Manchester United end pre-season Australian tour, draw 2-2 with Aston Villa

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Manchester United players celebrating one of their goals,

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

Diogo Dalot

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

Harry Maguire

Booed by a minority when his name was announced, Maguire was undeterred and prevented an equaliser with a block on the line. 7

Victor Lindelof

Secure in the first-half and the opposite in the second when he allowed Bailey inside to shoot and that gave Villa momentum. 6

Luke Shaw

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

Fred

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

Jadon Sancho

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

Bruno Fernandes

Probably his weakest performance of the four games as his sloppiness returned but he was involved in the move for the first goal. 6

Marcus Rashford

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

Anthony Martial

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

Subs

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Annoyed De Gea. 5

Eric Bailly

Booked and outjumped by Calum Chambers. 5

Raphael Varane

Outpaced by Bailey. 5

Tyrell Malacia

More minutes. 6

James Garner

First appearance on tour. 6

Alex Telles

Played in midfield. 5

Zidane Iqbal

More good experience. 6

Hannibal Mejbri

Put himself about. 6

Anthony Elanga

Turned attack into defence. 5

Tahith Chong

Alert on the ball. 6

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