Manchester United’s preparations for the new season suffered a dent as they were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa in a friendly on Saturday.

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.

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.”

And United are believed to have played a weakened line-up for the game, with reports suggesting the startling eleven was: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Shaw, Williams, McTominay, Fred, Pereira, Mata, Lingard, Ighalo.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left red-faced after being hammered by Aston Villa 1-0 in a preseason friendly played behind closed doors at Villa Park. PHOTO/COURTESY

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.

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.


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