Chambers scores late as Villa draw Man Utd

Calum Chambers’ header in stoppage time cost Manchester United their 100 per cent pre-season record under new manager Erik ten Hag as Aston Villa came back from two goals down to finish their own Australian tour unbeaten in the a rain-soaked Optus Stadium in Perth.

Chambers rose unchallenged to nod home a rather sweet second that will give Ten Hag something to ponder on his team’s return to Manchester, reports the BBC.

Jadon Sancho’s third goal of the trip had given United an early lead and when Villa’s Matty Cash turned a Marcus Rashford effort beyond the reach of his own keeper Emi Martinez, it looked like victory was assured.

But substitute Leon Bailey pulled one back just after half-time and Chambers’ effort was rewarded with a much improved performance from Steven Gerrard’s men.

United are set to complete the signing of Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax in time for him to start training with new team-mates, including Christian Eriksen, early next week ahead of meetings with Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. On that evidence, they might need him.

It’s highly likely that Ten Hag and Gerrard will be more concerned about whether their respective teams got through the game injury-free.

Bad weather and bad terrain

Numerous heavy downpours in the hours leading up to kick-off left the pitch in a sorry state.

Ground staff tried to get rid of the excess water three hours before kick-off and host broadcaster Channel 10 said in a commentary that there were even plans to fly a helicopter overhead grass in order to dry out the surface.

That didn’t happen in the end, although neither player looked comfortable when they tried to turn around and Gerrard had his hood pulled over his head to protect himself from being knocked over. another downpour when United’s second goal came in, it didn’t indicate he was having a particularly good time.

The Villa boss’ mood improved when Bailey cut inside Victor Lindelof and curled a shot into the bottom corner early in the second half.

Sancho was the wide player who lit up the opening period.

The former Borussia Dortmund winger has only played for England once since missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in the final a while ago just over 12 months.

He struggled in his first season at Old Trafford but, with three goals in four games, he finished joint top scorer on tour with Anthony Martial and looks like the attacking threat that caught him to United’s eye. in the first place.

His final effort was excellent, with Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw all involved before Sancho headed home at the far post.

Not that everything went United’s way.

Bailey would have equalized if Harry Maguire hadn’t stepped back to deflect his effort on goal after the Jamaican passed David de Gea, while Ezri Konsa failed to convert with the goal at his mercy.

Chambers had the last laugh – allowing both clubs to complete their respective tours unbeaten.


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