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We are this morning treated to another all-Premier League affair as Erik ten Hag will look to continue his fine start to life in his new job against Steven Gerrard, who will no doubt like to take the manager down a peg or two in Perth. United have played three and won three during pre-season so far, including convincing wins over Liverpool and Crystal Palace.
Ten Hag appears to be having an instant impact on the squad, and especially Anthony Martial who has scored in every game to earn him a spot in the first team for the coming season, having last term being shipped out on loan. A number of other players have also stood out, but face a Villa team who have also impressed Down Under by beating both Leeds United and Brisbane Roar.
Follow the pre-season friendly LIVE with Standard Sport below!
Man United vs Aston Villa highlights
GOAL! Chambers in stoppage time!
GOAL! Bailey pulls one back!
GOAL! Cash own goal off Rashford
GOAL! Shaw finds Sancho to volley home
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Here’s our match report from today.
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How about Leon Bailey, by the way?
Scored within minutes of coming on. Denied a second on the goal line. Assisted Chambers’ last-gasp equaliser.
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94min: The final whistle goes as Villa and Gerrard celebrate.
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93min: At the death!
Bailey’s corner is whipped in and Chambers heads home!
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90min: Into the final minute, then stoppages.
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87min: United break through Iqbal and unto Chong, who cuts inside and has a shot which is deflected wide. Elanga was screaming for the ball.
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84min: A great chance for Villa down the left, but Luiz opts to cross the ball into the centre rather than drive low across De Gea to allow the keeper to parry away.
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80min: Chong gets booked for what looked like a fairly innocuous challenge.
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77min: An attendance of 58,228 bracing the wind and rain inside the Optus Stadium today.
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73min: Another half-chance for Villa and again for Bailey, but Garner hacks the ball clear from inside the six-yard box.
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71min: Hannibal has been on less than three minutes and he's already popping off at Villa players.
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70min: More changes for Villa. Kesler, Chambers, Ashely Young, Iroegbunam, Sanson and Archer are on.
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68min: Right, it's almost all change for United with a little over 20 minutes to play.
Malacia, Varane, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Telles, Garner, Iqbal, Elanga, Hannibal and Chong all coming on.
Telles and Garner in midfield with Iqbal more advanced. Hannibal is up top.
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66min: It should be 2-2!
Villa corner gets whipped in, De Gea misses it, ever United defender misses it and Konsa misses it.
How’s that not gone in?
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63min: Almost a second for Bailey!
He skips into the area and around De Gea, but Maguire's sliding tackle stops it on the line.
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61min: Cash and Bailey combined well down the right.
One for Fantasy Premier League players to take note of.
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57min: Almost a second Villa own goal!
Sancho runs clear and looks to find Martial in the centre, but Konsa’s interception bounces back off Olsen and away.
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53min: Bailey is showing more in eight minutes then the entire team in the first half.
He’s bang up for this.
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50min: Bailey pulls one back!
He makes easy work of Lindelof, cuts inside and finds De Gea's far bottom corner.
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46min: Back under way.
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Five changes for Villa.
Martinez, Mings, Ramsey, Coutinho and Ings make way for Olsen, Konsa, Douglas Luiz, Buendia and Bailey
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No changes for United... shows what MUTV know!
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MUTV now saying it might be all change at half-time... shows what I know!
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We may not see as many changes as usual at the break, with the new season now just two weeks away. Erik ten Hag will want to give certain players as many minutes as possible, and many of those are already on the pitch.
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A Sancho opener followed by a Cash own goal and United are good value for their lead.
It's raining by the way, if you hadn't heard.
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46min: Time to dry off.
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43min: The players can barely see, let alone control the ball, thanks to the downpour.
Half-time a few mins away.
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42min: The heavens have opened and surely this has played a part in the second goal.
Sancho tries to find Rashford in the area, and the ball ends up bouncing off Cash and into the goal.
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38min: Heart in mouth time for De Gea as Lindelof stretches to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper and almost scores an own goal. Odd little moment, that.
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35min: Rashford has half a sight of goal from the edge of the area, but the shot is narrowly wide of the near post.
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30min: United deserve the lead and remain on top. Pitch coping OK, but Villa not seeing much of the ball.
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25min: Lovely, lovely goal.
