Man Utd boss Ten Hag upset after Aston Villa draw: We gave it away

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag admitted frustration after their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in Perth.

Jadon Sancho’s volley and a Matty Cash own-goal had given United a 2-0 lead at half-time, but substitutes Leon Bailey and Chambers scored in the second half to earn Steven Gerrard’s side a draw.

“First half was a decent performance, 2-0 up, but, the second half, we came back out of the dressing room, we had control of the game and we gave it away,” explained Ten Hag. “That’s not good so that is a lesson.

“For the players, for the team, I think we make a lot of progress, a lot of positive aspects. I would say also, at the end, a setback, but it’s also part of the season, a season is not always going up, you also have to have setbacks and have to deal with it.

“They [the players] can have a lot of confidence because they are good but they only have to know we have to work hard and play as a team, then we will have good performances.”

The pitch cut up terribly at the Optus Stadium in the second half, in the face of such torrential rain, which clearly affected both teams’ attempts to play passing football.

It affected the game as a spectacle in the closing stages but the boss was offering no excuses about the surface.

“These are the circumstances we have to deal with on a football field, it’s equal and you have to make an advantage from it,” he insisted.