Jadon Sancho’s third strike of the summer and a Matty Cash own goal had put United 2-0 up at half-time. Leon Bailey pulled one back after half-time but Erik ten Hag’s side still looked on course to record their fourth victory in a row before Calum Chambers scored with a header in the final seconds.
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The pitch, used by Leeds and Crystal Palace 24 hours earlier, made it hard for players to keep their footing but United still dominated the opening half thanks largely to another impressive performance from Ten Hag’s front three of Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Harry Maguire, given a much warmer reception here than he received in Melbourne, went close with an early header which was brilliantly saved by Emiliano Martinez before Sancho had the Villa keeper diving low to his left after carrying the ball from 40 yards out.