MANCHESTER UNITED’s preparations for the new season appear to have suffered a dent with defeat to Aston Villa in a friendly on Saturday.
Reports suggest the Red Devils crashed to a 1-0 defeat in a game that was played behind closed doors to last season’s Premier League strugglers.
Details are sketchy with the clubs agreeing not to divulge the result of the game until it is aired on MUTV this evening.
But tweets from the ground claims Villa’s £28million club record signing Ollie Watkins got the only goal of the match, just days after arriving from Brentford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he was going to use the game “to give players minutes.”
His starting XI was: Dean Henderson; Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James; Odion Ighalo.
But they were unable to claim a result at Villa Park in their final preseason game before they finally begin their Prem season against Crystal Palace next weekend.
A notable absentee from the starting line-up was Paul Pogba, who only began training this week with the rest of the United squad after testing positive with coronavirus at the end of August.
The result left United fans fuming online – with some demanding the club invest in more players.
Art is life wrote: “We played a friendly a Villa and we already lost! Man U, Nawa!
While Almanuman tweeted: “Might need some more signings though, eh @ManUtd.”
And Chico said: “Our second 11 is utter garbage, who would’ve thought.”
We played a friendly a Villa and we already lost! Man Utd, Nawa!
We got beat by Villa?? Fuck sake! … S’ok, merely a pre-season friendly…
Might need some more signings though, eh @ManUtd
@ManUtd lost to Aston Villa I’m hearing?? This’s what will be happening every league game if those parasites won’t sign players.
@ManUtd lose their first pre season vs Aston Villa typical United struggling vs lesser opposition
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have added £40million Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek to their ranks.
But they’re still unable to agree a fee for top transfer target Jadon Sancho with his club Borussia Dortmund.
Although, it has been reported that the club have resolved an issue with potential agents fees in that deal.