Ex-England international Ashley Young was featured during the Manchester United clash at the Optus Stadium in Burswood, Australia earlier this weekend. He was a second half substitute as the two teams settled for a four-goal thriller. The two Premier League clubs had a perfect pre-season record before they faced each other in Australia. They had won three games each before the meeting on Saturday which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Experienced campaigner Ashley Young was able to face his former club at the Optus Stadium. The veteran player came on as a second half substitute for Scotland midfielder John McGinn on 64 minutes. Ashley Young will spend another season at Villa after he signed a one-year contract extension this summer. He returned to Villa Parkfor his second spell at the club last summer on a one-year contract.
Manchester United had too much quality for Aston Villa in the first half of their pre-season clash and they had two goals to show for their superiority. England international Jadon Sancho scored the first United goal on 25 minutes before the own goal from Polish international Matty Cash doubled the advantage three minutes from the half-time interval. Aston Villa pulled a goal back four minutes after restart through Leon Bailey. Bailey was able to make it two goals in four pre-season games with the first Villa goal against the Red Devils.
Ashley Young entered into the game with Aston Villa trailing 2-1 to Manchester United. While Young was on the pitch, Villa were able to score a late equaliser. Former Southampton and Arsenal central defender CalumChambers came off the bench to score the equaliser for Villa in stoppage time. He had come on for attacker Ollie Watkins in the second half. The late goal from Chambers denied Manchester United the chance to continue their perfect pre-season record.