Manchester Utd 2-2 Aston Villa: Late header as game ends even

Chambers scores late as Villa draw against Man Utd

Jul 23, 2022 by BBC News - Home

Key Facts

  • Much of the first half of the match was played in torrential rain Calum Chambers' stoppage-time header cost Manchester United their 100% pre-season record under new manager Erik ten Hag as Aston Villa came back from two goals down to end their own tour of Australia unbeaten at a rain-sodden Optus Stadium in Perth.
  • United are expected to complete the signing of Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax in time for him to start training with his new team-mates, including Christian Eriksen, early next week, before encounters with Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano.
  • Ground staff tried to get rid of the excess water from three hours before kick-off and host broadcaster Channel 10 said in commentary there had even been a plan to fly a helicopter over the grass in an effort to dry out the surface.
  • That did not happen in the end, although neither set of players looked comfortable when they tried to turn and as Gerrard had his hood pulled over his head to protect himself from another downpour when United's second goal went in, it did not indicate he was having a particularly great time.

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