Instant reaction as Manchester United lose 2-1 to Palace
This was the type of result which can wreck a season.
All of Manchester United’s good work over the last two months was undone in 90 minutes at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace.
The warning signs were there before kick off.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no changes to the team which drew with Wolves.
The substitutes lacked bright hope Angel Gomes, with Jesse Lingard somehow starting again.
Lingard was substituted after 55 minutes, but by this point United were 1-0 down and chasing the game.
There was more penalty farce as Marcus Rashford this time missed one late in the second half.
Dan James equalised in injury time, before farcically, we allowed Patrick van Aanholt to squeeze a winner past David de Gea.
What went wrong?
The team selection is one area to blame. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got this wrong.
Andreas Pereira’s creativity seemed to be missing, with neither Scott McTominay or Jesse Lingard offering enough.
United played without tempo, and Marcus Rashford was sloppy in attack, with Anthony Martial near anonymous.
Luke Shaw’s injury after just half an hour saw Ashley Young come on in defence, which itself was an ominous sign.
But its little use picking apart one or two issues, this result was chickens coming home to roost after an incomplete transfer window.
United are crying out for a proper number 10, and a natural right winger.
These concerns went unaddressed, and this was United paying for it.
Four points from three games now is not good enough, and our initial optimism has quickly been sapped.
United were not unlucky. United were simply terrible.
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