Fernandes finds Rashford, who in turn feeds an overlapping Shaw down the left. He stands the ball up for Sancho to volley home from eight yards.
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24min: Up the other end, Ings and Watkins slip and slide but still combine inside the area for a weak attempt on goal.
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22min: Martial’s eyes light up as Fernandes heads the ball down into his path in the area, but Cash hoofs the ball clear.
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18min: A lively start in Perth. End to end stuff.
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13min: Coutinho booked for mouthing off at the referee as Gerrard gives the linesman a piece of his mind.
It's a friendly, lads.
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11min: Martinez called into action again as Sancho has a pop just inside the area. Another fine stop, this time low to his left.
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10min: Cash involved again, this time back in defence as he prevents Rashford running onto the ball and into the area.
The pitch is in all sorts of disarray.
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8min: Lovely strike from Cash, who has De Gea panicking with a low drive across goal from around 22 yards.
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6min: Superb save from Martinez to keep out a Maguire header! No boos that time.
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2min: Two minutes in and the pitch is already playing havoc with players slipping.
Not what you need two weeks ahead of a new Premier League season.
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1min: First thing to immediately point out is the literally patched together pitch. There are big lighter shades of green turf across the pitch, which is already cutting up.
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We're underway in a sold out Optus Stadium in Perth.
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A first start to Donny van de Beek under Erik ten Hag today. Scott McTominay is missing after the boss decided not to risk his fitness.
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Here come the teams.
Maguire booed again
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Harry Maguire’s name is subjected to boos again, this time just for the appearance of his name on the stadium board.
A mixture of cheers and boos.
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Kick off is just over 10 minutes away.
‘It’s a pity the pitch is not that good'
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Here’s Erik ten Hag on the pitch.
"It is a wonderful stadium. It is a pity the pitch is not that good, because our football also demands a good pitch. But also, when the pitch is still not that good, we still have to deliver. I demand a good performance from our team."
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It’s getting worse. A torrential downpour now.
— Tyrone Marshall (@TyMarshall_MEN) July 23, 2022
Aston Villa XI
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...and here’s Villa.
This is your Aston Villa team to face Manchester United at the Optus Stadium. 👊#ICONPerth
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 23, 2022
Man United XI
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Here we go.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 23, 2022
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It has just started raining again in Perth as the Aston Villa players had a look at the pitch.
Manchester United players just followed them out in the windy conditions.
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It’s been a positive start for United under Ten Hag, with a fluid front-line in particular clicking into gear with 11 goals across three games in Australia so far.
Villa will likely name close to a full-strength side and can certainly trouble the United defence, but the likes of Martial, Rashford and Sancho have looked sharp and should help maintain the winning record until the new manager.
Man United to win 3-1.
How about Villa?
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Villa are slightly more difficult to predict as they continue their pre-season preparations, with Gerrard naming an almost entirely different side for the second-half against Brisbane Roar.
Tyrone Mings, Ollie Watkins and Jacob Ramsey came on for the second-half in that match, and there’s a strong start all three will be in from the off against United.
Early team news
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Ten Hag has gone strong with his lineup in all of United’s matches in Australia so far and the same can be expected against Villa.
Anthony Martial will surely get another chance to continue his goalscoring form in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford also likely to start again.
New signing Tyrell Malacia played more minutes than most against Palace so may be rested, with Luke Shaw and Alex Telles pushing for starts. Raphael Varane missed out last match but United have insisted that was only precautionary, so he should return to the squad.
How to watch
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TV channel and live stream: The game will be broadcast via a live stream on MUTV and Villa TV.
LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action via Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
Match goes ahead
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Well, that panic was over quickly. The match will kick-off at the planned time.
An official statement reads: “After a final pitch inspection, organisers have confirmed that tonight’s match will go ahead on time with kick off as planned at 17.45 (local time).”
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There are concerns over the pitch in Perth after plenty of rain today. As it stands, the game is going ahead but we will keep you posted.
That is the worst area. They are kicking a ball on it, which mostly, is rolling quite well. pic.twitter.com/GQIIgLgfRB
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 23, 2022
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Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the pre-season fixture between Manchester United and Aston Villa!
Kick-off in Perth is at 10.45am BST, so in around two and a bit hours. Stick with us.