“That’s what we didn’t do” – Erik ten Hag reacts to Aston Villa draw

"That's what we didn’t do" - Erik ten Hag reacts to Aston Villa draw

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has explained why his side didn’t maintain their lead over Aston Villa.

Man United started the game on the front foot and got an early lead following a brilliant finish from Jadon Sancho.

On the stroke of halt-time, Marcus Rashford’s strike was deflected into the back of the net by Matty Cash.

United played with a plan, recovered possession on several occasions high up the pitch and played exactly the way Ten Hag would have wanted.

However, Manchester United couldn’t replicate the same intensity as the first half in the second half and that led to an early goal for Aston Villa through Leon Bailey.

The Villans controlled the game afterwards and United had to do more defending, something they haven’t experienced really so far in their ongoing pre-season.

Despite United’s attempt to keep the scoreline at 2-1, Calum Chambers scored the equaliser in the last minute of the game after David de Gea failed to come off his line to intercept Bailey’s cross.

Erik ten Hag reacts to Manchester United's 2-2 draw vs Aston Villa
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Erik ten Hag believes his side’s inability to take control of the game in the second half, just as they did in the first, played a huge role in the draw.

Speaking after the draw, Ten Hag said: “We want to play proactive football, we want to play with initiative, we want to play attacking football — I think that’s what we seen today over long periods, but in the end you have to control the game and that is what we didn’t do.”

The pitch wasn’t in the best shape, thanks to heavy rain. Speaking about the condition of the pitch, he said: “It’s the circumstances you have to deal with. This football field is equal so you have to make an advantage from it.

Manchester United end their tour with a 2-2 draw after they had registered impressive wins over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace.