Calum Chambers equalized in the final minutes as Manchester United squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2–2 at Aston Villa.

Jadon Sancho scored his third goal in an impressive pre-season tour but after United dominated the first half they bounced back in the last minute.

Club Friendlies

Manchester United 2-2 Aston Villa

Goals: J. Sancho (25′) – (1-0). M. Cash (42 own goal’) – (2-0). L. Bailey (49′) – (2-1). C. Chambers (90+3′) – (2-2).

Van de Beek gets his big chance

Scott McTominay practiced for this game but was not fit enough to compete in the final game of the tour.

As expected, this gave Donny van de Beek the opportunity to make his first preseason start.

Van de Beek was replaced amid a flurry of substitutions on 66 minutes, leaving him to reflect on what was potentially a missed opportunity.

Despite concerns over the pitch at the Optus Stadium following heavy rainfall in Perth, Man United started quickly with Maguire’s header from Luke Shaw’s corner pushed away by Emiliano Martínez.

Aston Villa’s only chance for the half came from Cash’s 25-yard low shot that went wide of David de Gea’s right post.

Manchester United controlled the game as Sancho failed to score his third goal of the pre-season due to a sharp save from Martinez, although he didn’t have to wait long to score.

Diego Dalot started down the right flank with a cross by Anthony Martial who passed the ball to Bruno Fernandes. The midfielder moved him to Rashford from the left and he waited for Shaw to block the pass with a left-back cross for Sancho to volley.

Rashford, who also looked active in the game, then shot wide before playing a key role in United’s second goal as Sancho broke through the Villa defense and crossed for Rashford, whose off-target volley deflected off the hapless Cash into his own net.

Aston Villa missed a shot on target in the first half, resulting in five substitutions at half-time. This had an effect as Ollie Watkins made a wide turn before substitute Bailey took advantage of a poor defense by Victor Lindelof who pulled back and allowed the attacker to land a great low shot into the far corner.

United almost regained their two-goal lead when Ezri Konsa turned Sancho into his own net, but substitute Robin Olsen saved the ball well.

Bailey was causing trouble on the left side of United and nearly equalized when his shot from the edge of the box deflected off Martial. The player then went behind the United defense, went around De Gea, but saw how Maguire brilliantly blocked his shot.

United made seven substitutions with 20 minutes left in the game, but their fresh feet on a torn pitch failed to lead to victory as Bayley’s final kick came from a corner header from Chambers.

What’s next?

Manchester United will play Atlético Madrid in the penultimate friendly before the start of the season.

Aston Villa will travel to France for their final pre-season match against Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes.


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