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Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United learned a valuable lesson from second-half collapse against Aston Villa


Jul-23 14:31 first published at 14:31 PM

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has admitted that his team’s second-half collapse against Aston Villa on Saturday taught them a valuable lesson. United’s pre-season tour in Perth came to a disappointing end when they conceded a two-goal lead to their Premier League rivals in the 11th hour. Ten Hag’s men started the game in the same way they had in Thailand and Australia, destroying Villa with high-intensity pressing and impressive passing combinations. On 25 minutes, Jadon Sancho scored after a brilliant team move involving Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, and Luke Shaw. United’s lead was doubled on the stroke of halftime by a Matty Cash own goal, but they were unable to maintain their momentum after the break, and Villa took advantage. Leon Bailey equalized on 49 minutes before Callum Chambers equalized with the game’s final kick, heading past David de Gea from a corner. Ten Hag revealed after the game that he had taken key takeaways from the second-half performance and result ahead of United’s return to Carrington next week. He stated to MUTV: “First-half performance was good, and the score was 2-0. We came out of the locker room in the second half knowing we needed to control the game, but we let it slip away. That’s not good, and it serves as a lesson.” JUST IN: Manchester United 2-2 Aston Villa: Four lessons learned as the Red Devils conclude their tour Erik ten Hag spoke with MUTV after the game. (MUTV) Sign up for the latest MUFC breaking news and transfer updates by clicking HERE. Invalid We use your sign-up to deliver content in ways you’ve agreed to and to better understand you. Based on our understanding, this may include advertisements from us and third parties. You have the option to unsubscribe at any time. More information One of the most important lessons Ten Hag has learned during preseason has been about United’s weaknesses when defending crosses. David de Gea would have been disappointed to concede in such a manner against Crystal Palace and should have done more to prevent Villa’s late equalizer. Many United supporters have expressed concern about De Gea’s ability to command his area and prevent the threat of crosses. Those reservations are understandable, and it’s a flaw that Ten Hag will undoubtedly consider as he works to transform the side from front to back. News transfer LIVE: Harry Kane is in limbo, Chelsea is in turmoil, and Ronaldo has switched clubs. Man United supporters are concerned about David de Gea. (GETTY) De Gea has responded well to the Dutchman’s demands that his goalkeeper take on a more sweeping role, and his distribution has also improved in preseason. However, the 31-year-continued old’s inability to deal with crosses while under pressure is a significant issue that must be addressed. United have two more weeks of training before the start of the competitive season against Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford. And there is plenty of work to be done to ensure the 2022/23 campaign goes to plan and that Ten Hag starts his reign positively. Click HERE to purchase the new Manchester United home shirt. Articles Related to Lampard’s enraged touchline spat with Klopp erupted over a ‘arrogant’ remark. Nketiah is now proving his worth at Arsenal, much to Wenger’s delight. Chelsea’s ideal 25-man squad, with six new additions for Thomas Tuchel

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