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Man Utd 2-2 Aston Villa: Player ratings from rain-soaked friendly in Australia

Jamie Spencer
Aston Villa scored a stoppage time equaliser against Man Utd
Aston Villa scored a stoppage time equaliser against Man Utd / James Worsfold/GettyImages
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Aston Villa completed a spirited second half comeback against Manchester United in tough weather conditions in Perth to draw 2-2 in a pre-season friendly.

Jadon Sancho and an own goal from Matty Cash gave a dominant United a deserved half-time lead. But substitute Leon Bailey dragged a Villa side that had been very poor for 45 minutes back into it with a goal and top performance, before Calum Chambers headed in a stoppage time equaliser.

After heavy rainfall in Perth, the pitch at Optus Stadium had been subject to a pitch inspection a couple of hours before kick-off and it was clear from early in the game that the turf was going to start cutting up, making playing condition a challenge.

The first real chance of the game saw Emiliano Martinez make a stunning save to deny Harry Maguire. Martinez also had to be alert to deny a low Sancho effort as the drove into the box and the Villa defenders backed away. The United winger had otherwise been a little quiet on his right flank but popped up unmarked in the box to break the deadlock midway through the first half.

It was Luke Shaw’s overlapping run beyond Marcus Rashford that really made the chance, clipping the ball into the box for Sancho to coolly volley in.

The rain soon started pouring again but it didn’t dampen United’s spirits because they were still on the front foot and doubled their lead shortly before half-time. The ball over the top to Sancho sent Villa defenders running back to their own goal, with Rashford’s wayward shot taking a decisive deflection off Cash in his attempt to block.

Villa lacked energy in the first half and seemed to be playing at half pace in defence and up front, pushing Steven Gerrard into more half-time changes he might have been planning to. There was an immediate upturn in performance, with Bailey pressing in a way Danny Ings hadn’t.

Bailey did more in his first five minutes on the pitch than Villa’s entire attacking output in the whole first half. The Jamaican winger deserved his goal to reduce the deficit to just one, finding the bottom corner, and continued to provide a threat that had been totally absent before he came on.

United hadn’t made any changes at the break and were on the backfoot. When Bailey was released down Villa’s right and rounded De Gea, it looked as though it would be 2-2 until Maguire’s last ditch slide diverted the ball behind for a corner.

Gerrard made six more changes midway through the second half, with Ten Hag following suit quickly after and making 10, swapping out every outfield player. The mass substitutions and increasingly soft pitch did affect the rhythm of the game.

Villa always remained the more likely to score the next goal and eventually got it when Chambers rose highest with the last touch of the game to nod in from a corner.


1. Man Utd (4-3-3)

Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, Luke Shaw
Man Utd dominated the first half / Will Russell/GettyImages

GK: David de Gea - 5/10 - Tested much more after the break. Will have been disappointed with the way the equaliser went in.

RB: Diogo Dalot - 6/10 - Never really in much danger.

CB: Harry Maguire (c) - 7/10 - Went close to opening the scoring with a header that was well saved. A goal-line block later preserved the lead.

CB: Victor Lindelof - 5/10 - Done by Bailey's quick feet for Villa's goal.

LB: Luke Shaw - 6/10 - Made the opening goal with his overlapping run.

CM: Donny van de Beek - 6/10 - Looked to get into the box from midfield that appears to be a specific instruction from Ten Hag.

CM: Fred - 6/10 - Having a good pre-season overall.

AM: Bruno Fernandes - 7/10 - Pulled the stings behind the front players and was key to opening goal.

RW: Jadon Sancho - 8/10 - Had a quiet start to the game but scored the opener and then made the second.

ST: Anthony Martial - 6/10 - Linked up the play well in central areas.

LW: Marcus Rashford - 7/10 - Won't get credited for the second goal but it was his shot that forced the own goal. Had a hand in the first too.

SUB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (67' for Dalot) - 6/10

SUB: Eric Bailly (67' for Maguire) - 7/10

SUB: Raphael Varane (67' for Lindelof) - 6/10

SUB: Tyrell Malacia (67' for Shaw) - 6/10

SUB: James Garner (67' for Van de Beek) - 6/10

SUB: Zidane Iqbal (67' for Fred) - 6/10

SUB: Alex Telles (67' for Fernandes) - 5/10

SUB: Hannibal Mejbri (67' for Sancho) - 6/10

SUB: Tahith Chong (67' for Martial) - 5/10

SUB: Anthony Elanga (67' for Rashford) - 5/10

2. Aston Villa (4-3-1-2)

John McGinn, Leon Bailey, Douglas Luiz
Leon Bailey's arrival completely changed things / Albert Perez/GettyImages

GK: Emiliano Martinez - 6/10 - Made some good early saves.

RB: Matty Cash - 5/10 - Gets credit for the freak own goal but was arguably in the wrong position in the first place.

CB: Diego Carlos - 5/10 - Looked keen to play on the front foot and with aggression but was a little off the pace.

CB: Tyrone Mings (c) - 4/10 - Second best against Martial and didn't return after half-time.

LB: Lucas Digne - 6/10 -
Lost Sancho for the opener but started to get forward more freely after the half-time changes.

CM: Jacob Ramsey - 4/10 - Didn't get involved in the game the same way he bossed things against United last season.

CM: Boubacar Kamara - 6/10 - Much improved after the break.

CM: John McGinn - 5/10 - A lack of his usual tenacity is probably indicative of it being pre-season. Booked for a cynical foul after the restart.

AM: Philippe Coutinho - 4/10 - Booked in the first half for what appeared to be chatting back to the referee.

ST: Danny Ings - 3/10 - Unusually, no intensity or desire to press.

ST: Ollie Watkins - 5/10 - Had Villa's first proper chance early in the second half after an anonymous first half.

SUB: Robin Olsen (46' for Martinez) - 5/10

SUB: Ezri Konsa (46' for Mings) - 6/10

SUB: Douglas Luiz (46' for Ramsey) - 7/10

SUB: Emiliano Buendia (46' for Coutinho) - 6/10

SUB: Leon Bailey (46' for Ings) - 9/10 - Completely changed the game, dragging a previously sluggish Villa side back into it.

SUB: Kaine Kesler Hayden (64' for Cash) - 6/10

SUB: Calum Chambers (64' for Carlos) - 7/10

SUB: Ashley Young (64' for Digne) - 7/10

SUB: Tim Iroegbunam (64' for Kamara) - 6/10

SUB: Morgan Sansom (64' for McGinn) - 7/10

SUB: Cameron Archer (64' for Watkins) - 7/10


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