
Manchester United player ratings
David de Gea
Had little to do before he was beaten by Leon Bailey’s curler and made a decent save in the 84th minute as Villa threatened an equaliser. But then he was at fault for the equaliser. 5
Started the attack that was finished by Jadon Sancho for the first goal and performed consistently again to end a terrific tour on a high. 7
Booed by a minority when his name was announced, Maguire was undeterred and prevented an equaliser with a block on the line. 7
Secure in the first-half and the opposite in the second when he allowed Bailey inside to shoot and that gave Villa momentum. 6
Had his most proactive half of the tour in the first, assisting Sancho. Caught high up the pitch when Bailey struck and was breached again. 6
Donny van de Beek
Looked like a theatre-goer who had turned up at Glastonbury. At a time where United are going Dutch, Van de Beek was out of touch. 4
Ten Hag’s “connector” lived up to his billing in a fine first-half and Fred’s pass unlocked Villa’s defence for Matty Cash’s own goal. Regained the ball a number of times. 7
Scored the first goal and contributed to the second to cap a fabulous tour. Not majorly involved but United were at the liveliest when Sancho was on the ball. 7
Probably his weakest performance of the four games as his sloppiness returned but he was involved in the move for the first goal. 6
Involved in both goals, albeit for the second his shot was heading out for a throw-in. Had a progressive tour after an underwhelming start. 7
Did not have an outstanding opportunity but his work off the ball and in the build-up play was laudable ujntil Villa got a foothold. 6
Annoyed De Gea. 5
Booked and outjumped by Calum Chambers. 5
Outpaced by Bailey. 5
More minutes. 6
First appearance on tour. 6
Played in midfield. 5
More good experience. 6
Put himself about. 6
Turned attack into defence. 5
Alert on the ball. 6