Here is a look at the three most disappointing Manchester United players on the pitch in the 2-2 pre-season draw against Aston Villa.

United’s 100 per cent pre-season record was lost in stoppage time, and there were performances which left something to be desired…

Most disappointing Manchester United players against Aston Villa

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Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw was restored to the United starting lineup at the expense of summer signing Tyrell Malacia, who impressed against Crystal Palace.

Shaw did set up Jadon Sancho’s opening goal with an accurate cross following a smart overlap but he struggled in the second half.

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Villa found plenty of space behind the England international on that left hand side.

That is where Leon Bailey’s goal to half the deficit came from and Harry Maguire had to cover for Shaw not long after that to prevent the same player making it 2-2.

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David de Gea

Plenty has been said about de Gea in pre-season, most notably about his ability to adapt to passing out from the back like Erik ten Hag demands.

But it was his ability from crosses which was under the microscope here, as he struggled on three Villa corners in the second period.

The last of those resulted in Calum Chambers’ equaliser, and de Gea could have been far more commanding in his penalty area.

Like Shaw, there were good signs, most notably a strong save in the second half but this mixed display will have given ten Hag food for thought.

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Donny van de Beek

This was a great opportunity for Van de Beek.

Scott McTominay’s injury handed the Dutchman a chance to start for the first time in pre-season, operating in a number eight role.

But he struggled to get into the game and his touch was not assured when he did get on the ball.

This was a chance missed and he did not play like someone who was really hungry and determined to take the bull by the horns.

Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day program pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.

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