Manchester United show familiar failings in defeat to Crystal Palace

Andreas Pereira Manchester United 2019-20

Manchester United slumped to their first Premier League defeat of the season as David De Gea's mistake handed Crystal Palace a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

Many streamed out after Patrick van Aanholt's stoppage-time victor, no doubt feeling they had seen it all before; United conceded two poor goals, and at the other end, a lack of creativity restricted the hosts to just three shots on target.

"It's not that I've left it to the players to sort out, we've nominated two", the Norwegian insisted.

"We just weren't clinical enough".

Manchester United have announced their team and substitutes to play host to Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace outfit at Old Trafford this afternoon.

The now-Inter striker split opinion among United supporters, but he averaged a goal every two games and no other player boasts a similar ratio.

Speaking to United's official website, Solskjaer added: "The last two results were disappointments because at Wolverhampton you feel we deserved to win, and today we deserved to win, but you don't always get what you deserve in football". As United fans and players cried for a penalty, referee Paul Tierney decided not to award a spot kick and a VAR check didn't overturn his decision. But that was a goal of United's own making.

Then there was the penalty, Luka Milivojevic rightly punished for tripping McTominay only for the frustrating Marcus Rashford's effort to clatter the inside of the left-hand post, cross the six-yard box and go out for a goal kick. At least there had been no argument about the taker this time.

GK David De Gea, 5 - Spent most of the game watching and then made a awful error in stoppage time when Van Aanholt's shot squirmed underneath him at the near post.

Manchester United have lost their first game of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Existing first teamers such as Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial are being offered ever-more responsibility by the United manager while emerging stars such as Mason Greenwood and Axel Tuanzebe have established themselves as significant squad members. Would it really be so bad to give Alexis Sanchez, a player apparently being encouraged to leave on loan to Inter, another chance in the squad?

MF Juan Mata, N/R. - Had no time to make an impact.

Zaha started to bring out some of his party tricks, dribbling down the right, as his side were clearly given a major shot of confidence by the 32nd-minute goal. "We trust them to score again".



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