Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has admitted he learned a valuable lesson from his side’s second-half collapse against Aston Villa on Saturday. United suffered a disappointing end to their pre-season tour in Perth, conceding in the 11th hour to surrender a two-goal lead against their Premier League rivals.
Ten Hag’s men started the game similarly to their previous success in Thailand and Australia, blowing Villa away with high-intensity pressing and impressive passing combinations. Jadon Sancho opened the scoring on 25 minutes, getting on the end of a sensational team move involving Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw.
United’s lead doubled through a Matty Cash own-goal on the brink of half-time, but they failed to continue their momentum after the break, and Villa took advantage. Leon Bailey grabbed a goal back on 49 minutes before Callum Chambers equalised with the final kick of the game, heading past David de Gea from a corner.
After full-time, Ten Hag revealed he had gained key takeaways from the second-half performance and result ahead of United’s return to Carrington next week. He told MUTV: “First-half, decent performance, 2-0 up. Second-half, we came back out of the dressing room, and we had to control the game, and we gave it away. That’s no good, so that is a lesson.”
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