Perth, Australia, July 23, 2022 (AFP) – New Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag demanded his group take heed of their “unacceptable” second-half lapse after a 2-2 pleasant draw in opposition to Aston Villa on Saturday.

United let slip a two-goal benefit to finish Ten Hag’s successful run within the closing recreation of their preseason tour of Asia and Australia.

United, carrying their white away shirts, exhibited their newfound attacking aptitude in a dominant first half, however conceded a header to Villa’s Calum Chambers within the dying seconds amid inclement circumstances at Perth’s Optus Stadium marked by a soggy pitch.

“The drop of focus is unacceptable. That can’t occur,” Ten Hag advised reporters.

“We have now to be taught from the second half that it’s not doable simply to be comfy being two objectives up.”

United wrapped up their tour with England nationwide participant Jadon Sancho a standout to say his third objective from 4 friendlies.

They’d earlier notched convincing victories over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory, and Crystal Palace forward of their English Premier League opener in opposition to Brighton on Aug. 7.

Despite the fact that the second-half collapse ended their tour on a bitter word, Ten Hag was nonetheless buoyed by the indicators of enchancment from United, who had completed a disappointing sixth in final season’s Premier League.

“I’ve seen a variety of progress within the final two weeks,” he stated.

“Within the first half, I noticed actually good soccer.

“The blokes may need been drained, however it’s by no means an excuse.”

Steven Gerrard’s Villa – who completed 14th within the Premier League final season – struggled to match United’s vitality early earlier than storming again into the competition to complete with no defeat of their preseason marketing campaign.

Villa’s Premier League opener is in opposition to Bournemouth on Aug. 6.

“Folks have actually jumped out in that second half and let me know they need to be within the beginning eleven, so I am happy as a result of I used to be pissed off at halftime,” stated former Liverpool star Gerrard.

After heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed Perth earlier within the day, there have been fears the sport is likely to be cancelled as a result of a waterlogged pitch, however the contest went forward as scheduled.

Embattled skipper Harry Maguire, who copped jeering from followers in Melbourne final week harking back to the destructive response he acquired final season, had a muted response from the near-capacity crowd of 58,228.

He was within the motion early with an excellent header that was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who was beneath siege.

The Argentine was helpless within the twenty fourth minute when 22-year-old Sancho powerfully struck residence the volley after Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford mixed properly on the left facet.

Amid torrential rain simply earlier than halftime, Sancho continued to menace with a depraved cross smacking into Villa’s Matty Money for an personal objective.

Ten Hag resisted making modifications at halftime, however Gerrard’s choice to deliver on winger Leon Bailey proved impressed, with the Jamaican nailing a long-range shot to claw Villa again into the competition.

The speedy Bailey threatened an equaliser in opposition to a new-look United after Ten Hag rang the modifications within the 68th minute, but it surely was Chambers who stepped up on the loss of life.

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